New East London Dance Chair Announced

We’re thrilled to announce that Jacqueline Rose has been appointed as Chair of Trustees for East London Dance, as we continue on the exciting next chapter from our new home, the Talent House.

Jacqueline takes up the role following an incredible 7-year tenure from outgoing Chair Moira Sinclair OBE, throughout which she guided the organisation into its own purpose-built home for dance in 2022.

Jacqueline, currently Senior Manager for Culture and Creative Industries at the Greater London Authority (GLA), has a long association with East London Dance, through her roles as Director of Big Dance and senior dance policymaker at Arts Council England.

Throughout her career, Jacqueline has supported positive change by creating opportunities for people to enjoy and work in culture and dance. With her legacy of work for Arts Council England, Big Dance, the BBC’s Get Creative campaign and her current role at the GLA, Jacqueline brings with her a wealth of dance and arts sector knowledge and leadership experience. These skills will be invaluable for the organisation, as it continues its mission to equip young diverse talent in east London to become the next generation of dance professionals; provide free and affordable access to world-class facilities as a launchpad for young creatives to reach new audiences; and facilitate collaboration among young people and early-career creatives and producers.

Jacqueline Rose, Incoming Chair of Trustees, East London Dance said:

“I am a huge long-time fan of East London Dance, having worked with the organisation and its previous directors over many years, including my time leading Big Dance. It is very exciting to join its new leadership team in forging a bright new future for the organisation and building on Moira’s significant legacy.

I am proud to be part of the organisation’s next phase of development to further support and grow dance in east London. Connecting people to dance across London, the UK and internationally has been an enormous part of my life, so it feels especially thrilling to be joining an organisation with such a long history of deep connections to artists and its local community.

I’m looking forward to working with this small but mighty team on its inspiring next chapter. There has been significant investment and effort by many people, including a brilliant board, to realise the creation of the Talent House. Now is the time to share the opportunities this has generated with a wide range of artists and the local communities.

Working with the team and board, we are committed to building a home and organisation that reflects and serves the diverse young people, artists and producers we work with and the local community. There is an open invitation to everyone who wants to connect with us to help make this vision a reality.”

Tia Hassan & Kate Scanlan, Joint Creative Director and CEO, East London Dance said:

“We are thrilled to have secured a new Chair that loves the organisation and understands the transformational power of dance!

Jacqueline shares East London Dance’s values and is ready to join us in our continued support of youth engagement, the development and nurturing of talent and the platforming of next generation artists and creative leaders in dance.

Jacqueline recognises the importance of how we can help unlock talent in the young people, creatives and communities that engage with us, and she has some brilliant ideas around how this power can influence the next stage of development of the board, partnerships and organisations we work with.

Together, our ambition is to make the organisation more sustainable and relevant for its people, starting by creating an artist advisory board to share leadership; developing and diversifying our board; and finding a co-chair that makes us more reflective of our communities. We’re delighted to be working with Jacqueline as Chair, as she takes over from the incredible Moira Sinclair and we embark on East London Dance’s next exciting chapter.”

Moira Sinclair OBE, Outgoing Chair of Trustees, East London Dance said:

“I couldn’t be happier that Jacqueline is the next Chair of East London Dance. She’s a great fit in terms of her values, her expertise and understanding about the role of culture in communities, and most importantly her passion for dance. It makes stepping away from an organisation I love just that little bit easier and I wish her, Kate and Tia, and the entire team of Board and staff the very best as they embark on the next stage in the East London Dance adventure.”