Trustees

The following individuals are the current Trustees of connectingvibes*.

  • Mr Graham Drummond (Chair)
  • Ms Linda Foster
  • Ms Helen Kent
  • Ms Priscilla Lungu
  • Ms Jean Rock
  • Ms Rosemary Smith

Graham Drummond – Chair

Graham Drummond is an economics graduate from Lancaster University who began his career teaching at Davenant Foundation School in Essex.  Having worked as an A Level examiner whilst teaching, Graham then worked for a number of awarding bodies before being appointed as the Clerk to the Governing Body at Newham College in 2005.  In 2008 he moved to City and Islington College where he works as the Clerk to the Governing Body while assisting with the development of the College’s Higher Education provision.  Graham is married with three children.

Linda Foster

Linda trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Ballroom and Latin American at a variety of private dance schools in London and Kent and was successful in National Dance Competitions. She qualified as a teacher with the IDTA at the age of seventeen. She graduated from Middlesex Polytechnic with a B.ED (Hons) in Dance, joining a small scale touring physical theatre company while continuing to teach.

Part time teaching led to a permanent post as Teacher in Charge of Dance at a Secondary School in Hackney. She made the transition into Further Education, when she became a lecturer in dance at Hammersmith and West London College.

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She returned to Middlesex University to study selected film modules in order to use video in her work as a professional choreographer. Linda’s work was showcased at the Riverside Studios, The Lyric Hammersmith and Her Majesty’s Theatre.

She moved into the management of vocational arts provision in 2001 and has since worked at Amersham and Wycombe College, Redbridge College and City and Islington College. She is currently the Head of Creative Arts and Industries at Hertford Regional College. She has recently completed a five-year contract as an External Examiner for Middlesex University Foundation Degree provision. Linda is proud to be a board member of eight years standing for connectingvibes*.

Helen Kent

Helen has worked in a range of Community, Adult and Further Education settings for thirty years. Helen is currently the Director for the Centre of Health, Social and Childcare at City and Islington College.

Helen gained a BA(Hons) in Drama and English form Middlesex University and went on to Goldsmith’s, The Laban Centre in 1984 to study Community Dance and Dance and Movement in Special Education. Helen worked as a Community Dance worker and Dance Animateur after leaving the Laban Centre teaching a range of dance styles from contemporary to creative dance to a wide range of people from the elders, parents and children, hearing impaired people, visually impaired people and people with learning difficulties.

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The Arts and especially Dance has always been her passion. Helen taught on and was course manager for the Community Dance course at Middlesex University for three years in the late 80s and also co-ran a community dance course in partnership with the education department of LCDT. Through her community dance work Helen was employed as a visiting lecturer for dance and movement in ILEA, gaining a 0.5 PE, Dance and Health post at Camden A.E.I, which enabled her to continue her own freelance dance work.

Helen became a full time PE, Dance and Health Lecturer at Kingsway College, gaining qualifications in a wide range of complementary therapies, developing the a very successful complementary therapies curriculum at Kingsway College as well as teaching and course managing the Community Sports and Dance programmes.

Helen Came to City and Islington College in 1997 as a 0.8 Lecturer to co-ordinate the adult work for the Centre for Health, Social and Childcare, stayed and worked up through the ranks to become a senior manager six years ago, up to when she was still teaching creative dance to students with learning difficulties.

Priscilla Lungu

Priscilla currently works as a Dance Teacher and London 2012 Olympic Values Champion.  She has a BA Joint (Hons) in Dance Studies and Media and Cultural Studies (2004) and a Master of Arts in Management with Human Resources Management (2008) from Middlesex University.  From time-to-time, she also freelances as a Dance Choreographer, Project Manager and or Education and HR Consultant.  Priscilla cannot believe that she has been in the Dance Industry for over 18 years!  Some of her most enjoyable moments in her dance history have been dancing for connectingvibes* and cult Japanese choreographer, Saburo Teshigawara.

Jean Rock

Jean Rock is the Centre Registry Team Leader at the Finsbury Park Centre for Lifelong Learning at City and Islington College, working within an administrative customer focused capacity for over 25 years.

Jean began her career at the North Islington Neighbourhood Education Service Project then moved to Islington Green School to work for the Islington Community Education Unit. From there she moved to the various Adult Education Centres including the Chequer Centre, Archway, Montem, the old Finsbury Park Centre and was Centre Manager at Ringcross School.

Whilst working at City and Islington’s Camden Road Centre, Jean took a keen interest in the performing arts shows and was introduced to connectingvibes*. She is very proud to be one of their trustees.

Rosemary (Rosie) Smith

Rosie is the Supported Learning Team Leader, tutor and subject teacher in the area of LDD/Supported Learning at City and Islington College, Rosie has worked for City and Islington College for ten (10) years and originally studied her A-Levels at the Pitfield Street wing of the College, when it was known as City and East London College. Rosie volunteers as a trustee for the Elfrida Society – Camden and has recently become a governor of Kentish Town Primary School. Rosie has been associated with connectingvibes* for a number of years as an audience member, supporter and friend.