Selina McGonagle – Director
Selina began her career as a dancer, graduating from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance with a Performing Arts (Dance) Degree in 1999. She then went on to perform and deliver dance in education and community setting across Yorkshire and the North, initially though an apprenticeship role with TIN Arts and later progressing into management, working with children, young people and adults with a focus on inclusive practice and making dance accessible to all. In 2004, she became Education and Community Manager at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and established the Centre for Advanced Training, the first pre-vocational contemporary dance training centre outside of London. In 2007 she became Director of Learning at Northern Ballet, a post she held for 8 years, creating long term audience development strategies, including ‘Short Ballets for Small People’, and establishing the importance of continually engaging new audiences within the organisation. She joined the Geraldine Connor Foundation as Director in 2016.
Olivia Potter – Communications Officer
Olivia graduated from the University of Kent in 2015 with a BA (Hons) in History. Whilst at university, she received a singing scholarship and was heavily involved in music making and performance alongside her studies. After graduating, Olivia moved back to her native Yorkshire and has subsequently worked with several community theatre organisations both on stage and behind the scenes. She is particularly interested in engaging communities with arts projects that inspire and empower. She joined the Geraldine Connor Foundation as Communications Officer in 2017, and also works part-time as a freelance digital content marketer and designer.
Umi Mistry – Company Administrator
Umi joined the Geraldine Connor Foundation as Company Administrator is 2015 and is responsible for all the financial and administrative dealings of the Foundation. She also works part-time as a freelance administrator for another arts charity, Alchemy Anew.