Our People

We are proud to be a world class centre of excellence for the training and education of classical ballet dancers where graduating students are prepared to secure contracts with national and international ballet companies. Teachers come from successful professional dance backgrounds and teach with passion and commitment.

Jessica Wheeler

Principal

Jessica trained as a contemporary dancer and choreographer at Trinity Laban and went on to perform with their resident company, Transitions, among other freelance projects. Having sustained an injury during her dance career, she took the opportunity to pursue her other passion – teaching. She taught dance in a number of schools and colleges as well as holding senior appointments in London Secondary Schools before joining Elmhurst Ballet School as Principal in 2010.

Jessica has always had a passion and interest in choreography and has enjoyed creating work for a number of youth companies including the award winning team at The Grange Opera.

In her role as Principal, Jessica is the Chair of the national Music and Dance Scheme school’s head teachers group and is involved in a number of other networks to support the development of Elmhurst. Jessica is a Team Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Ofsted have described her as a ‘highly effective leader’.

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Alison Matthews

Governor

Dan Howard

Governor (Chair)

James Harris

Governor

Lynn Wallis OBE

Governor

Megan Piper

Governor

Pearl Chesterman

Governor

Prof John Bryson

Governor

Prof Matt Wyon

Governor

Roy Shields

Governor

Sarah Evans OBE

Governor

Sarah Harrison

Governor

Sue Butler

Governor

Tim Abbotts

Governor

Carlos Acosta

Vice President

Dame Merle Park

Vice President

David Bintley

Artistic Advisor

Desmond Kelly

Artistic Advisor

Maina Gielgud

Vice President

Prof Sir David Eastwood

President

Sir Peter Wright

Vice President

Wayne McGregor

Vice President

Annelli Peavot

Assistant Principal (Health, Wellbeing and Safeguarding)

Denise Whiteman

Director of Dance Training

Lucy Caddick

Director of Finance and Operations

Manpreet Sambhi

Head of Teaching and Learning and Teacher in charge of Maths

Robert Parker

Artistic Director

Sara Wells

Vice Principal

Dudley Ray

Director of Music

Jeanette Mould

Cleaning Supervisor and Receptionist; Birmingham Young Dancers

Jennifer MacNamara

Head of Contemporary, Jazz and related dance styles

Kieran Grinnel

Facilities Manager

Lesley-Anne Tulley

Head of Pastoral Care (lower school) and Houseparent - Fischer House

Liz Innis

HR Officer

Michelle Lester

Teacher in charge of English and Progress Leader

Natalie Barge

School Finance Manager

Rosemary Griffiths

PA to the Principal

Sabina Storrod

Head of Development and Engagement

Silvia Jimenez

Head of Elmhurst Ballet Company and Ballet Teacher

Simon Housley

Teacher in charge of Science, Head of Data and Assessment

William Deeley

Houseparent - Mortimer House and Progress Leader (Key Stage 3)

Ana Garcia

Flamenco Teacher

Andrea Tredinnick

Ballet Teacher

Angela Towler

Contemporary Teacher

Denise Whiteman

Director of Dance Training

Gloria Grigolato

Ballet Teacher

James Grundy

Ballet Teacher

Jennifer MacNamara

Head of Contemporary, Jazz and related dance styles

Judith Rowann

Ballet Teacher/Body Conditioning Coach

Laetitia Lo Sardo

Ballet Teacher

Lee Robinson

Ballet Teacher

Lei Zhao

Ballet Teacher

Michael Ho

Ballet Teacher

Nicky Linzie

Ballet Teacher

Robert Parker

Artistic Director

Sander Blommaert

Ballet Teacher

Sarah Moore

Jazz Teacher

Sarah-Jayne Blackwell

Jazz Teacher (Maternity Cover)

Silvia Jimenez

Head of Elmhurst Ballet Company and Ballet Teacher

Denise Whiteman

Ballet Teacher - Birmingham

Ann Atkinson

Ballet Teacher - Sunderland

Michael Berkin

Ballet Teacher - Birmingham

Sarah-Jayne Blackwell

Jazz Teacher - Birmingham

Lara Cook

Jazz Teacher - Birmingham

Denise Cornall

Ballet Teacher - Manchester

Sarah Dickinson

RAD syllabus Tutor

Alexandra Howarth

Ballet Teacher - Birmingham

Marion Lindsay

Ballet Teacher - Plymouth

Nicky Linzie

Ballet Teacher - Birmingham

Andrea Tredinnick

Ballet Teacher - Birmingham

Helen Beddows

Teacher in charge of Art

Jane Bradbury

English Teacher

Jane Gurd

Teaching Assistant - SEND

John Clarson

Exams Officer

Suzanne Gardner

Maths Teacher

Eira Kodurand

EAL Teacher

Simon Housley

Teacher in charge of Science, Head of Data and Assessment

Natalie Leeson

Science Teacher

Katharine Perl

Teacher in charge of Drama

Ellen Powis

Teacher in charge of Geography

Rozalyn McComish

Teacher in charge of History and RE, Health and Wellbeing Teacher

Joseph Roberts

Teacher in charge of Languages

Michelle Lester

Teacher in charge of English and Progress Leader

Manpreet Sambhi

Head of Teaching and Learning and Teacher in charge of Maths

Jenny Watson

SEND Lead

Dudley Ray

Director of Music

Asty Allen

Pianist

Peter Allsopp

Accompanist for the Sunderland Young Dancers Programme 

Stephen Crewes

Pianist and Accompanist for the Birmingham Young Dancers Programme 

Yijiao Feng

Pianist

Peter Flower

Pianist - Music Resources Co-ordinator

Margaret Green

Accompanist for the Plymouth Young Dancers Programme 

Elaine Li

Pianist

Elizabeth Martland

Accompanist for the Manchester Young Dancers Programme 

Dominic Mason

Pianist

Mikael Petersson

Pianist - Music Planning Co-ordinator

Bogdan Suciu

Pianist

Trevor Walker

Pianist

Nina Wertz

Pianist

Ana Wheeler

Pianist

Amie Cull

Houseparent - Park

Andrew McAulay

Houseparent

Diane Fox

Deputy Houseparent - The Elms (Part-Time)

Janet Summers

Pastoral Assistant - Bank

Jessica Mariani

Houseparent - Hetherington

Kadine Patterson

Deputy Houseparent - across all houses

Katie Lister

Deputy Houseparent - Park

Lesley-Anne Tulley

Head of Pastoral Care and Boarding (lower school) and Houseparent - Fischer House

Susan Barbour

Houseparent - Fischer House

Tori Amelia Roberts

Deputy Houseparent - Fischer House

Tracy Cowper

Deputy Houseparent - Mortimer

William Deeley

Houseparent - Mortimer House and Progress Leader (Key Stage 3)

Judith Coe

Physiotherapist

Hayley James

Registered Mental Health Nurse

Annelli Peavot

Assistant Principal (Health, Wellbeing and Safeguarding)

Nico Kolokythas

Phd Research Fellow - Strength and Conditioning coach

Kate Liptrot

Nurse

Hayley O’Hara

Healthcare Assistant

Rachel Orton

Health and Wellbeing Centre Administrator

Julia Sawkings

Physiotherapist

Georgia Webster

Healthcare Assistant

Dr Faika Usman

GP

Dr Greg Spencer

GP

Emma-Louise Hodgson

Independent Student Advocate

John Needham

Independent Student Advocate

Elise Scotford

Clerk to the Governors

Sabina Storrod

Head of Development and Engagement

Joan Cagney

Development Advisor

Sally Barnett

Development Assistant

Louise Gale

Graphic Designer

Simon Harper

PR Advisor

Rosemary Griffiths

PA to the Principal

Janet Clarson

PA to the Vice Principal

Liz Innis

HR Officer

Kirsty Graham

School Receptionist/Administrator

Helen Phillips

PA to the Artistic Director

Renata Ratajova

School Receptionist/Administrator

Rachel Tittley

Finance & Lettings Administrator

Rachal Torrance

Registrar

Ashley Whitehouse

Head of Catering and Hospitality - Holroyd Howe

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