RICHARD THOMAS CHAIR
Richard has a longstanding interest in supporting contemporary art, music and dance. Currently working in professional services, he has previously been an occupational psychologist, and a policy official at HM Treasury.
Between 2002 and 2012 he was trustee and latterly chairman of the national charity Pilotlight, from which he brings his knowledge of charity governance and organisational structures.
In 2010 he established a Foundation to commission composers, promote performances and release recordings; and in 2012 he founded the commissioning circle for the Manchester International Festival.
Helen has over twelve years of experience working within the dance sector. She started her career at Woking Dance Festival before joining The Place as Programming Associate where she worked with many emerging choreographers, including Hofesh Shechter, producing his early works Uprising (2006) and In your rooms (2007). Together with Shechter, Helen founded Hofesh Shechter Company in 2008, and under her leadership the company grew to become a major national and international presence establishing significant partnerships with high profile venues in the UK and in major world cities.
Most recently Helen joined Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell’s HOUSE Productions as Chief Operating Officer, working with Ross and Howell to establish the company as a new home for talent across television drama and feature films.
Alongside NMC she also currently sits on the boards of London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) and Aerowaves European dance network.
In March 2017 Helen was appointed Chief Executive / Executive Producer at Rambert.