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Elizabeth Murphy

Chief Executive Officer

After graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Economics in 1989, Elizabeth moved to Brighton and worked for Lombard North Central and BT plc before joining the IDTA in October 1993.

After graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Economics in 1989, Elizabeth moved to Brighton starting her career with Lombard North Central and BT plc before joining the IDTA in October 1993.

Over the years, Liz's role at the IDTA had changed with key areas being the Association's two annual national conferences, examiner appointment and training, the Dance International magazine and publications and supporting the Board of Directors and sub-committees. With the Association's recognition by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and the CCEA in 2011, Liz took on the role of Quality Assurance Manager, working closely with the IDTA's regulatory consultant, Rachael Meech.

Liz was appointed as the IDTA’s Chief Executive by the Board of Directors with effect from 1st June 2017.

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Martin Pedlow


IDTA Accountant 2010 to date

 IDTA Accountant 2010 to date


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Elaine Holden

Operations Manager

Elaine joined the IDTA in 1990 and worked in the Accounts Department before taking on the challenging role of Operations Manager. Elaine brought a wide range of expertise to the IDTA, gained through her work in the UK and abroad.


Elaine is responsible for all aspects of the examination process, working closely with her team in the Examinations, Invoicing and Awards departments. In particular, Elaine works closely with our members outside the UK to assist them with the examination sessions and organises the travel arrangements for our Examiners. Elaine is responsible for stock control and the ordering of the thousands of awards offered by the IDTA. Elaine deals with any queries regarding examinations and membership and works with all the IDTA staff. She helped plan and design the IDTA's bespoke membership computer system with our consultant programmer, David Cooke.

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David Cooke

IT Consultant

Business Systems Development and Advice

David has a long association with IDTA. All the bespoke software that Head Office use has been designed and programmed by David, playing an essential part in the efficiency and effectiveness that IDTA Head Office is renowned for.

David keeps astride of the continually advancing world of information technology and advises IDTA on adopting the best technology where appropriate and cost effective. 

Outside work, David is a keen caver and potholer, exploring the subterranean world. Amazingly, more people have been to the Moon than many of the stunningly beautiful places he has visited.

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Gavin Stevens

IT Development Technician

Head Office computer systems

Gavin provides day to day IT support for the IDTA head office computer systems and is involved in the development of the IT infrastructure needed to support the growing demands of the organisation.

He is also responsible for maintenance of the IDTA website, the School Profile directory listing service and all official Social Media channels of the IDTA.

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Chief Executive’s Office

Gemma Jackson, Stephanie James and Natalie Daly

Secretarial and administrative support to the Chief Executive

London Seminar and Annual Congress / Business meetings / Freestyle Scholarships and Freestyle Seminar / Miss Dance of Great Britain and Dance Master UK Heat applications / International Theatre Dance Awards / Nationwide Medallist of the Year Awards / Dance International magazine / Bill Tasker Pre-Associate of the Year / John Dilworth Bursary Awards / Arthur J Gallagher Awards / Overseas Special Commendation / Examiner Training Courses / Applications for Reasonable Adjustment and Special Consideration / Enquiries, Appeals and Complaints

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