Jill has a love and passion for all things theatrical. Her vast and full career has given her the knowledge and desire to inspire the next generation of performers. Her training started at the Hylton Bromley School in Merseyside, where she gained several scholarships from the I.D.T.A. and continued her training at the Royal Academy of Dance and the Place (London's Contemporary School). During her early years Jill entered The Sunshine All England Competitions and gained 7 solo gold medals in the London Finals receiving the Sunshine, the Modern and the National Trophies. She was also invited to be a part of the Beryl Grey Workshops.
Jill worked as a professional dancer/performer for many years in TV, Film, Cabaret and the West End - shows included "Kiss Me Kate", "Carousel", "The King and I", "Oklahoma", "Fiddler on the Roof" and many more. She went on to become an international choreographer, director and producer of theatre and cabaret shows. Producing pantos, cruise shows, children’s plays, summer seasons, even Shakespeare! At the same time developing her own theatrical/management agency.
Her love of teaching took her back to the studio and worked for the Italia Conti School, the Arts Council, Pineapple, whilst running her own performing arts school.
She then diverted her career into the music business, producing for EMI, Virgin, Carlton and recorded many artistes - Shirley Bassey, Howard Keel, Petula Clarke, the London Philharmonic and many, many more. She had the honour of producing the official recording for the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday. During that time her music publishing & production company was awarded the coveted Ivor Novello Award.
Jill has recently returned from adjudicating in Sydney, Australia for The British Federation, establishing and extending the international friendship
“My life has become so varied and exciting. I now mentor students from the Royal Academy of Music with movement coaching and theatrical expression, I am also involved in encouraging movement to mature actors…… I love the mix of my theatrical challenges and cannot wait to adjudicate your fabulous festival. Good Luck to everyone!”