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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Hannah Finnimore - Communications Officer

Hannah graduated from the University of Surrey in July 2020 with a BA in Dance, training in styles including bharatnatyam, contemporary African and release.

During her degree she worked with the Hofesh Shechter Company, including her involvement with the East Wall project 'Storm The Tower', HSC Professional Intensives and Hastings Reimagined.

Since graduating, she has worked in fundraising for the arts organisation Fabula Collective, supporting their Associate Artists and professional development courses.

Since moving to the North, Hannah is keen to support opportunities locally for aspiring and emerging artists. She joined the Geraldine Connor Foundation as Communications Officer in 2021.

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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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Natasha Cowie - Assistant Producer

Natasha smiling at the cameraNatasha studied BA French and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Leeds where she was able to specialize in Francophone Literature, History of the Middle East, French Cinema and Culture & Society in the Arab world. 

She has been actively involved in the radio community of Leeds, having produced shows for Leeds Student Radio, Alto and NARR and worked with FUN Kids radio. She has also been on the committee for the Leeds University Union Music Library and organised multiple fundraising concerts for Student Action for Refugees. 

She is passionate about the power of the arts to foster a sense of community and about improving access to them for all regardless of background or experience.