Meet The Team

Executive Team

Penny Caffrey

Interim CEO (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
(Maternity Leave)

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

Georgina Barker

Marketing and Communications Manager (Bristol)

Katy Noakes

Artistic Programme Coordinator (Bristol)

Eleanor Liverakou

Artistic Programme Coordinator (Liverpool)

Ella Leimbach

Administrative support

Dance artists

Patricia Mateus

Sabrina Steele

Sheetal Maru

Rosie Terry Toogood

Angeles Fiallo Montero

Pooja Agarwal

Deanna Roberts

Xiaowei Lu

Lauren Croxford

Charlotte Ackary- Hawthorn

Grace Newman

Keity Pook

Yandy Martinez

Hannah Ballard

Lottie Ball

Chen Yin

Lauren Degg

Petya Kangalova

Alice Nyiri

Grace Goulding

Olena Hrabchak

Emma Lippitt

Wawa Chen

Steph Wiggins

Aemilia Hylton

Charlotte White

Dori Filipe

Fatou Sallah

Kinga Malec

Emily O’Shea

Yasmin Goulden

Sally Davies

James Bowling

Erin Chivers

Issie Lloyd

Shiyin Huang

Wendy Okoli

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.

Kofi Ohene-Djan

It’s time to move forward together. Let’s understand each other, let’s respect each other, let’s dance together, let’s live together. Read more…

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.

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.

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. 


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!