Liz Hill, Director at Daisi

Liz started out as a secondary school teacher, teaching dance, drama and physical education (in London, then Peterborough), witnessing first-hand how young people flourished when immersed in demanding and exciting creative experiences over and above their normal day to day, in safe, respectful, supportive and fun environments. “I was lucky to have exceptional role models amongst my teaching colleagues in those formative years, people who were so committed to bringing artists into school, and to young people leading their own creative journey.”

Liz went on to be Education Officer with Shobona Jeyasingh Dance based in London which pushes the possibilities of dance beyond storytelling to stimulate thought, reaction and sensation through the movement of the human body. “This really increased my experience of engaging with different communities of young people across the UK and overseas, and of building working relationships with the wide range of agencies who support them. It was also an immense privilege to be so close to the creative process of such an incredible artist!”

Liz feels that Daisi is the perfect space bringing together her arts education experience in and out of school, and her belief in how opportunities alongside professional artists, amongst new peers, new skills and challenges, can transform a child’s life. Not least by positively affecting their view of their own creativity and ability. Liz is irrepressibly excited about what Daisi can achieve with partners and with young people, and really enjoys working with such an inspirational and committed team of colleagues across staff, Board, and partner artists to extend and deepen the impact of this valuable charity.