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.

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.

Felicity Osmond
Felicity Osmond

Felicity Osmond has been a Trustee of Help Musicians UK 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 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.

Alex Spofforth
Alex Spofforth

Alex joined as a trustee in 2017 after a period as an advisor on the financial side of HMUK. 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
Richard Wigley

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
Stephen Daltrey

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
Jason Carter

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. 

Melanie Grundy
Melanie Grundy

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 HMUK.

Charisse Beaumont
Charisse Beaumont

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.

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