Board of trustees

Althea Efunshile CBE
Chair of Ballet Black

Althea Efunshile CBE has had a 40 year career working primarily in the fields of education, the arts, and children & young people. She is also Chair of Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing. Althea is passionate about social justice. She was Deputy Chief Executive of Arts Council England, and a senior civil servant in the Department for Education and Skills working in various director level roles all concerned with improving outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged children. She was Executive Director for Education and Culture at London Borough of Lewisham, and Assistant Director of Education at London Borough of Merton. Althea has previously been a Non-Executive Director of a number of organisations including University College London Hospitals; Channel 4; and Goldsmiths College. She began her career as a secondary school teacher.

Tonye Vianana
Tonye Vianana

Tonye Vianana is a Chartered Accountant with a near 20-year career working in strategic finance. Currently she is Finance Director for a global membership association focused on values-driven investing worldwide. She has worked as a Finance Director for a start-up consultancy firm supporting the process of securing government funding for innovative firms. She was a Group Head Accountant for Green Deal Finance Group, a government-backed firm aimed at providing finance to homeowners for energy-saving home improvements. A ballet devotee, Tonye worked as Company Accountant for English National Ballet where she also focused on transforming systems and processes. Tonye has experience in designing and implementing fundraising strategies, working with donors, corporates, foundations and philanthropists. She also serves as a trustee for a start-up charity, The JUMP that works with communities to make key changes for sustainability and climate change.

Tunde Banjoko OBE

Tunde Banjoko OBE is Chief Executive and Founder of Making The Leap, an inspirational youth & social mobility charity that makes a positive impact for thousands of young people every year. In 2017, he founded the UK Social Mobility Awards, an initiative with the ambition to make the advancement social mobility a key part of how organisations are run in this country. He has an MSc in Urban Regeneration from UCL, was awarded an OBE in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, is Chair of an education charity that supports children in Africa, and is a Trustee of a multi-academy schools trust and of a prominent arts charity. Tunde acts as a consultant to organisations on improving race equality in the workplace, is trained as an executive coach and hosts a podcast on addressing socio-economic disadvantage.

Heidi Hall

Heidi Hall is the Charitable Foundation Director for the Stephen Perse Foundation. She recently led Central School of Ballet as its Director, raising £10m for the school’s new premises on the Southbank. Heidi had an extensive performance career, before moving into Senior Arts Management. Her experience covers development, fundraising and creative projects including the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. In 2018 she was recognised for her leadership by the annual Third Sector Awards, winning the Rising Chief Executive Award.  Heidi was appointed to the Board of Governors at Central School of Ballet in recognition of her success and commitment. She is a member of the Board at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness and sits on the advisory Board for KND.

Christopher Hampson

Christopher Hampson joined Scottish Ballet as Artistic Director in 2012 and was appointed Artistic Director / Chief Executive in 2015. His choreographic work began at The Royal Ballet Schools where he trained, and continued at English National Ballet (ENB) where he danced until 1999, and for whom he subsequently created numerous award-winning works. Beyond Scottish Ballet, Christopher has participated in TEDx Glasgow, and has developed and led the inaugural Young Rural Retreat for Aspiring Leaders, in association with Dance East. He is a co-founder of the International Ballet Masterclasses in Prague and has been a guest teacher for many major international companies. His work now forms part of the Solo Seal Award for the Royal Academy of Dance.

Patricia Hamzahee FRSA

Following a 20 year career in investment banking and financial communications, Patricia now helps social enterprises attract private capital and advises funders on their responsible investment strategies. She is an avid champion of conscientious capitalism, diversity, inclusion, heritage, history, social justice, youth and social mobility. She chairs the Development Board of Black Cultural Archives, co-Chairs the World Council of International House, is a Senior Advisor with The Good Economy social value consultancy and an Associate Director of The Finance Foundation. Speaking five languages, she has lived or worked in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South America and the United States.

Andrew Hochhauser QC

Andrew Hochhauser is a QC at Essex Court Chambers and a Deputy High Court Judge. He specialises in commercial and employment litigation. He is a former Trustee of the V&A, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Chair of Paintings in Hospitals, a Governor of the University of the Arts London, a Trustee of the National AIDS Trust, a Director of Ensemble Plus Ultra and Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Courtauld Institute of Art. He is passionate about dance, and was Chair of Dance Umbrella from 2007-2014 and thereafter a Governor of the Central School of Ballet. In 2011 he co-founded the Access to the Bar Awards at the Hon Society of Middle Temple to provide bursaries to encourage talented students from less privileged backgrounds to come to the Bar.

Anna Prag

Anna Prag has had a 25 year career working in fundraising and grant-making roles across the not for profit, business and government sectors on sustainable business and international development issues. She has considerable experience in designing and implementing fundraising strategies, working with a diverse range of donors, corporates, foundations and philanthropists. She currently manages a fund at the Indigo Trust; a grant making foundation and one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. Anna is a volunteer with the British Red Cross on their refugee support programme. She’s a lifelong dance and ballet lover.

Ballet Black

CEO, Artistic Director & Founder: Cassa Pancho MBE
Patrons: Kwame Kwei Armah OBE & Thandiwe Newton OBE

Producer | Finance Manager – Richard Bolton
Media & Special Projects Producer – Kelly Quintyne
Operations Manager – Mary Caws Bourne
Company Secretary – Jane Webster

Cassa Pancho’s Ballet Black continues to provide the UK with a volume of new and exciting choreographic works. Commissioning from a wealth of diverse talent, the Company is seen both as a platform for great artistic direction and as a means to assist the development and raise the profile of all culturally diverse dancers.

We support more than a professional ballet company. We also run the Ballet Black Junior School with subsidised classes so that all have a chance to experience ballet and our Associate Programme forms a natural bridge between the School and those who wish to extend their ballet towards a professional level.