Meet The Team

Executive Team

Penny Caffrey

Director of Movema Bristol (Bristol)

I’ve been dancing ever since I could move to be honest – my mum said I always stood up in my pushchair and would never sit down! Read more…

Pei Yee Tong

Director of Finance and Operations (Liverpool)

I went from Malaysia to study Pharmacy in the UK, during this time I was introduced to Salsa and I loved it! Read more…

Maria Malone

Executive Director, CEO

Movema gives me a supportive network of individuals who have a common goal, who believe that communities are stronger when they’re together and understand each other. Read more…

Movema team

Katy Noakes

Artistic Programme Coordinator (Bristol)

Eleanor Liverakou

Artistic Programme Coordinator (Liverpool)

Georgina Barker

Marketing and Communications (On leave)

Dance artists

Lildonia Lawrence

Patricia Mateus

Penny-Marie Avery

Sabrina Steele

Pooja Agarwal

Dori Filipe

Emma Lippitt

Charlotte Ackary- Hawthorn

Xiaowei Lu

Rosie Terry Toogood

Angeles Fiallo Montero

Olena Hrabchak

Deanna Roberts

Steph Wiggins

Kinga Malec

Sheetal Maru

Lauren Croxford

Grace Newman

Keity Pook

Yandy Martinez

Hannah Ballard

Lottie Ball

Chen Yin

Lauren Degg

Petya Kangalova

Alice Nyiri

Grace Goulding

Wawa Chen

Aemilia Hylton

Charlotte White

Fatou Sallah

Emily O’Shea

Yasmin Goulden

Sally Davies

James Bowling

Erin Chivers

Issie Lloyd

Shiyin Huang

Wendy Okoli

Vero Leopoldino

Adele Lippiatt

Holly Gwazdacz-Morris

Divija Melally

Fernanda Varon

board of trustees

Dawn Taylor


I love dance and am excited about the opportunity to be involved in supporting an energised and inclusive organisation to develop.

Archana Shastri


I feel a strong synergy between Movema’s vision, what it stands for, and my own personal values, passion and professional role. This is an exciting opportunity for me to support the growth of such a dynamic and inspiring team and company. I am passionate about the impact dance can have on someone’s confidence, happiness, body language, sense of belonging and so much more! 

Fiona Darling


I believe that creativity in all of its’ forms is best used as a tool for social change and providing transformational cultural experiences. This is exactly what Movema does! The positive engagement through dance that Movema provide for its growing audiences is inspiring and important work that I’m glad to support. 

Maxine Sims

Maxine works in Higher Education and has undertaken a variety of student engagement and development roles at the University of Bristol. She enjoys leading programmes and supporting a diverse mix of students to fulfil their potential.  Maxine looks forward to combining her love of dance with other skills and talents to support Movema’s mission and growth.

Tara Sheldon

I believe that the arts are one of the differences between surviving and thriving. Access to good quality, authentic arts experiences is very important and I have been inspired by the work of Movema who provide dynamic and engaging community projects, original education resources and facilitation as well as supporting individuals to reach their potential.

Win Lawlor

I was struck by how engagement with the work Movema does makes me feel.  The overriding emotion is joy.  This is a vital emotion, one which is increasingly difficult to come by in daily life for many people.  I also feel the opportunities to access joy will be increasingly important for everyone, in the next few years. 

Milkah Kuria

Diversity and serving those marginalised in society is part of Movema’s DNA. I was especially excited about the use of dance and arts to celebrate diversity and to foster community. Dancing is something I personally enjoy and value as part of creating community, joy and belonging.

Melissa Bosoboe

I have been lucky to have participated in various creative projects in Liverpool with Movema over the years, witnessing firsthand their dedication to uniting people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds through dance. Their commitment to promoting inclusivity is truly inspiring. I am delighted and excited to join the Movema team, to support and contribute to their continued work.


Ayo Akinwolere

Award Winning Broadcaster

I’m really proud to be a patron of Movema. I think it’s really important at the moment that young people and their families have the opportunity to learn about different cultures in their society and also to express themselves and keep fit and active.

Daniel Haggis

The Wombats and Dan The Man

Movema are a fantastic company, working to inspire and educate people. They make more people aware of different types of music and dance from around the world in a really friendly and fun way. I especially love getting my leotard on and grooving to their Bollywood routines!