Our Trustees

Chairman - Graham Sheffield CBE
Chairman - Graham Sheffield CBE

Graham became Chairman on 15 April 2014.  He is Director Arts at the British Council and responsible for leading and developing global arts policy and programmes across the Council's 110 country operation.  Graham was Music Director at the South Bank Centre and Senior Music Producer at BBC Radio 3 before becoming Artistic Director of the Barbican from 1995 – 2010. He was chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society, chairman of ISPA, the International Society of Performing Arts, and CEO of the West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong. He was awarded a CBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours list for services to the arts.

Chairman of the Finance & Audit Committee - Sandeep Dwesar
Chairman of the Finance & Audit Committee - Sandeep Dwesar

Sandeep is Chief Operating and Financial Officer of the Barbican Centre and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. A chartered accountant, Sandeep has worked for British and American multi-national companies in UK and Europe, as well as undertaking consultancies for local government projects including business process engineering and privatisation initiatives. He moved to the Barbican in 1999, and in 2008 began working with the Guildhall School.  In 2010 Sandeep assumed his current role, with oversight of strategic planning and operational leadership; he is responsible for all non-artistic activity across both organisations.   

John Axon
John Axon

John joined the board in 2006. He qualified as a chartered accountant in the 1970s, moving on to financial posts in brewing and retailing.  Most of his career was spent with PRS for Music, the mutual association that licences premises, broadcasters, phone and cable services for the public performance of music and lyrics: then passing on its revenues to composers and publishers as royalties. In senior roles he gained considerable experience of the business side of music, an awareness of the variability of musicians’ earnings, and hence the problems that arise when their incomes fall and health fails.

Adrian Bradbury
Adrian Bradbury

Adrian, who joined the board in 2013, is a cellist with a wide working knowledge of the profession. He plays in chamber groups Composers Ensemble, Jane's Minstrels, Chamber Domaine and Touchwood, is a regular guest principal with London Sinfonietta and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, does commercial sessions (eg X factor), is on the String Staff at the Royal Academy of Music and is Cello Tutor for the National Youth Orchestra of GB. Having read Veterinary Science and Music at Cambridge he also collaborates in string playing research with neuroscientist Prof Alan Wing. He lives in London with his wife, violinist Fiona McCapra, and three young children.

Caragh Merrick
Caragh Merrick

Caragh joined the board in 2010.  She was a senior audit partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers from 1990 to 2002 where she had several leading roles, including membership of the UK Assurance Board with responsibility for HR strategy, development and implementation. On retiring from PWC, Caragh worked with Chairmen and CEOs, mainly in the public sector, to develop effective board leadership and corporate governance. She is an experienced non-executive director and audit committee chairman with an interest in the Arts and Higher Education sectors. Currently she is a trustee of UCAS, The Royal College of Art and the Royal National Theatre Education.

Martin Campbell-White
Martin Campbell-White

Martin joined the board in 2006.  He was Joint Chief Executive at Askonas Holt, one of the world's leading classical music management companies whose clients include conductors, singers and instrumentalists. He has held numerous positions in the arts, including Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Chairman of the British Association of Concert Agents. In 2010 was awarded a Doctor of Arts (honoris causa) from The City University, London.

Judy Grahame
Judy Grahame

Judy Grahame is Chief Executive of M&C Saatchi Arts and is regarded as one of the leading public relations and marketing consultants for the arts. Judy joined the London Philharmonic in 1982. She was the first person to write a business plan for an art’s organisation and the first woman to sit on the board of a London orchestra. From 1992, Judy ran an independent arts PR and marketing consultancy. Clients included many of the world’s top orchestras, BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Proms. In 1998 she was recruited by Lord Saatchi to open the agency’s arts division. She is a Trustee of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Baroness Judith Jolly
Baroness Judith Jolly

Baroness Jolly was appointed as the Lords Whip at the Department of Health; the Ministry of Defence; and at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (except on broadcasting) in October 2013. At the same time she was also appointed as a Baroness-in-Waiting. The majority of her professional life was spent in the far southwest of England. She taught mathematics for over 15 years and then became a pioneer of IT in schools. Whilst in Oman for 3 years, she worked in the British Council teaching English as a foreign language and mentoring NVQ management students. In 1997 she was appointed as a non executive director for an NHS Trust for Mental Health and Learning Disability and then an NHS Primary Care Trust, finally chairing the North & East Cornwall NHS Primary Care Trust Board. She was a Lay Inspector for the Commission for Health Improvement. She has been very active in the community and not for profit sectors - on the boards of Citizens Advice Bureau, Credit Union, regeneration organisations and a member of the Diocesan Synod.

Kathryn Langridge
Kathryn Langridge

Kathryn became a trustee in 2010 after a number of years as a trustee for the Alexandra Rose charities. She is a Fund Management director with Jupiter Asset Management with more than 25 years of investment experience.  She has two adult children involved in the arts and has a strong, lifelong, amateur enthusiasm for music.

Jonathan Morrish
Jonathan Morrish

Jonathan Morrish, a 40 year veteran of the music industry, is a PR consultant to a number of music and media companies. He started as a freelance music writer in the mid seventies before joining CBS Records in 1976 as a Press Officer. In his 27 year career with the company (later becoming Sony Music) he carried out a number of PR roles culminating in VP, Communications, Sony Music Europe. In that time he dealt with a wide range of industry and corporate issues and worked with a whole range of the company’s artists. In 2003 he joined The Outside Organisation PR agency before joining PPL as Director, PR & Corporate Communications in 2006, a role from which he stood down earlier in 2014. In addition to his role at Help Musicians UK, he is also a Governor at the BRIT School and a trustee of the BRIT Trust.

Felicity Osmond
Felicity Osmond

Felicity became a trustee in 2012.  She began her career as a singer with Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera and Glyndebourne.  She gave recitals at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Bridgewater Hall, Flanders Festival and appeared as a soloist with Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia. Felicity joined Help Musicians UK in 2002. Since then, she has concentrated on arts and educational fundraising, working with Scottish Ensemble, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  Currently Head of Individual Giving at Scottish Opera, Felicity lives in Glasgow with her husband and three young children.

Thomas Sharpe QC
Thomas Sharpe QC

Tom joined the board in 1999.  He read Law at Cambridge, taught at Oxford, and was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn, becoming a Bencher in 2004. He specialises in EU and UK competition law and utility regulation, especially in the telecommunications, energy and water sectors. His interest in music is long-standing and is a keen supporter of musicians in the Temple and Lincoln’s Inn and elsewhere: his mother trained as a concert pianist. He has served on the Finance and Audit committee since becoming a trustee.

Suzi Williams
Suzi Williams

Suzi is a business & brand leader with a 20 year history of delivering commercial impact, marketing innovation and business transformation on major global brands and businesses. She is skilled in balancing art and science to deliver purposeful growth and change in organisations of all sizes. In her current role as BT’s global brand chief, she oversees BT’s marketing and brand strategy and has driven its brand value to a ten year high of fifteen billion dollars. Suzi started her career in brand management at Procter & Gamble, before a mix of media and technology roles across Orange, the BBC, and Capital Radio Group. Suzi was awarded Sponsorship Personality of the Year 2012 by Hollis and is a Fellow of the Marketing Society.

Jonathan Sheldon
Jonathan Sheldon

Jonathan studied Medicine at Cambridge University and University College London. After post-graduate training in General Practice in London and New Jersey, USA, he has been a partner in a large Group Practice in Hampstead. He began learning the violin at the age of 10 and was an active orchestral and chamber music player and currently plays in the London Gay Symphony Orchestra and in a regular string quartet. Through his contact with patients, he has been aware for many years of the valuable work supported by Help Musicians UK and is honoured to have recently been appointed as a trustee.

Carolyn Ward
Carolyn Ward

Carolyn Ward is an experienced fundraiser and charity trustee. She was, until recently, a member of the Board of The Legacy List – the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park charity. Carolyn Ward was also the Chair of the Treasurers for the Back Boris 2012 campaign, securing Boris Johnson as Mayor of London. Her involvement with politics includes being Chair and Hon Treasurer of the Cities of London and Westminster Conservative Associations.

She has been involved with the Soho Theatre for many years, and is a Patron and former Development Board Chair of Beanstalk, a  national charity which helps transform lives of children by giving them the gift of reading. Carolyn has also recently joined the Board of The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick. She is also a patron of The   Haven Trust, a charity that supports the wellbeing of people with and recovering from breast cancer.

David Williams
David Williams

David became a trustee in 2016.  David is a solicitor who has worked in the City of London since 1998.  Since 2012, David has been a partner in the Investment Funds team at the leading City firm, Simmons & Simmons.  His expertise is in transactional, advisory and regulatory work in the asset management and investment fund sector and David has a broad range of experience across the funds industry. 

David has a particular focus on matters relating to private equity, real estate, infrastructure, debt and other alternative asset classes. As well as advising investment fund managers and promoters, David also regularly advises some of the world’s largest institutional investors – including charities, sovereign wealth fund and pension funds - on the legal aspects of their investments, highlighting legal risks issues and negotiating protections.  David has a long-standing interest in music, and is proud to be able to contribute to the work of Help Musicians UK.

Matt
Who we have helped

“In 2001 I was diagnosed with manic depression. It prevented me from playing live and going to the studio. Help Musicians UK got me back on my feet, I'd be lost without them.”

Matt, 49, Songwriter and guitarist
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