The Staff

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.

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Elizabeth Wells - Communications Officer

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Leeds in July 2019 with a Bachelor of Music. During her degree she was actively involved with the music society and performed with several ensembles as a flautist and singer, something that she is hopeful to continue doing. She also had the opportunity to spend a year in Salamanca, Spain where she studied music in Spanish and was able to experience living in a new culture. Since returning to the UK, Elizabeth is keen to learn more about different cultures and help promote arts opportunities in communities. She joined the Geraldine Connor Foundation as Communications Officer in 2019 and also works for The Scout Association as a Development Team Assistant, bringing Scouting to new communities in Leeds and Wakefield.

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Umi Mistry - 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.

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