Meet the Team
CEO: Alp Orge Alp@udoitdance.co.uk
Alp has a wealth of experience in the UK sports sector having been involved professionally for over 20 years as the MD of the Tempest Sports Group, a multi sport sportswear and commercial company, and in a non exec capacity for sporting bodies such as British Fencing and UDOIT!.
Driven by a strong belief that sport and activity if presented and provided in the right way can play a vital role in being able to support and shape young lives, Alp is delighted to be able to play a role in helping to shape and deliver the charitable goals of the UDOIT! Dance Foundation.
Operations & Development Manager: Natalie Davies Natalie@udoitdance.co.uk
Natalie has been on the UDOIT team since April 2016. Natalie has grown up in the world of street dance and opened her own dance school ‘Funk Force' in 2011 and now runs her own dance studio based in an area of deprivation in South Wales. Natalie has grown through the Young Ambassador Programme, inspiring other young people to be active through street dance and empowering other women & girls to want to live active lifestyles and to have the confidence to partake in leadership positions. Natalie carried the Olympic Torch in 2012 for her work in the community and has been involved with speaking at conferences for Sport Wales for the last 10 years. Natalie is currently on the Sport Wales Leadership & Management programme amongst other managers & CEO’s of the Welsh Sport Sector. Natalie is extremely passionate about her role within UDOIT Dance Foundation and the potential we have as a team to impact on young people’s lives across the UK.
Delivery Officer England: Rich Hawke Rich@udoitdance.co.uk
Delivery Officer Wales: Lucy Greenslade Lucy@udoitdance.co.uk
Lucy graduated in Summer 2018 from Cardiff Metropolitan University with a degree in Dance. Lucy has grown up surrounded by dance and competed at UDO competitions for most of her life with her local dance team. She has danced on some well known talent shows such as Aleshas Street Dance Stars, Britain's Got Talent and Got to Dance. Lucy firstly began delivering for UDOIT in 2016 whilst studying at University which inspired her passion for teaching. Since then, She has coached the Cardiff Metropolitans Hip Hop team for the past 2 years and they are now National Champions 2019. After Graduating, Lucy pursued a career in UDOIT and began delivering full time. She very quickly became excited to see the benefits of dance and how it has a positive impact on young peoples lives. Lucy is now our Development Officer for Wales and is delighted to be on board with UDOIT Dance Foundation.
Chair: David Teasdale
David Teasdale, UDOIT’s Chair since summer 2017, was a senior civil servant in Whitehall for 20 years, his term including a spell as the Government’s senior advisor on sport & recreation.
The other half of his working life has been In the private and charity sectors, mainly in sport, with leading roles at British Fencing, Badminton England, the Football Association and other NGBs. He remains Chair at Goodform Ltd, the marketing agency he founded with a partner in 2002. David takes a strong interest in UDOIT’s strategy and overall well being, its vital partner relationships, financial strength and people development.
Trustee & Founder: Simon Dibley
UDOIT’s founder and trustee, Simon is the CEO of the United Dance Organisation which was established in 2007. The UDO is recognised as the leading street dance organisation in the UK, offering dancers a stage to express their talents through internationally recognised competitions. It spans across four continents and operates in over 32 countries. He set up UDOIT with the view to helping children less fortunate, to be able to express themselves through dance, while keeping fit, enabling them to have a positive mental attitude and opportunities that would steer them through their lives.
UDO has also established an Academy which gives dancers the opportunity to progress through its street dance syllabus.
Simon also has a property company called SYM properties which comprises of properties that are available to rent in the UK and abroad. He is also a partner in D2 Propco, which is a company that works with councils in the UK that house vulnerable children and adults. He is also currently waiting to be appointed a magistrate in his local area.
Trustee & AGRC Chair: Duncan Evans
Duncan Evans is committed to charitable causes, and works with the homeless, children in care, children with disabilities, etc. He is a busy volunteer, and an excellent organiser. As well as such skills and experience, Duncan fully supports the UDOIT cause, he is a hard working and committed Trustee, and a member of the Audit, Governance & Risk Committee of UDOIT; in this role Duncan deals specifically with the bankers, and assists with our accountants and accounts; here he uses well (and to UDOIT’s advantage), his knowledge and expertise
gained through a strong entrepreneurial life, in property and financial matters.
Trustee: Aleen Gulvanessian
Aleen was a partner with Eversheds Sutherland for 30 years until April 2019. She was a corporate lawyer who specialised in M&A, joint ventures, capital markets and also took a particular interest in boardroom matters and governance and provides training to directors on their duties. Aleen is now a Consultant at Eversheds Sutherland, heading up their Boards and Governance practice. In June 2019, she became a member of the Governance Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Aleen believes in UDOIT’s goals as she considers dance a great activity to improve well-being generally and give confidence to the young. She takes a keen interest in matters of a governance nature for the Board and generally bringing independence of thought to the decision making process.
Trustee: Jade Cation
Jade became a UDOIT Trustee in 2017 - on the Board, she represents the interests of EMD UK, previously known as EMDP (The Exercise Movement & Dance Partnership), which was constituted in 2006 to facilitate and support dance fitness organisations. Jade has extensive knowledge and insight into dance/exercise policy and practise, based on her long standing and senior role at EMDP; and she makes a substantial contribution to UDOIT’s strategic policy and practise. She chairs our Audit Governance & Risk Committee, which advises the Board on all finance and governance priorities. She is currently on maternity leave, having just given birth to her first child. We all at UDOIT look forward to having her back!
Trustee: Elizabeth Gough
Lizzie is a unique established female performer in the Industry stepping across to choreography at the same time. Lizzie is currently working on her 4th season as a Mentor and Choreographer for the TV Show 'Dance Dance Dance' and BBC’s 'Strictly' first ever Street Dance couple's choice for Karen Clifton and Charles Venn and the Winners of that Season Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton. In between projects she is a Head Judge for UDO Street Dance and one of the creators and examiners for UDO Street Dance Syllabus associations across the UK. Lizzie is very grateful to be one of the trustees since the beginning of UDOit charity and is very proud to help it progress.
Trustee: Christina Taylor
Christina Taylor is the founder of the ASH Dance School in Cheshire with the vision of giving children the opportunity to take their dreams of dance and the performing arts to new levels, and we’ve certainly achieved it. With our students being chosen to dance with the likes of Justin Bieber and Stormzy. I have been a Trustee for UDOIT since 2017 as they share my passion, enthusiasm for bringing Streetdance to all, and I hope to use my knowledge and experience to help guide their development.