Board of directors

ANNOUNCEMENT: (January 2017)

The Board of Trustees of Dance Ihayami is seeking expressions of interest for new Trustees. As a trustee of Dance Ihayami, you will play a key role in the governance and strategic direction Scotland’s leading Indian classical dance company.

We would be very interested in hearing from you if you have a passion for the arts and have skills and knowledge in the following areas:

·       Finance (In particular, we are seeking to attract applicants with financial management experience at a senior level)

·       Marketing

·       Creative Industries

Trustee positions are unpaid, but all reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. Board meetings are held every 3-4 months in Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Applications should be made in writing in the form of a CV and covering letter expressing your interest.

Applications in email only to:


Current directors:

Rita Hopper

Rita has 30 years experience of working in the voluntary sector, including supporting parents’ groups, managing community-based childcare services, and developing and managing of a region-wide out of school care network. Rita developed the Scottish Out of School Care Network, and initiated and managed a childcare community enterprise. Rita has worked in partnership with a range of voluntary and public sector bodies, and served on the board of the Scottish Out of School Care Network from its inception in 1991 to October 2010.  She is a Trustee of the Woodford Foundation and currently works as Senior Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser with Sense Scotland in Glasgow.

Eliana MacInnes

Eliana is half Spanish and half Scottish and has been a dance student of Dance Ihayami since 2006, learning under the instruction of Priya and Jayan.  She recently joined the board of directors in 2011 bringing marketing expertise to the team.  A marketing specialist, Eliana currently works in the tourism industry.

Jon Reid

Originally from Edinburgh, Jon lives in Glasgow and has worked for the charity Sense Scotland since 2002. He works with deafblind children and adults utilising areas of drama, movement and music to develop communication opportunities. Following the completion of his degree, Jon worked as an actor and director and has been involved in various projects including the direction of the international play “Voyager Princess”. He developed the Duke of Edinburgh Award within Sense Scotland and delivers training and talks at both national and international levels. The development of his drama work with people with disabilities has led to acclaimed performances at the Edinburgh Fringe and beyond.

Shriram Shrikumar

Managaing Director of Kraya, the Edinburgh-based technology company, Shri has joined Dance Ihayami’s Board of Directors in 2011. With an innate curiosity, Shri has amassed an unparalleled breadth and depth of expertise in software technologies and engineering. Born into an entrepreneurial family, he identified at a young age that the only employer that could challenge him adequately would be himself.  Shri then proceeded to set up his own company at the age of 18, along with his brother Krish, who now heads Kraya’s film division. In 2011, Shri and his company have won Business Male of the Year and Business of the Year titles at the Minority Ethnic Achievement Awards.