Advisory Board Members

Flying High Advisory Board 2016

Chairperson: 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.

​David Longford - Creative Learning Manager - Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall

David brings over twenty years’ experience of venue based arts education to the Advisory Board. He has strong links to Flying High, with his son achieving high GCSE success in 2014 and working closely with Carrie Bird, who works as the drama tutor for the Theatre Royal’s successful 55+ arts programme.

Jon Bevan - Principal Arts Officer Countywide - Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries

Jon has worked for County Youth Arts since 2001 as an arts development officer devising and managing innovative arts initiatives for young people across Nottinghamshire and creating high quality participatory arts opportunities for young people 

Dr Wendy Daley Ed D   M Ed   Dip Dr   Cert Ed

Dr Daley has been actively and enthusiastically involved in the world of education for 35 years, as a head teacher of a large junior school in Nottingham and as an Education Consultant, delivering training, advice and support all across the country. Wendy has grandchildren who have been involved in Flying High for many years. 

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 graduated as an actor from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) in 2013 and has worked as an actor-musician with companies including Northern Broadsides. For Flying High, Jack has written music and lyrics for several productions for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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. 

Jane Quarton - Community Midwife / Brownie Leader

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

David Popple - Theatre Manager - Bonington Theatre

Amy Legge - Head of Acting at NCN Clarendon

Sarah Cook - Arts Development Officer for Gedling Borough Council

Advisor to the Board

​Jane Brown - Business Engagement Manager - Creative Quarter Nottingham Ltd

Jane Brown has over 15 years' experience in the arts and creative industries, in the public sector and in education. She can demonstrate a flexible approach to cross-sector project management and has developed solutions for a diverse range of people and organisations. Jane has experience in project management, research, evaluation, organisational development, business planning and fund raising. Jane's daughter was involved in Flying High and gained much from the experience so she is enthusiastic to support the company through it's next developmental phase.