Graham became Chairman of Help Musicians’ Board of Trustees in 2014. He is an Associate Director of FEI Consultants and until July 2018 he was Director Arts for the British Council. 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.
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 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.
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.
Felicity Osmond has been a Trustee of Help Musicians since 2012. She is Head of UK Development at University of Glasgow, leading on the major gift strategy for the university's £110 million philanthropic campaign, which forms part of an unparalleled £1bn investment in the Scottish HE sector. She is interested particularly in how philanthropy and private investment add value to cultural and educational engagement in the UK, and enjoys working closely with donors and supporters who believe passionately in these causes.
Previously, Felicity has worked in arts and educational fundraising with a number of Scotland's leading cultural organisations, including Scottish Opera, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Scottish Ensemble. She began her career as a soprano soloist with companies including Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Garsington, and at venues such as Wigmore Hall and Bridgewater Hall.
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.
Alex joined as a trustee in 2017 after a period as an advisor on the financial side of Help Musicians. Alex is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in the Entertainment and Media sectors as well as with a number of charities for many years. He is also currently Chairman of Trustees at The Officers’ Association, a military service charity looking after the welfare and transition of officers into civilian life. Alex also lectures on charity finance and governance topics.
Alex has been a pianist for over 50 years, working in Butlins, cruise ships, musicals, jazz & funk bands, and has a number of compositions and contributions to CDs to his name. Realistic about his own talents, he decided to join the family accountancy business and look after musicians far better than himself. His clients include a very active orchestra, the Coldstream Guards Regimental Band, and musicians who work in the gig economy on that well-known hand to mouth basis.
Richard Wigley, who became a trustee in 2018, is the Managing Director of the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast. He has considerable experience of providing high-level support for orchestral clients across Europe and leads Find Your Way, the Association of British Orchestras’ leadership programme. He was a member of the bassoon section at the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester and spent a decade as the General Manager of the BBC Philharmonic.
Stephen Daltrey became a trustee in 2018. Stephen is an experienced coach and an expert in the delivery of executive coaching, having achieved the magical '10,000 hours' of experience in international coaching and coaching-related practice. He provides a specialist coaching service to celebrities, CEOs, senior executives and other high-profile individuals in diverse fields such as business, music, entertainment and sports, in the UK and worldwide.
Jason Carter became a trustee in 2018. He has worked for over 25 years in the live music and events sector as an artist, agent, promoter, manager and commissioner of live music and events for broadcast. He produced many of the marquee large scale major events and festivals for the BBC as Event Director and created from conception some of the landmark UK events at the BBC, including Radio 1’s Big Weekend, BBC 6Music Festival through to 1Xtra Live and Radio 1’s Teen Awards.
In 2007 Jason launched BBC Music Introducing, supporting new and emerging musicians across the BBC; he led the platform for 10 years overseeing editorial programme teams across 38 local radio stations and the key national radio networks. He was also Festival Director for BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend, 2012. Jason is currently Managing Director of Get On Music Media, a live music and events consultancy based in London.
Dr Melanie Grundy became a Trustee in 2018 and is based in Newcastle upon Tyne, where she worked in a variety of medical specialties before qualifying as a GP in 2015. Her longstanding interest in Mental Health and the more holistic aspects of medicine informed her decision to switch to Psychiatry after a period working as a salaried GP. Before studying Medicine, Melanie gained a degree in Theatre Costume Design and spent several years working as a freelance designer/maker, so she understands the unpredictability of working in the creative industry.
Melanie describes herself as having been "marinated in jazz since birth" and although jazz remains her musical passion, she is interested in a range of genres, including world, folk and classical. She is involved with music promotion as a Trustee and Secretary of Jazz North East, where she takes an active role in programming and audience development. She also sings jazz standards with a local sextet, plays flute and writes poetry and songs. This unique combination of knowledge and experience from both the medical and creative spheres is invaluable in her role as a Trustee of Help Musicians.
Charisse, who joined as a trustee in 2018, has over 13 years of experience in brand creation and in delivering market innovation, having worked with corporate businesses, media organisations, artists and charities. She provides first-hand extensive advisory and consulting services to artists, managers, labels and students to develop and manage their career in entertainment.
She has previous experience as Company Director of Preacher Boy Entertainment, an independent award-winning artist management and record company. In this role, she designed and provided full-service and cross-functional career and brand management for award winning and Grammy-nominated music artists across the UK and US.
Charisse has a strong knowledge of the UK’s urban music scene and has worked closely with artists at the beginning of their career. Additionally, Charisse is Founder of Mahima Women, an initiative that works with two organisations in Nepal to provide finance to teach literary skills and income-generating techniques to vulnerable people.
Edward Kershaw, who became a Trustee in 2019, has worked in and around the music industry for 30 years. He studied music at university, and went on to work in the record industry with marketing and A&R roles at Virgin and Decca. He has produced and edited numerous classical recordings for Virgin, EMI and other labels. In 2000 he switched tracks to the technology industry, running Vodafone's global music activities. Following roles focusing on mobile media and consumer behaviour with Nokia and Nielsen, he was appointed Chief Commercial Officer at 7digital, the leading B2B digital music platform.
Edward plays in several amateur orchestras around London, buried among the ranks of string players.
Mrs Anne Mitchener, who became a Trustee in 2019, has a BSc in Psychology from University College London and followed this with a PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry in drug abuse. She qualified in medicine from Cambridge (Downing College and New Addenbrooke's Hospital) and completed her neurosurgical training in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh, becoming a consultant in 2001.
Between 2002-2006, Anne worked abroad as Consultant Neurosurgeon in Norway and then as a Consultant Neurosurgeon in the NHS in London until 2009. Her neurosurgical interest is in spine. She has been practising fully independently in London and Surrey since 2009. Recently Anne has broadened her scope of work to include Emergency medicine and trained as an executive coach. Her broad interest in music especially includes opera and jazz.
Jon Higgins, who became a Trustee in 2020, is an accomplished technology leader with extensive experience in IT, Multichannel Retail, Product Development and Product Ownership, Engineering, Innovation and Leadership and is one of the ‘founding fathers’ of Tesco.com. His specialties include IT transformation for the digital age, Agile and Continuous Delivery Enterprise Transformation and Public cloud adoption and migration strategy at large enterprise level. He was formerly a trustee at the premier London Arts centre, Somerset House. Jon has a lifelong passion for music and enjoys listening to an eclectic mix of genres from classical music and to modern. Mozart, Nick Drake, Stevie Wonder, Vulfpeck, Zero 7 and Jacob Collier are at the top of his 2020 repeat list.
The composer and conductor Ronald Corp has been involved with Help Musicians UK for some 25 years. He became a Trustee of the charity in 2000 and was for many years Chairman of the Giving Committee, while serving on several other committees. He has chaired the committee which organises the charity’s annual Festival of St Cecilia, and continues to work to support this key event. Ronald also regularly chairs audition panels for Postgraduate Awards and is a valued member of the charity’s Creative Advisory Board. Ronald was appointed as a Trustee Emeritus in 2019 in honour of his long and exceptional service to the charity, which continues to this day.
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Tom Sharpe became a trustee of the charity in 1999 and left the board in May 2018. During that time, among other things, he served on the Finance Committee. He saw the great change from a small office in Ogle Street, focussing mainly on elderly, retired musicians to the larger and more modern organisation working in partnership with others to offer a broad spectrum of help, support and opportunities to empower musicians of all ages, at any stage of their career.
Tom grew up in a musical family. His mother was training to be a concert pianist in Rome, in 1939, which was unfortunately disrupted by the war. He taught law at Oxford then went to the Bar, taking silk in 1994 and was made a bencher of Lincoln’s Inn in 2004. He is on the council of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and is a trustee of Awards for Young Musicians.