Board of trustees
Althea Efunshile CBE holds a number of non-executive roles: at Channel 4; National College Creative Industries; Goldsmiths College, University of London; and University College London Hospitals. She is passionate about social justice, arts & culture, and children & young people. Althea has been 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 disadvantaged children. She was Executive Director for Education and Culture at the London Borough of Lewisham, and Assistant Director of Education at the London Borough of Merton. Althea began her career 40 years ago as a secondary school teacher and then a youth worker.
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 disdadvantage.
Heidi Hall is the Director of Central School of Ballet in London. She trained at Central and had an extensive performance career. On retiring from the stage Heidi moved into Arts management, focusing on both Fundraising and creative projects including working for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Heidi is a committed advocate for those excluded from participation in Arts and Culture. She is passionate about delivering educational and outreach opportunities. In September 2016 Heidi was appointed Director of Central School of Ballet where she has led a Capital Campaign to move the school to bespoke premises on London’s Southbank. In 2018 Heidi was recognised for her success on this project with the Rising Chief Executive Award by the annual Third Sector Awards. Heidi is also a member of the Board at Eden Court in Inverness.
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.
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 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.
Lela Kogbara is a qualified accountant and was a senior leader in the public sector for 25 years, which included responsibility for finance, policy, adult education and arts and culture. She is now volunteering and doing her Masters with Black Thrive, which is a partnership tackling mental health inequalities for black people in Lambeth. Lela continues to follow her passion for equality and social justice as a board member of Action for Southern Africa (the successor to the Anti-Apartheid Movement), Bernie Grant Arts Centre, DFN Project Search, Global Generation, Health and Employment Partnerships and of course Ballet Black.
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.
CEO, Artistic Director & Founder: Cassa Pancho MBE
Patrons: Kwame Kwei Armah OBE & Thandie Newton OBE
Company Administrator – Hannah Grainger Gibbs
Finance Manager – Richard Bolton
Operations Manager – Deborah Bourne
Company Secretary – Jane Webster
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.