Board and Advisory Council

Board of Directors

Victoria Robey OBE  Chairman

A graduate of Phillips Academy Andover, Wesleyan University and the Courtauld Institute, Victoria has held positions at Goldman Sachs, Russell Reynolds Associates and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. Previously a Trustee of the Foundling Museum and member of the Mayor's Music Education Steering Committee, she is currently a Founder Director of London Music Masters and serves on the Council of the Royal College of Music. Victoria Robey was awarded an OBE for services to music in June 2014. Victoria supports the chair of Sue Thomas.

Stewart McIlwham*  

Stewart McIlwham is the Principal Piccolo, Chair of the Player Directors’ Committee and President of the LPO, as well as a Professor of Piccolo at the Royal College of Music. He was appointed Principal Piccolo of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in 1985 and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from 1990–97 before joining the LPO. Stewart was a founding member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and was a finalist in the Shell LSO Competition on two occasions in 1981 and 1985. In 1997 he gave the world premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Piccolo Concerto with the RPO in Nottingham and the London premiere at the Barbican.

Gareth Newman*

Gareth is Principal Bassoon of the LPO. Read Gareth's biography here.

Henry Baldwin*

Henry plays Percussion in the LPO. Read Henry's biography here.

Roger Barron

Roger is a partner of Linklaters LLP, the international law firm, where he specialises in mergers and acquisitions. He is based in London, having worked with Linklaters in Hong Kong, Singapore and Moscow. Roger was a choral scholar at New College, Oxford, where he read Jurisprudence. He is a member of the Development Committee of the Royal Opera House (previously a member of the Royal Opera House Foundation Advisory Committee) and is a Director and Trustee of the Mayor’s Music Fund.

Richard Brass

Richard is Head of UK Clients, having joined Berenberg from Schroders Private Banking. He started his career in corporate finance, co-founding the European office of Compass Advisers. Richard is the Founder of Impact Ventures UK, an award-winning UK social enterprise investment fund. He is a Director of the Montpelier Foundation, a member of the UK Cabinet’s Investment and Contract Readiness Fund and sits on the Advisory Council of the Institute for Family Business. Married with two daughters, Richard has a BSc in Mathematics and is a qualified chartered accountant with KPMG.

David Buckley

David is currently Chairman of Redwood Bank (Limited), Non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for CIBC World Markets plc, and Chairman of the Little Angels Kindergarten Group in Beijing. He is a member of the Advisory Boards for Ilchester Capital and 3D Matters pte, is Deputy Chairman and  Hon. Treasurer for the River and Rowing Museum, and a member of the Manchester University Global Leadership Board. David was previously a Non-executive Director for Fullerton Health pte in Singapore. Prior to that he was European CFO for Morgan Stanley and Chief Executive of Morgan Stanley Bank International. Before joining Morgan Stanley, David was International Treasurer and European head of the Global Banking Group for Goldman Sachs. David has also worked for Coopers & Lybrand and the Plessey Company plc.

Bruno De Kegel

Bruno is a former Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where he worked for 22 years advising charitable foundations, wealthy families and entrepreneurs across Europe, Middle East and Africa on their financial investments. He was a member of the Investment Strategy Group and head of the Portfolio Management Group, responsible for managing discretionary accounts on behalf of the Goldman Sachs private client. Prior to joining in 1994, Bruno earned a Masters in Business Administration from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a degree in Applied Economics from the Catholic University Leuven in Belgium. He left Goldman Sachs in June 2017 to pursue an entrepreneurial career.

Al MacCuish

Al MacCuish is Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of Sunshine. A veteran of the marketing and communications industry, he has created award-winning global campaigns for brands including BMW, Land Rover, Orange, Skype, Penguin, Nike, Roald Dahl and Gucci. Al is also the author of the children's books Operation Alphabet and The Bee who Spoke, both published by Thames & Hudson.

Susanne Martens*

Susanne plays Viola in the LPO. Read Susanne's biography here.

George Peniston*

George plays Double Bass in the LPO. Read George's biography here.

Natasha Tsukanova

Following her distinguished career in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, Natasha Tsukanova founded XENON Capital Partners in 2009. She holds a degree in Economics from the Moscow State University and was awarded a scholarship at Harvard University. The Tsukanovs are major donors to the Royal College of Music and the Royal Opera House, where Natasha is a member of the Board of Honorary Directors. The Tsukanov family supports the chair of Vladimir Jurowski at the LPO.

Mark Vines*

Mark is Co-Principal Horn in the LPO. Read Mark's biography here.

Timothy Walker AM

Timothy is the Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Read Timothy's full biography here.

Neil Westreich

Neil is a graduate of Cambridge University (where he is an honorary life fellow of Corpus Christi College) and Harvard Law School. He joined the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in 1979, where he became a partner in 1985 and from which he retired in 2006. For many years he has been a patron of performing arts institutions including The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic. He also served as Treasurer and Board Member of Opera Orchestra of New York. Neil supports the chair of London Philharmonic Orchestra Leader Pieter Schoeman.

David Whitehouse*

David plays Trombone in the LPO. Read David's biography here.


* Player-Director

Advisory Council

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Honorary Life Members

Alfonso Aijón
Kenneth Goode
Carol Colburn Grigor CBE
Pehr G Gyllenhammar
Robert Hill
Mrs Jackie Rosenfeld OBE
Laurence Watt

Amanda Hill is Chief Creative Officer, International for A+E Networks®. She oversees the international marketing, communications and programming teams across A+E Networks’ global portfolio. She is responsible for managing and growing marketing in support of A+E Networks’ brands and businesses, including brand strategy, consumer and B2B marketing, on-air creative execution, and communications for rapid-growth of A+E’s channels, program sales, and digital businesses around the world. Previously, Amanda served as Chief Brands Officer for BBC Worldwide since December 2012. Amanda joined BBC Worldwide in 2003 to develop and oversee the factual entertainment brand, BBC Earth. Prior to that, Amanda worked across a portfolio of FMCG brands at L’Oreal and at Added Value