Katy SpicerKaty is an arts management professional with over 30 years’ experience in the sector. Since 2008 she has been the Chief Executive of the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), the national development organisation for the folk arts. Over the past seven years, Katy has been responsible for raising the profile and expanding the activities of EFDSS. This has included developing an award winning music and performance programme at Cecil Sharp House (EFDSS’ venue in North London) and introducing an artists’ development programme which works with professional artists at all stages of their career, delivering events throughout the UK and internationally. Such developments resulted in EFDSS becoming an Arts Council England Regularly Funded Organisation in 2009 for the first time in its 80 year history and is now a National Portfolio Organisation.

Prior to EFDSS, Katy worked for Rambert Dance Company (General Manager), Arc Dance Company (Executive Director), Chester Gateway Theatre (Administrative Director) and Green Candle Dance Company (General Manager). She has been a performance assessor for Arts Council England and served on the Boards of Cheshire Dance, Dance North West, Dance UK, and Independance. Katy has a degree in English Literature and History from London University, and a post graduate diploma in Arts Management and Policy from City University.