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Deborah Baddoo MBE
Deborah trained at the University of Surrey, and went on to gain an MA in Performance Arts at Middlesex University. A performer and choreographer in her own right, in the fields of jazz and African contemporary dance, Deborah went on to open Pyramid Dance Studio in London in 1985, which was instrumental in providing a launch pad for so many artists and companies. Throughout her varied career she has pursued a passionate, long-term vision to support the development of established and emerging choreographers nationally and internationally, and in 2010 she was awarded an MBE for services to British dance.
In 1982 English singer and producer Steve Marshall co-founded Pyramid Arts Development in East London, and from there he worked and studied with artists from around the world, including U.S. drummer Clifford Jarvis, Nigerian percussionists Jimmy Scott and Sonny Akpan, and reggae legend Lee “Scratch” Perry. He went on to set up arts production company State of Emergency Limited with Deborah Baddoo and became active in directing and composing for dance theatre. For his productions with Lee Perry, Rolling Stone Keith Richards and Godfather of Funk George Clinton Steve has achieved two Grammy nominations.
Paul Land (Chair)
As Managing Director of Devonshire Homes Limited, Paul successfully led the company through the recession, gaining NHBC Pride in Jobs Award for five successive years, two years Regional Winners; National Winners for NHBC Health and Safety Award 2012 and Regional Award Winners 2011 and 2012. Paul has extensive experience in the private and public sectors including work with HBA, HCA, Government departments, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Bank, Alder King, Wain Homes and J W Sharman Ltd.
Steve is a motivated Health Informatics Director and PRINCE 2 Practitioner who consistently achieves objectives. He has extensive experience gained from working with a large number of organisations, projects, services and technologies, and well developed inter-personal skills, a proven track record in motivation and team building, and an analytical and investigative approach to work. Steve has in-depth understanding of Health Intelligence, Analytics, Business Intelligence, commissioning and contractual issues, with proven success in data warehousing solutions and contracting analysis and modelling.
Colin is a corporate communications professional with extensive media relations skills, strong organisational abilities and wide experience of dealing with complex issues within leading international organisations. His specialisms include developing external communication strategies, handling sensitive issues, internal communication, publications production, maximising sponsorships and media training.
Sophie has worked in the cultural industries, community development and conflict transformation in Belfast since 2007, combining a broad skills set and experience across the arts and cultural industry sector with community development and social enterprise models. Sophie is a 'hybrid' entrepreneur with a passion for developing liveable places that are community driven. Her work focuses on enabling communities to take charge of their collective futures via events, public art, strategic partnership, co-design, collaboration and fundraising.
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