Introducing Louise Allen
Protein’s New Executive Director
We are delighted to introduce our new Executive Director, Louise Allen, joining Protein from her previous position as Head of Operations at Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.
Louise joined New Adventures in 2015 as part of the new team created when the company first became an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. During her time with them, she has been instrumental in the growth of the charity and its engagement work and launched Green Adventures, the company’s award-winning environmental sustainability strand. She will take up her role with Protein on 8 September 2021, taking over from Franck Bordese who stepped down after four and half years at Protein to work with visual artist Rosa Barba in Berlin.
“I am thrilled and honoured to be joining Luca and the team at Protein. I have a deep admiration for the company’s work and its commitment to making high-quality dance widely accessible and providing participatory experiences for all. This is an exciting time for Protein as it moves into its new home at Woolwich Works and I can’t wait to get started.”
She has previously worked with organisations including the BBC Concert Orchestra and Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Louise is a governor and Vice Chair of Princess May Primary School in Hackney, an Arts Emergency mentor, a careers mentor for the University of Birmingham and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
“All of us at Protein are incredibly excited that Louise is soon going to join the team and become our new Executive Director. Her wide breadth of experience and her belief in the positive impact of dance in the wider society makes her a perfect match for Protein. In welcoming Louise, I also wish to thank Franck Bordese for being such a brilliant asset to the company, and for everything he has done to bring Protein to where it is now. My warm thanks also goes to Anna Arthur for being such a brilliant and devoted Interim Executive Director.”
We cannot wait for the upcoming years with Louise!