Sarah Dance has worked in the arts and creative industry sector for over 25 years. She started her career in theatre, working for Sam Wanamaker in the early days of the Globe, and then working with a variety of producing theatres across the country. She took on the role of Head of Marketing at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester and later become Marketing & Development Director for London Bubble.
Sarah was Executive Director of the Northcott Theatre, one of the south west’s leading producing theatres where she transformed the company’s organisational and financial structure, its relationship with funders and its audiences.
Since coming to Kent in 2002, she has run her own consultancy company, supporting a wide range of cultural organisations through complex organisational change processes, and developing business plans and fundraising strategies. She has also led, and raised substantial funding for, numerous partnership projects including the South East Cultural Consortium and Accentuate, the Legacy Trust Olympic & Paralympic cultural project for the south east of England.
Most recently she has facilitated the Kent Cultural Transformation Board, and has worked with Turner Contemporary and Visit Kent on the development of Culture Kent, which she now runs. She has been a board member of several arts organisations including as Chair of the Board of Theatre Alibi as well a regional council member of the South West Regional Arts Board. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.