Our Board

Our brilliant Board are:

Alison de Zoete

Alison is a highly experienced Executive Producer in the arts, specialising in live music, festivals, and multi-media events.

For 14 years she worked at the Barbican where she was Executive Producer, responsible for delivery of the year-round Music programme, both on and off-site, and was integral to the artistic strategy of the Centre. She also led on programme planning for the Centre for Music project to build a world-class venue for music and education in the City. Prior to the Barbican, she was at ENO where she worked with Alex Poots to set up a new contemporary arts department.

Alison is currently taking break from full-time work and looking after her three young boys and is in the throes of relocating from London to Suffolk.

Alvin Ittoo

Alvin loves to dance even if, by his own admission, he is pretty clumsy when he tries! He has had a passion for Lost Dog’s work ever since discovering the company and was keen to join as a director, which he did at the start of 2020. In addition, Alvin has a keen interest in South Asian cultural dance forms, in particular Mauritian Sega and Bharatabatyam, both of which forming part of his family background and culture.

Being involved with Lost Dog is very different from Alvin’s corporate background. He is a director of a Brighton based law firm and heads up their Corporate & Commercial Department, often negotiating large mergers and acquisitions and advising on commercial contracts. In this role Alvin has also assisted many creative companies and entities similar to Lost Dog in relation to their intellectual property and key contracts. Alvin read his Law LLB degree and his Masters in International Law at the University of Southampton.

In his spare time Alvin enjoys watching sports, taking in a show and cooking and when possible loves to jet off to far-flung destinations.

Bob Lockyer (Chair)

A little message from Bob:

“Dance has been a part of my life since I started work at the BBC over fifty years ago. Working with many of the 20th century’s choreographers Ashton, Tudor, Macmillan, Cunningham, Cohan and along the way supporting and encouraging the up and coming of this generation. For many years I was lucky enough to be chair of South East Dance based in Brighton.

Now I’ve the honour to chair the trustees of one of the UK’s most talented performers, writers, and choreographers, Ben Duke. The arts and performers in the UK face difficult times and as trustees, we must do our best to support and encourage Ben and the Lost Dog Team.”

David Lewis

Having trained as a Chartered Accountant David has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 25 years including 17 years in the arts, leading the finances (and occasionally other bits) of Battersea Arts Centre, The Albany Deptford, Rich Mix, Fuel and LIFT.


Emily Gray

Emily Gray was Artistic Director of Trestle Theatre Company and Trestle Arts Base from 2004-2019 and she first saw Lost Dog there with their early show, ‘Hungry Ghosts’. Following that she ensured that every Lost Dog show toured to Trestle Arts Base and in 2013 the two companies ran a school residency programme around the making of ‘Home for Broken Turns’ and Trestle supported the show at Edinburgh Fringe.

Emily was delighted to be invited onto the Lost Dog Board as it was forming and enjoys the generosity, resilience, and incessant innovation of the team.

She is now Executive Director of Mercury Musical Developments and a freelance theatre director, with expertise in mask & physical theatre and educational work.

Hilary Lane MBE

A junior school visit to a performance by Lotte Berk and her students, men and women in black polo necks, lit the touch paper for 60 years of thinking about the possibilities of dance beyond the ballet class. This has culminated in a Lost Dog superfandom and critical friendship.

Laura Arends

Laura is Chief Executive of Big Difference Company, the charity that produces Leicester Comedy Festival, and has a background in arts marketing.

Laura graduated from University of Kent in Drama and History and after graduating spent a year teaching English in Sicily. Following five years in freight and logistics, Laura returned to the arts to work in the marketing department of the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse. In 2010 she moved to London and worked on contract for a range of arts and cultural organisations including the National Theatre, Royal Opera House, Almeida Theatre, Rich Mix, and the British Library. Following a return to the North West as Head of Marketing at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and Director of Marketing and Communications at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, she led the touring Opera company OperaUpClose as Chief Executive before joining Big Difference in September this year.