Millennium Performing Arts is led by an Advisory Board, with particular responsibility for the following areas:

  • the long-term direction of the college, including its objectives or purposes
  • implementing policies and activities to achieve objectives
  • clear governance directives to the management team of the college

The Board advises the leadership, direction and supervision of our organisation. It means we are making sure that the organisation is well run and carries out the work it was set up to do. This involves planning for the future, guarding the organisation’s values and reputation, looking after the people and being accountable for the organisation’s actions and decisions. Good governance plays an essential part in securing the future of our organisation.

Our Advisory Board bring passion and commitment as well as skills and experience to our college. Millennium Performing Arts fully support them in that role. Equality and diversity underlie each principle; the need to ensure diversity and equality of treatment for all sections of the community. We believe that this is fundamental and an essential part of each principle.

Management Staff:

DIRECTORS: The background of the Directors is such that between them there is a broad area of expertise. The Directors have 80 years experience collectively as performers and educators.  They are highly respected members of their profession and are completely conversant with their respective fields.

Principal:  Sarah Hanson RBS Dip, RBS TTC, ARAD, AISTD (Ceccheti & National) Benesh Teach. Cert.

Responsible for timetables, student records, student liaison and Staff Management/ Appraisal. Sarah operates as Executive Administrator for MPA and is part of the Injury Liaison team.

Vice Principal:  Cédric Chapelin B.Ost

Responsible for reception and student enquiries. Cédric operates as Building Manager for MPA, is the on-site Osteopath and is part of the Injury Liaison team.

Head of Quality Management, Strategic Development and Academic Enhancement: Karen Chetwynd BA Hons. Cert T&L, Assessor, IQA

Responsible for all strategic matters in Academic Affairs, external validation and accreditation liaison and management of Quality Enhancement.

Head of Studies and Course Leader for BA(Hons.):  Alison Beckett MEd, BEd Hons.

Responsible for HE in curriculum review; qualifications and student management.

Deputy Head of Studies:  Russell Trigg MA – Art History and Theory, University of Essex, BA (Hons) 2:I – Fine Art, Leeds University

Responsible for academic learning and teaching, internal moderation, policy development/review and course management.



Artistic Staff

Head of Dance:  Ikky Maas PTLLS, PostGrad Dip. Arts Administation

Head of Musical Theatre:  Donald Mclennan Dip RBS  TTC

Head of Performance:  Jo Morris DIP in Prof. Musical Theatre

Deputy Heads of Jazz/Tap:  Gemma Fuller MPA, Prof. DIP in Musical Theatre  &  Zak Nemorin BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre MPA

Head of Singing Technique:  Travis Baker BMus Hons, LMus A; Certified Master Teacher Estill Voice Technique.

Head of Singing Repertoire:  Greg Arrowsmith BA Hons Cardiff Univ. – Conducting & Composition

Head of Acting:  Nigel West.

Deputy Head of Contemporary, Foundation Course Co-ordinator & Chief Bursar:  Milla Kauhanen MIfL, Certificate in Education in Performing Arts

Deputy Head of Ballet:  Victoria Collinson DIP RBS TTC, MA – Dance, Roehampton Institute

Learning Support Officer & Student Counsellor:   Fuschia Peters BA Hons; BSc Psychology; BACP Member; Dip. Counselling

Consultant Physiotherapist:  Shirley Hancock M.C.S.P. S.R.P. O.N.C.

N.B. Deputy Heads of Department are responsible for management of department in absence of Head in consultation with the Directors and/or Principal.


Advisory Board

Sir Derek Jacobi, CBE


Professor Mary King – Singing

Stephen Mear- Musical Theatre

Darshan Singh Bhuller – Contemporary Dance

Alan Herdmann – Pilates