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Liz Wilson and Elizabeth Varley join The Place's Board of Governors

The Place, the UK’s leading organisation for dance training and performance, announces the appointment of two new members to its Board of Governors, Liz Wilson and Elizabeth Varley. 

The Place’s Board of Governors comprises a broad range of people from a variety of disciplines and industries. The Board of Governors share their expertise to support The Place’s vision and are committed to ensuring the growth and future of the organisation.

Liz Wilson is a brand and communications expert. Currently Chief Operating Officer of creative agency, Karmarama, and Client Group Lead for Accenture’s digital marketing agency, Accenture Interactive, her work spans brand strategy, design, advertising, digital marketing and film and digital content. Her previous experience includes modern digitally integrated marketing services businesses, strategic brand consultancy and innovation, and leading creative communications agencies.

Liz is a Fellow of professional association the IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising), a Member of IPA Council and has previously Chaired both the IPA Commercial Leadership Group and the IPA Business Growth Conference. She is a member of WACL (Women in Advertising and Communications Leadership) the network of senior female leaders in marketing, media and communication, and Chair of the WACL Festival of Talent, WACL’s flagship annual learning and fund-raising event for women in the industry. 

Elizabeth Varley is a founder with 20 years’ experience in building and operating businesses, bringing together communities and helping other founders succeed. She’s also worked with many large organisations to develop their work with early-stage fast-growth companies, to support their own internal innovation work, and by being a trusted friend in an advisory role or a member of the board. She advises the UK Department for International Trade on entrepreneurship and contributes to international trade deals; mentoring international entrepreneurs to expand globally from a UK HQ. Elizabeth also advises companies including the tech industry’s Silicon Valley Bank, Incisive Edge performance marketing agency and other founders and boards.

As founder & CEO of TechHub, Elizabeth spent 12 years devoted to leading the charge in building London’s technology ecosystem to where it is today, along with catalysing startup communities across Europe, India and the US. She also worked with tech giants including Google, Telefonica, BT and others on how to access the innovation ecosystem and develop startup programmes. Previously Elizabeth has advised Imperial College London’s Digital City Exchange research programme, Data Pitch big data programme from the Open Data Institute and the University of Southampton, and the Royal Society for the Arts and Etsy’s research partnership, The Power of Small.

Elizabeth has been awarded Computer Weekly’s UKtech50 top influencers, the Evening Standard’s Silicon 60, Vogue UK’s Generation Tech and Cosmopolitan’s Fierce 40 Under 40. She judges technology and business awards and speaks around the world at conferences and events.

Commenting on the two new appointments, Alan Bishop, Chair of the Board of Governors at The Place says: “I’m delighted that Liz and Elizabeth have joined our Board during an exciting and transformative period for our organisation. Liz and Elizabeth are real trailblazers in their respective fields, and both have a breadth of skills and expertise to bring to organisation. On behalf of The Place’s Board of Governors, we look forward to working with Liz and Elizabeth for years to come.”  

Liz Wilson says, “I am thrilled to be joining The Place’s Board of Governors. Developing creative talent and helping people achieve their potential is one of the best parts of my daily working life, so to be able to do this in a dance environment too is very exciting. And as the cultural and financial landscape is changing, I believe brand and communications will be instrumental in helping us define and adapt to the next three to five years. I’m excited to be part of The Place and look forward to working with the rest of the board to create a thriving, evolving future for the organisation.”

Elizabeth Varley says, “I am very excited about this appointment. Dance has long been a passion of mine and this appointment marks an opportunity to bring my personal interest into my professional life. As an entrepreneur with a background in technology, I am looking forward to applying my skills and experience in a dance context. Dance inspires joy in people, including myself, and I am delighted to be joining The Place’s Board of Governors at such an exciting time for the organisation.”

The Place would like to thank the hiring platform, Nurole for their support in the Governor recruitment process. 


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