Senior Management Team

Alistair Spalding CBE
Artistic Director and Chief Executive

Alistair Spalding has been Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler’s Wells since 2004.

Under Alistair, Sadler’s Wells has become a world-leading dance house that offers an ambitious programme of dance in all its forms and presents first-class UK and international artists and companies. The theatre welcomes audiences of over 500,000 in London and attracts touring audiences of over 120,000 each year.

In 2005, Alistair announced his vision for Sadler’s Wells to become a producing house. He has since driven the commissioning, producing and co-producing of more than 130 shows, including acclaimed cross-art form collaborations Sutra and m¡longa.

He also created the position of Associate Artist to the theatre. Sadler’s Wells now supports 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies – Company Wayne McGregor, New Adventures and ZooNation Dance Company – one Associate Company, English National Ballet, and three International Associate Companies: Acosta Danza, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. These artists and companies represent the most exciting talent working in dance today.

Alistair’s first job in arts management was at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley, where he was a programmer from 1988 to 1994. Between 1994 and 2000, he was Head of Dance and Performance at the Southbank Centre in London. He has been responsible for the artistic programme at Sadler’s Wells since February 2000, when he joined as Director of Programming, before becoming Artistic Director and Chief Executive in October 2004.

He was appointed as a national member of the Arts Council England Council in 2009. He was a member of the Arts Council England Dance Advisory Panel between 1995 and 2003. He was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2005. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2012, for services to dance.

Alistair Spalding. Photo: Cameron Slater

Chief Operating Officer
Britannia Morton

Executive Director
Magdalen Fisher

Finance Director
Mark Rhodes

Executive Producer
Suzanne Walker

Director of Technical & Production
Emma Wilson

Director of Development
Phoebe Reith

Director of Learning and Engagement
Joce Giles

Interim Director of Marketing & Sales
Jane Macpherson

Director of Data & Systems
Matt Kirby