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Citymoves Board of Directors & Trustees

Chair - Anna Heintze 


Experienced and benefits-focused financial professional with extensive leadership skills in various roles covering day-to-day operations, material management, HR, and transformational change management methodologies in a career spanning over 30 years in the oil and gas industry. Expertise in Finance, Business Processes, ICT and Project Lifecycle Management. Worked in the Middle East, Africa and various European Locations. More recently, I held the position of Finance & Business Manager at the Aberdeen FC Community Trust for 20 months during the challenging period of the COVID-19 pandemic event.


Joined the Citymoves board of trustees in March 2019 as Board Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee and in December 2021 elected as the Chair of the Board. Speaks fluent German, French and Swedish and basic knowledge of Arabic and Russian. Art and Music, in particular, have always been part of family life as they travelled and lived in Africa, Asia and Europe and welcomed the opportunity to join the board of trustees in March 2019 to re-discover her enthusiasm for the arts.


Vice Chair - Kristian Pellissier

Kristian has a strong understanding of dance and dance organisations, informed by his previous performance background, business studies, and work for arts funding bodies in England and Australia. Kristian is currently Relationship Manager for Dance for Arts Council England, supporting a range of dance artists and organisations across the North of England.


Ed Walton

Ed is Deputy Head Teacher at Fraserburgh Academy, Aberdeenshire. Ed has a background in Drama, Theatre and Film and has worked in this field in Aberdeen and the South West of England since 2001. Ed brings expertise to the board on Child Safeguarding; Scottish Curriculum; Leadership; Improvement Planning; Qualifications & Education Partnerships. Ed also sits as a Governor for Robert Gordon University.

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Scott Styles

Scott Styles is a senior lecturer at the University of Aberdeen School of Law. Scott joined the faculty after holding lectureships in private law in the universities of Edinburgh and Dundee. His interests are Jurisprudence, Commercial Law, Oil and Gas Law, and the Scottish Legal Tradition.


Rhianne Benger

An advocate for the creative arts and their value to professional development, Rhe spent over twenty years of study and an early career in dance and performance. Curious to explore her experience in different environments, she developed skills in various sectors, including human rights charities, membership organisations, and professional services. An empathetic leader, she has strengths in managing high-performing teams, leading people through change, and guiding workplace equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Originally from South Wales and raised in the Northwest of England, Rhe holds an MFA in Choreography from Roehampton University and a BA (Hons) in Dance and Culture from the University of Surrey. Outside work, she continues her dance and performative writing practice and is also a Trustee for a Mental Health charity in Essex.


Alison Brodie

Alison is a producer, project manager and artistic programmer. Currently Creative Producer with Curated Place, she devises, curates and produces art-led creative interventions, festivals and professional development across the UK and internationally. With a background in theatre and opera she has worked across UK large-scale touring, international fringe circuits and ground-breaking participatory opera. She has a track-record in delivering complex, multi-stakeholder projects for local authorities, arts charities and commercial producers in traditional arts spaces, as well as site-specific or public-realm events and installations. Originally from Fife, she studied Politics at University of Strathclyde, and worked in England for 10 years before relocating to Aberdeenshire in 2019.

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Linzy McAvoy

Linzy is an experienced dance artist and arts manager that is knowledgeable in; community engagement, fundraising, artist development, education and partnership working. She is a former development manager at Citymoves who also taught extensively on the studio and outreach programmes. Linzy retrained as a primary teacher in 2019 and is currently studying a Masters in Learning and Teaching in the Arts at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is part of the Scottish Primary Dance Teachers Network and is passionate about the value the arts can have within the education sector.  


Lesley Thomson

Lesley has 25 years experience of working in local government, most recently as Cultural Policy and Partnerships Manager at Aberdeen City Council.  During this period, she managed a team responsible for the relationships between external cultural organisations, artists, trusts, national arts organisations, Scottish Government and Creative Scotland. She managed the Council’s investment of £3m  in culture, creative grants, Creative Scotland Place Partnership, cultural events and established an annual programme of events including SPECTRA, Look Again, Granite Noir and Creative Spaces. She was responsible for the development of Cultural Policy and Strategy, the role of arts in community planning and for capital projects developed by Aberdeen City Council and partners.


Lesley continues to be actively involved in the arts through printmaking, painting, literature and her Board Membership of Citymoves and Peacock Visual Arts.

Trustee Call Out

Citymoves Dance Agency SCIO is a regional dance charity based in Aberdeen, in the North East of Scotland. Our charitable purpose is to lead positive impacts through dance. The organisation was established as an independent Scottish charity in 2015.

We’re committed to making continued improvements to how we work, across all parts of the organisation. We strive to remove barriers so that people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds can experience the benefits of a life enriched by dance. We welcome a diversity of perspectives in the work that we support, the classes we teach, the talent we nurture, and the people we recruit. We believe this makes us an organisation that is stronger and more meaningful to the communities we serve.

The next period will see us deepening our commitment to artists, audiences, and participants across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, and thinking about how we best serve our communities.


About the role

Citymoves’ trustees are responsible for the governance and strategy of the charity. We welcome applications at any time, from individuals with a variety of skills.


Experience in any one or more of the below areas would be particularly welcome at this time:

·     Head of Finance Committee with Finance Experience

·     Human Resources Skills and Experience


We welcome both new and experienced trustees from across the UK.  We are interested in people who are enthusiastic about learning, and who would like to contribute to the development of dance in the North East of Scotland.


Time commitment

Trustees are expected to attend the Quarterly Finance Meeting and 2 weeks later followed by the Quarterly Board Meetings and one strategic away-day per year.


The Head of the Finance Committee will also attend an annual close out meeting to enable the final approval of annual accounts.


The quarterly meetings are held on Zoom and are normally held out with normal working hours.

This is a voluntary, 2 to 3-year appointment, with reasonable travel expenses covered. We also have a learning budget and are committed to supporting the development of our Trustees.

How to apply

Please email us at with your CV and covering letter for consideration by the Board. Please confirm in your email that you are not disqualified from acting as a charity trustee.

If you wish to have an initial call to discuss the above roles or have any questions, please contact us at (Mrs Hayley Durward), or call +44122 498 4159.

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