New RAD trustees
We’re pleased to announce the appointment of four new Royal Academy of Dance trustees, bringing between them a wealth of experience and insight from dance, the arts, and the financial sectors.
Kevin O'Hare CBE
Kevin O’Hare is Director of The Royal Ballet. Appointed in July 2012 following the retirement of Monica Mason, he is responsible for driving the artistic direction of the Company. He is committed to the promotion of outstanding creativity and artistic excellence, developing talent and widening the Company’s performing platform.
He began his performing career with The Royal Ballet’s sister company Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, and stayed with that company as a Principal during its transformation into Birmingham Royal Ballet. During this time, he performed extensively in the UK and internationally, including as a guest artist with many leading companies.
"It’s an honour to be invited to sit on the board of Trustees of the Royal Academy of Dance, one of the foremost dance education organisations in the world. I look forward to taking up this position and continuing the long-standing relationship between The Royal Ballet and the RAD."
Find out more about Kevin's career.
David Nixon OBE
David has been the Artistic Director of Northern Ballet since 2001. In a hugely varied career, he began dancing with the National Ballet of Canada where he become a Principal Dancer. He went on to dance with the Deutsche Oper Ballet in Berlin as Principal Dancer where he won the Critics’ Award for Best Male Performance.
David left Berlin for a series of Principal Guest Artist positions with National Ballet of Canada, Bayerisches Staatsballett, Munich and Royal Winnipeg Ballet before returning to Deutsche Oper Ballet in 1994 as First Ballet Master. His Guest Artist credits also include Birmingham Royal Ballet, Komische Oper, Deutsche Staatsoper, Hamburg Ballet and Sydney City Ballet.
“The RAD has been a part of my dancing life from the very beginning. It is an extraordinary organisation with a wonderful committed staff and it is an honour for me to be asked to be a Trustee and to offer whatever help I can.”
Read more about David in his Northern Ballet biography.
Andrew read Economics at The Nottingham Trent University and graduated in 1998. He is a founder of the New Street Group, an award winning group of recruitment companies including Interim Partners, BrightPool and New Street Executive Search. Interim Partners is the UK’s number one ranked provider of interim managers and has been listed twice in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 as one of the fastest growing businesses in the UK.
Andrew is married with three daughters all of whom are studying the syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance. In his spare time Andrew is a Sunday School teacher, fundraiser for the NSPCC and volunteer for North Yorkshire Youth.
Darren Parish PDTD RADRTS DPBMN
Darren trained with Jennifer Johnson in the Cecchetti method before studying at the Australian Ballet School. On graduating he enjoyed a successful career of 19 years with Queensland Ballet, Dortmunder Ballet, Bonner Ballet, Basel Ballet, Gothenburg Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, English National Ballet, Guest Arena di Verona, and Scottish Ballet. He has danced many leading roles in ballets by Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Robert Cohen, Robert North, Harold Collins, Youri Vamos, Jiri Kylian and Mats Ek. He received the Cadbury Arts Award (1991) Male dancer of the year (Sweden 1995) and Critics Award (Sweden 1996).
As guest Notator for The Royal Ballet (2006–09) he has collaborated on three pieces with Wayne McGregor: Chroma, Nimbus and Infra, and choreography for Christopher Wheeldon’s Sleeping Beauty. In 2011 Darren was invited to be Ballet Master and Notator for the Australian Ballet Company. He assisted on Graeme Murphy’s Romeo and Juliet and staged Glen Tetley’s Gemini , and 2012 saw him staging Ashton’s Les Rendezvous for the English National Ballet School. He also staged it in 2015 for The Royal Ballet School.
He has held posts at Elmhurst, the Laban Institute and the Showa University in Japan. Darren taught at the 2010 Genée in London and the 2014 Genée Dance Challenge in Antwerp.
He has recently performed character roles as Captain Hook, Drosselmeyer, Stepmother in Cinderella, Don Quixote and the King in Sleeping Beauty.