Meet The Board

Say hello to our fantastic board members!

Daniel Whitehouse

Dan has over 12 years creative producing and project management experience; working across a range of art forms and engaging with a wide variety of audiences from different creative and cultural backgrounds.

His previous work includes developing a talent development initiative at the Manchester International Festival and six years as the Next Generation Producer at mac birmingham, where he successfully built and developed a nationally recognised programme for young people and emerging artists.

Heather Maclaurin

After graduating from Leeds University with a BA Hons in Dance Heather returned to Solihull and continued to work with arts organisations across the Midlands. Starting as a project management intern at DanceXchange in 2014, Heather has since worked with Midlands-based Independent Arts organisations producing new work, supporting future growth strategies and developing audience development plans, including developing new dance work for Coventry City of Culture 2021 with Mercurial Dance.

In 2018 she co-produced and toured Autin Dance Theatre’s Queer Words to Edinburgh Fringe Festival which was short-listed in the Amnesty International Freedom of Speech Award.

Matthew Peters

For 30 years, Matthew Peters has been leaving his mark, both as a performer and manager, in some of the most prestigious concert halls across North America and Europe. He began his career as a cellist and by the age of 14, he

had already performed in 7 countries. Before receiving his degree in Cello Performance from Northwestern University, Matthew became the youngest Producer of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra radio broadcasts in their history. A few years later, in New York, Matthew was named the Midwest & West Coast booking agent for Columbia Artists Management’s world-renowned soloist roster and was the primary contact for over 150 orchestras.

Devon Nelson

Devon is a movement artist and educator from Wolverhampton. As a professional dancer, he  has worked freelance for various companies and organisations in and around the West Midlands. Devon is also a fully qualified yoga teacher, having graduated from his 200hr RYT during lockdown. Devon trained at Birmingham Ormiston Academy During his time at BOA, Devon participated in a wide variety of performance opportunities both in house and externally. Devon has also worked with the renowned international touring company ACE Dance and Music. He has a passion for teaching, outreach and participation and aims to deliver quality learning experiences to students, by drawing from his own vocational experience and his growing knowledge of the body and movement.