Claire Benson in Motionhouse’s Scattered. Photography by Chris Nash


Giorgio de Carolis and Wayne Parson (front) pictured with Alasdair Stewart in Motionhouse’s Cascade. Photography by The Lift Creative Services


Philipp Stummer and Laura Peña Nuñez in Motionhouse’s Scattered. Photography by Chris Nash


Junior Cunningham in Motionhouse’s Underground. Photography by Bellxone


Wayne Parsons, Laura Peña Nuñez and Giorgio de Carolis in Motionhouse’s Cascade.  Photography by The Lift Creative Services


Laura Peña Nuñez, Philipp Stummer and Olivia Quayle in Motionhouse’s Scattered.  Photography by Chris Nash

Claire Benson in Motionhouse’s Underground. Photography by Martinne and Phillippe Dufour

Junior Cunningham in Motionhouse’s Underground. Photography by Potenza

Olivia Quayle and Junior Cunningham in Motionhouse’s Waiting Game. Photography by


Our Board and Staff


Our Staff

Louise Richards | Executive Director
Louise and Kevin are both responsible for developing the company's artistic vision. Louise also manages the strategic and business development of the company. She produces the overall programme, develops partnerships, initiates projects, builds new markets and produces large-scale performance events.

Kevin Finnan | Artistic Director

Kevin is Artistic Director and works with Louise on delivering Motionhouse’s artistic vision. Kevin creates and directs all our performance work, across all scales.

Jo Valentine | Programme Manager
Jo is your point of contact for booking productions and acquiring technical information. She also arranges our contracts and manages our workshop activity and project programming.

Jane is responsible for the strategic planning and oversees the delivery of all communications, marketing, development, public relations and fundraising for the organisation.

CLARE O'BRIEN | COMMUNICATIONS and development officer

Clare supports the company’s marketing requirements and fundraising. She deals with a lot of the company's digital requirements. Clare is also responsible for collating audience statistics and for any copy, imagery or film requirements for shows.

ROSIE PARRY | MARKETING and development officer

Rosie is your main marketing contact. She is responsible for dealing with all Marketing and print design, and venue/festival marketing support.

hANNAH aSPREY | Administrator
Hannah is your contact for logistics, booking classes, hiring our studio, signing up for our e-news, receiving information about Motionhouse and any general admin queries.

CLAIRE BENSON | Lead artist: Creative projects and participation
Claire leads our classes and participation programme in our Leamington Studio, as well as leading our exernal education programme in schools and colleges.



Martina Bussi, Daniel Connor, Junior Cunningham (Rehearsal Director), Chris Knight, Luka Owen, Alasdair Stewart, Naomi Tadevossian and Rebecca Williams.




Our Board Of Directors

Dorothy Wilson | Chair
Dorothy was educated in Northumberland and at the University of Wales and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. Throughout her career Dorothy has continued to pursue her interests as a performer. Since 1990 she has been Artistic Director and Chief Executive of mac birmingham (Midlands Arts Centre). Before taking up her role at mac she spent 14 years at West Midlands Arts, including seven years as deputy director, working across a range of art forms. For 7 years till late 2009 she chaired the West Midlands regional Arts Council and served on the national board of Arts Council England. She is currently Chair of the boards of a number of charitable organisations, including the BBC Performing Arts Fund, Artrix - Bromsgrove’s Arts Centre and Motionhouse. She is a Council member of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of Dancefest Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and a Board member of Culture Coventry.

Dorothy is an associate of The Leisure Consultancy Ltd, and UK, Ireland and Scandinavia representative for the Alexander String Quartet (San Francisco). In 2005 she was made ITV Central's Midlander of the Year in the Arts and Media category. She has appeared in The Birmingham Post Power 50 every year since its inauguration. Dorothy was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006 and received an MBE for services to the arts in the New Year’s Honours list 2011. Dorothy holds honorary doctorate degrees from Birmingham City University, University of Birmingham and Warwick University

Caroline DAvis
Caroline Davis has held the position of Strategic Projects Manager at Birmingham Hippodrome since August 2010. During that time she has been involved in several aspects of business development including building links with the local business community through Southside Business Improvement District. Caroline was the lead producer and project manager for 4 Squares Weekender 2013 and first worked with Motionhouse for The Voyage. Over the last 5 years at Birmingham Hippodrome, she has supported the Chief Executive in the theatre’s ambitious strategy to produce more offsite content and develop the local area. She is passionate about opportunities for volunteers, a keen audience member for dance and a board member for Creative Alliance. Caroline has a BSc in Economics and an MA in Community Regeneration.

Sarah Jane Fitzpatrick
Sarah is a longstanding member of Motionhouse's board, having joined in 1992.

Sarah has many years’ experience as an accountant and latterly worked as a treasurer for a large US corporate. In addition to her charity experience with Motionhouse she has also worked with Beaconsfield and Chiltern Open Air Museum. Sarah has also been involved with various small companies including at board level. She is also a trustee and treasurer for Chiltern Open Air Museum.

Sarah Gee
Sarah is co-founder and Managing Partner of Indigo Ltd, a leading marketing and fundraising consultancy working with creative sector organisations. She previously worked in a variety of roles in the music business, most recently as Director of Communications for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). Her work on customer relationship management, diversifying audiences and rebranding the CBSO received world-wide interest and has since been used as case studies in many leading journals and universities.

An erstwhile horn player, Sarah is a regular trainer and speaker on marketing, branding and fundraising matters in the UK, Austria, Finland, France and Holland. She is well-known for the strength of her networks, which span the private, voluntary and public sectors, and which led to her being one of only 12 women to be included in Birmingham's Power 50 in 2008.

Sarah's commitment to personal social responsibility has seen her become a trustee of both Motionhouse and Spitalfields Music; and a member of the Midlands advisory panel for Common Purpose. She was previously Chairman of Birmingham Future and a founding director of Birmingham Professional DiverCity. In 2004 she was elected as a fellow of the British American Project, an initiative designed to establish stronger trans-Atlantic relationships across public and private sectors, and in 2009 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

Dr Ceri Gorton

Ceri is a Cultural Consultant, Researcher and Clore Fellow. Originally from Wales, Ceri has lived in Leamington Spa since 2010.

Ceri creates organisational and digital strategies, partnerships, and programming for arts organisations, museums, universities and creative companies. Much of Ceri’s work explores the potential for digital technology to enable people to inform and connect with excellent cultural experiences. Ceri has led arts and culture for the city of Oxford, managed the Museum of Oxford, designed creative strategies for The Guardian, worked at Arts Council England, and developed cultural and university partnerships in India and North America.

Ceri is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, undertaking an AHRC research project into digital leadership in the arts. She is also a Director and Trustee of Writing West Midlands, RSA Fellow, and supporter of Arts Emergency.


Rachael is currently Development Manager for Individual Giving and Trusts at Birmingham Hippodrome; building relationships with donors to support the creative, access and educational work of the exciting Hippodrome CREATIVE programme.

Prior to this she was Managing Director of Pentabus Theatre Company, working jointly with Artistic Director Elizabeth Freestone. Together they rationalised over 40 years of history, setting a new mission to become the nation’s rural theatre company. Commissioning exciting new writers, building partnerships and undertaking significant fundraising, they overhauled the business and audience development plans for the company.

She has also worked in a variety of roles at Arts Council England, including Relationship Manager for Combined Arts and Touring for the West Midlands region, supporting artists and shaping cultural policy.

Rachael has a passion and commitment to the arts and cultural sector and is thrilled to be joining the board of Motionhouse. She looks forward to supporting the company’s ambitious and dynamic plans.

Kevin Isaacs
Kevin has over 20 years’ experience in marketing and communications, producing, and as a performer and director. Kevin began his career in the commercial sector where he held senior management roles with Blue Chip Companies including Smith Kline Beecham, 3M and Guinness (now Diageo), from where, having achieved the position of European Marketing Director, he left to take up a full time course at Drama School.

Following work as an actor and director, Kevin has acted as an Arts Management Consultant for a range of organisations including Audiences Central, Arts Council England, The Drum, mac birmingham, Blue Eyed Soul, Motionhouse, Warwick Arts Centre and Loughborough University.

Kevin has spearheaded Fierce's marketing strategy since 2003 and in 2007 produced Architecture Week West Midlands for Fierce Earth on behalf of Arts Council England. At the end of 2007, Kevin became Executive Producer of Fierce Earth, producing the 2008 Festival alongside a number of other projects and strategic initiatives. Kevin is also a founding Director of Wunderbar Festival Ltd, based in Newcastle, and led the delivery of the first Wunderbar Festival in the North East of England in 2009.

Kevin has held a number of board positions for arts and cultural organisations, including Motionhouse and The Other Way Works. He has also been a trustee and board member for several charities.

Pat Johnstone
Pat was educated at Glasgow University where she gained an MA Hons in French Language and Literature. She subsequently qualified as a lawyer becoming a Banking Partner in the international law firm Eversheds LLP where she worked for 27 years until her retirement from the partnership in April 2011. During her time at Eversheds Pat acted for all of the major clearing banks and for both public and private companies putting together debt and equity packages to facilitate corporate acquisitions, buy-outs and buy-ins.

Pat has been cited as a leading individual in the legal directories, Chambers and Legal 500 for more than 10 years. Pat was a member of the Aston Business School Undergraduate Programme Advisory Board for 8 years, sitting on its Quality and Standard's Committee Review Panel and participating in the School's mentoring scheme.

Pat has had a lifelong interest in dance, having started ballet at the age of 5 and continuing to attend a recreational ballet class twice a week. She is also a qualified Franklin Method Educator (Level 1) a novice fencer and reluctant but regular runner.


Chris Lillington is a journalist with more than 20 years experience in the newspaper industry. He worked on papers in the West Country and London before moving to the West Midlands 13 years ago. He is currently editor of the Leamington Spa Courier Series - Motionhouse's local paper - as well as other titles in Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Leicestershire.

He is also a director of the Rugby First town centre management company and lives in Kenilworth with his partner and two children.

Simon WAles
Simon Wales joined the board in 2014, and he is the General Manager of Waddesdon Manor, the historic National Trust property based in Buckinghamshire which is managed by a Rothschild family charitable trust.

With a background in music and the performing arts, Simon previously held the position of General Manager of Town Hall Birmingham, the 1,000-seat concert hall which was restored and re-opened by Performances Birmingham Ltd in 2007. He was the founding Centre Director of LSO St Luke's, the London Symphony Orchestra's music education centre. He was a also a Clore Fellow in the second year of the Clore Leadership Programme.

A former trustee of The Public in West Bromwich, and former Chair of the Shout LGBT Arts Festival in Birmingham, Simon is currently also a trustee of The Core at Corby Cube in Northamptonshire.

Chris White
Chris White was elected as Warwick and Leamington's MP at the 2010 General Election. Before this he worked locally in Public Relations, having previously worked at Longbridge with MG Rover. He plays an active role in the local constituency community. As well as being on the board for Motionhouse he also serves as a governor for Myton School and as trustee for the Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs and the Webb Trust.

In Parliament he is a member of the International Development Select Committee.  As well as co- chairing the Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group he is also involved with APPGs on Poverty, Social Enterprise and on the Computer and Video Games Industry.