Roberta joined the Board in 2016 and brings substantial experience to Para Dance UK gained through 15 years working within the charity sector.
Roberta started her career working with a grass roots charity in North East England to support learning disabled people to access and enjoy a range of leisure activities. Since moving back to South East England she has spent last 12 years working for a major UK charity, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), where she has honed her skills in strategic planning, monitoring and risk management. She also sits on the management committee for the charity special interest group for the Institute of Risk Management.
Since joining the charity sector she has dedicated her career to creating equal access to opportunities for disabled people (whether that be learning disabled or physically disabled) and brings a passion to grow disabled people’s access to and enjoyment of dancing.
Brianna Middleton MacPherson
I'm Brianna, I started at Para Dance UK as a Trustee in 2017. I was interested in the charity because of my love of dancing, and supporting small charities with big aims. I danced for years in many different styles, taking part in shows, exams and competitions. Dancing was my whole life as a young person, and I want to be a part of this movement to give everyone the chance to dance. Para Dance UK has the power to transform inclusive dance across the UK, and I look forward to working with the team to help them achieve this.
I look forward to joining a class or a taster session soon!
Tim had a successful amateur competitive career in the Ballroom and Latin American styles in the 1960s and 1970s, during which formative era of the International Style he was himself a student of some legendary coaches and was a competitive contemporary of many of today’s leading dance authorities, becoming South of England Ballroom Champion and reaching the final six of a number of significant world-class ballroom events, including the United Kingdom Open and the International ‘Open to the World’ Ballroom Championships. He was later a finalist at the first-ever British National Ballroom Championship at Blackpool in 1975, and was, in the same year, selected with three other leading couples to represent England internationally. Tim has been a qualified professional since 1977, he is today a very active judge, coach and dance journalist and has also been an area Secretary to a major UK dance-teaching body and a committee member of a popular UK dance charitable fund. He also has been for many years a member of the education faculty of a major British university, lecturing in the field of linguistics alongside his work in dance. He has a particular interest in the communicative aspects of the Ballroom and Latin American styles and has been a contributor on this issue to the journal of the British Mensa Linguistics Special Interest Group, of which he is also a member. Tim believes that our dance styles figure amongst the most sophisticated and technically complex in existence and that they are unsurpassed in their range from the social level to that of high art. Tim is grateful for having had the opportunity to teach at all levels from beginner to a competitor and is passionate about bringing the proven physical, mental and spiritual benefits of our styles to all.
I am a 68 year old Chartered Accountant who has lived in the Watford area most of my life. I am married with one daughter.
I qualified in 1974 and after 3 years post qualifying experience that was largely auditing based I joined one of my clients Fiat Motor Sales as Assistant to the Chief Accountant. I then had roles at British Aerospace Hatfield, Deinhard & Company (Wine Shippers), Jones Cable Group (in the early days of Cable Television), Food Brands Group (Wine and Beer Distributors), HOK International (Architects), Citipost (Mail and Distribution) and finished my career at HF Holidays Limited, a 100 year old Holiday company that is a mutual society with an elected voluntary board.
My career has always been in roles as a hands on Accountant and I enjoy preparing accounts. The only exception being at British Aerospace where I worked on the European Airbus project for most of my time before being appointed Financial Accountant at Hatfield.
My interests are river fishing, particularly the local River Colne where I also enjoy playing a conservation role. I enjoy listening to music, watching sport and dog walking.
Helen Jackson is currently Managing Director at Bush & Company, part of NAHL Group Plc, having spent four years at the Group as Group HR Director, sitting on the Operating Board.
Helen is responsible for overall strategy and leadership within the division as well as business development, quality and clinical independence.
Previously, Helen held HR leadership roles at Everest, BUPA and Tesco. Helen holds a BSc (Hons) and an MBA.
Patrick McGeough (CEO)
Patrick is Chief Executive Officer for Para Dance UK; Patrick became disabled following a series of strokes in 1997. Patrick has spent most of his working career supporting charities to either be open or be more accessible to see the business opportunity of the disability market. He has also spent some years helping disabled people set up their own charities or businesses across the East of England and London Area. Patrick has worked with and for many public organisations, that was until 2009 when he had a second stroke that debilitated him further; this leads to Patrick being able to do minimal activity. One area that supported Patricks rehabilitation was wheelchair dancing, Patrick and his wife were looking for the first dance for their wedding and the WDSA (UK) supported them to be able to do his first dance. In 2012, Patrick trained to become a Level 2 Instructor of wheelchair dance, which he and his wife set up a local group in Watford. Patrick is a strong believer that dance and dance sport can be an effective tool to help keep your mind and body active not matter what the ability of the individual.
Independent Non-Voting Members
Gary Lyness - National Representative
I’ve been involved in Wheelchair Dance since 2010 as a standing dancer with my dance partner – Paula Moulton. We started out as beginners and competed through the ranks including 3 years as undefeated Amateur combi Latin champions internationally to now represent Team GB in IPC competition.
We have been the “faces” of UK Para Dance Sport on the international circuit since 2011 and currently run a club in Manchester.
My day job is an HR and Office Manager - I’ve worked primarily in the Finance sector and more recently the Digital/Online Marketing sector. My role includes everything from recruitment, employment law, staff retention and engagement to Health & Safety and responsibility for the day to day finances of the company, so I know how to juggle many roles and stay organised.
I champion equality and have a strong interest in disability issues from simple access to travel and highlight problems to service providers and suppliers and highlight good practice.
My passion, however, is dance, and I want to work towards reuniting all the UK’s wheelchair dancers and clubs. We can only make the sport successful in this country and to be able to grow and get the recognition we strive to get by coming together. Feel free to get in touch with me to talk about any matters dance related.