Advisory Board Members

Flying High Advisory Board 2022


Martha Toogood​

Martha provides expertise in project development and work with children and young people as a freelance Arts Education Consultant and project co-ordinator, having worked as the Arts Education Co-ordinator for Derby City Council. Martha is developing cultural education opportunities for the education sector in Nottingham City at present and has worked with Red Earth Theatre Company Board of Trustees for ten years. She is passionate about giving all children and young people access to high quality experiences of the arts.


Sue Drew - Teacher of English and Drama, ex Flying High tutor

Sue has been involved with Flying High since it first started. For nearly 20 years she worked as a tutor with the Junior Youth Theatre group. Sue’s own three children have grown up experiencing the benefits of Flying High gaining GCSEs and A levels in Drama and Dance and performing at the National Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe festival. Sue has had insight into the company’s ethos and has witnessed firsthand just how much young people gain by their participation at any level and is looking forward to helping to support the Company's continuing growth. 


Jack Quarton – Actor / Musician / Workshop Leader, Flying High alumni

Jack trained as an actor at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), and works as an actor-musician, MD, composer/arranger and lyricist. Jack’s most recent work includes ’Amelie’ (West End), ’Assassins’ (Watermill Theatre), and ‘Wonderland’ (Nottingham Playhouse). He has worked with venues/companies including Northern Broadsides, Derby Theatre, Bolton Octagon, and Pants on Fire. For Flying High, Jack has written music and lyrics for several productions for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and continues to work for the company as a freelance drama and singing tutor, composer/lyricist, MD and sound designer.


Jennifer Manderson – Dance performer / Choreographer / Workshop Leader, Flying High alumni

Jennifer graduated from Coventry University and became Dance4’s Young Associate Artist, creating her first professional work, The People Next Door. In 2014, Jennifer established Nottingham based company Next Door Dance and choreographed their first work The Beautiful Game. She has been a member of Spiltmilk Dance for the past three years, touring with them nationally. Jennifer loves delivering creative dance projects and has experience of working within a variety of settings. 


Andy Dawson - Manager County Youth Arts - Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries


Sarah Cook - Arts Development Officer for Gedling Borough Council