Advisory Council

Martin Höhmann  Chairman

Read Martin's biography.

Christopher Aldren

Chris began studying medicine at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He trained in London, Newcastle and Brisbane Australia before settling in Windsor where he works as a consultant ear surgeon with a particular interest in hearing restoration. He has been the President of LION, a group of the world’s leading ear surgeons, as well as the President of the British Society of Otology. He is currently the President of the Royal Society of Medicine section of otology. Chris travels the world lecturing and operating. Chris is the Honorary ENT Surgeon to the LPO. Outside of medicine he is a keen violinist playing in the European Doctors Orchestra.

Dr Manon Antoniazzi

Manon is Clerk and Chief Executive of the Welsh Parliament Senedd Cymru and Deputy Chairman of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She has previously worked as Director of Culture, Sport and Tourism for the Welsh Government, as Trustee for Wales of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and in other roles at the BBC and S4C. She stepped down as a member of the household of The Prince of Wales in 2012 and is a former Chairman of The Prince’s Trust Cymru, Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has been a member of the advisory boards of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Welsh National Opera. She holds a doctorate in Medieval Literature.

Roger Barron

Roger is a partner of Paul Hastings LLP, the international law firm, where he specialises in mergers and acquisitions. He is based in London, having previously been a partner with Linklaters LLP in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Moscow. Roger was a choral scholar at New College, Oxford, where he also 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 former Director and Trustee of the London Music Fund.

Richard Brass

Richard is Head of Wealth and Asset Management UK at Berenberg, having joined in June 2011 from Schroders Private Banking. He founded Impact Ventures UK in 2012, and was appointed Chairman of the Arts and Culture Impact Fund in 2017. He was awarded the Impact Investor of the Year in 2020 by the Digital Agenda Awards. His additional pro-bono work includes being a Director of Montpelier Foundation, Guy Family Foundation and co-founder of Regenerate Trust, and he is also a member of the Advisory Council of Big Society Capital.

Helen Brocklebank

Helen Brocklebank is the Chief Executive of Walpole, the sector body for UK luxury brands. Walpole's purpose is to protect, promote and develop a business sector worth £48 billion to the UK economy, and the organisations 270 members include Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Bentley, Fortnum and Mason, Rolls Royce, and Wedgwood. Before joining Walpole, Helen built her career in publishing, notably at Harper's Bazaar and Esquire magazines. She serves on the the Countess of Wessex Women in Business committee for the Duke of Edinburgh Award charity and lives in West London with her husband and two children.

YolanDa Brown

YolanDa Brown is a MOBO-Award winning saxophonist, presenter and broadcaster working across TV and radio, including her eponymous series for CBeebies, 'YolanDa’s Band Jam'. She is chair of Youth Music and an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and London Music Fund. She also launched the London Saxophone Festival in 2018; has been invited to sit on panels for the PRS Foundation and the Ivorss; and delivered keynotes for Music Mark, ABRSM and music hubs across the country. She was invited by the Government and Department for Education to sit on the advisory board of the National Plan for Music Education. YolanDa is the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of East London. She currently hosts the LPO Offstage podcast, which has just begun its fourth series.

Simon Burke

Simon Burke is a business leader in the retail and consumer sector. A chartered accountant by training, he was CEO of Virgin Entertainment and several other retail and leisure companies. More recently he has worked as chair or senior director in a variety of consumer businesses, including Majestic Wine,, Hobbycraft, the Co-op Group and Bakkavor PLC. He has also been a director of the BBC and a trustee of the National Gallery. 

Simon Callow CBE

Simon Callow is an actor, author and director. He created the role of Mozart in Amadeus; his one-man shows include The Mystery of Charles Dickens, Being Shakespeare and A Christmas Carol. Films include A Room with a View, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love and The Phantom of the Opera. He has directed in the West End and on Broadway, at the NT and the RSC. He has written 17 books including biographies of Laughton, Wilde, Dickens, Wagner and Orson Welles. He has directed many operas and often worked with the LPO, as well as the London Mozart Players and the LSO.

Desmond Cecil CMG

Desmond was a professional violinist/oboist in Switzerland in his youth, having studied with Professors Max Rostal and Joy Boughton. He then joined HM Diplomatic Service (1970–95), serving in Embassies abroad, and was appointed CMG by The Queen. He took early retirement to work as an international political/funding consultant, and became the UK Representative of AREVA. He serves on various boards and trusts, including the Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Foundation Leipzig, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Queen’s College Oxford (Distinguished Friend of Oxford University Award) and the Athenæum Club.

Sir Alan Collins KCVO CMG

Sir Alan served as Consul General New York, British High Commissioner to Singapore, and British Ambassador in the Philippines. He was Managing Director for Olympic Legacy in UKTI for London 2012. He is a non-Executive Director of Prudential Assurance Singapore Pte Ltd, ICICI Bank UK plc and JP Morgan American Investment Trust plc, as well as Director of Prudential Hong Kong Ltd. Sir Alan is a member of the MC and the Royal Commonwealth Society, and a Freeman of the City of London. He was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1997 and a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2006.

Andrew Davenport

Dubbed ‘the JK Rowling of the under-fives’, Andrew is the award-winning co-creator of Teletubbies, and writer of all 365 episodes. He is creator, writer and composer of all 100 episodes of In the Night Garden. The proudest moment of his career came when the LPO played his In the Night Garden Theme at the Royal Festival Hall at a FUNharmonics family concert. Andrew believes access to music is of critical importance for all children, and he especially values the LPO's unique and extensive community and education activity. 

Guillaume Descottes

Guillaume is the founder of Vialma, the streaming service dedicated to classical and jazz. His passion is to give anybody the opportunity to spend an unforgettable, enriching moment with the greatest musicians and artists. Prior to this, he worked in venture capital and private equity. He holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Cameron Doley

Cameron is a solicitor specialising in international law and arbitration and is the Senior Partner of Carter-Ruck Solicitors. From a family of musicians and a former instrumental scholar at Oxford, he remains a keen amateur viola player.

Christopher Fraser OBE

Christopher was elected as MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole (1997–2001) and Norfolk South West (2002–10). Whilst in Parliament he was a member of numerous committees including the Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee. He is now Strategic Counsel at BNY Mellon and a Board member of the oil company Plexus. He is a Director of British American Business, Freeman of the City of London, Chairman of the Conservative Alumni and a member of the Athenæum Club. Christopher was awarded an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for public and political service.

Jonathan Harris CBE FRICS

In 2002 Jonathan was appointed CBE for services to surveying, having been Millennium President (2000/01) of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Since 2005 he has been a member of the Counsellors of Real Estate, USA (awarded the White Landau Merit Prize in 2009). As Governor of the University of Westminster he was awarded an honorary doctorate (DLitt Hon). In 1981 he founded an Educational Charity Trust, and he is also Founder of the Continuing Professional Development Foundation, now renamed the Harris Foundation for Lifelong Learning. He continues to demonstrate his commitment to education: in 2000 he established the Institute of Continuing Professional Development. His contribution to further education was recognised in 1993 when he was appointed OBE.

Marianna Hay MBE

Marianna’s career has focused on using music for social change, first as a music teacher with the Teach First programme and then as the Founder and Artistic Director of the charity Orchestras for All (OFA). After reading music at Oxford University, Marianna joined Teach First in 2007 and taught music at Highbury Grove School in Islington. She subsequently became the school’s Director of Music and led its first in-school music academy. In 2011, inspired by the pupils she had been teaching in school, Marianna founded OFA in the belief that all young people should be able to access the life-changing experience of ensemble music-making whatever their circumstances. In 2016, she won the Musician’s Union Inspiration Award for her work with OFA and in 2017-2018 spent a year as a Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme funded by Arts Council England.

Nicholas Hely-Hutchinson DL

Nick read History of Art at the University of St Andrews. He has more than 40 years’ experience in the private client and institutional wealth management sector, with roles in management, business development and relationship management. 
Nick has multiple sclerosis (MS) and has dedicated a lot of time to championing the STOP MS Appeal. He took the responsibility for the content of two concerts at St. Paul’s Cathedral, which between them raised over £1.5m. He is a Deputy Lieutenant in the County of Kent, an avid follower of most sports, and a Liveryman of The Goldsmiths’ Company. Outside family, his greatest love is classical music. During lockdown, he presented a two-hour local radio programme to introduce people to this genre of music with a different approach. He now produces and broadcasts his own weekly podcast,, which has recently been ranked in the top 3% of all podcasts globally.

Amanda Hill

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. 

Rehmet Kassim-Lakha

Rehmet is a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan Private Bank and Head of the UK Financial Leaders Team. Since joining J.P. Morgan Private Bank in 1997 she has worked in the London, Paris and Geneva offices. She spent six years advising clients on their investments and developed a specialisation in the hedge fund business during this time. In 2003 she joined the UK Team as a banker covering relationships and established the hedge fund principals business in the UK. Rehmet is now Head of the UK Financial Leaders team, which provides wealth management advice to the UK financial services community. Rehmet was educated in Belgium and read Economics at the University of Durham.

Jamie Korner

Jamie is Charities Partner at Stanhope Capital LLP. He was formerly Director of Charities at Newton and managed charitable portfolios as well as two highly-rated investment funds. Jamie graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1977 with an MA in History. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Geographical Society. He is also a non-executive director of Henderson Value Trust PLC and acts as trustee and advisor to a number of charities in the fields of art and education.

Geoff Mann

Geoff studied architecture at Liverpool University and became senior partner of RHWL Architects in 1980 until 2013. The firm was the designer of many theatres and concert halls, notably Symphony Hall, Birmingham and Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, together with many of the Cameron Mackintosh theatres in London. He led the team designing the new Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and the rebuilding of George Gilbert-Scott's St. Pancras Chambers. Geoff has also been a Benefactor of the Orchestra for over 25 years.

Clive Marks OBE FCA

Clive recently retired from his practice as a Chartered Accountant. As Chairman of the London College of Music he moved it to the University of West London (formerly Thames Valley University, where he was a Governor). In 1999 he received a Coventry Peace Prize in connection with peace and reconciliation. He was closely involved with Cambodia (after Pol Pot), in connection with unexploded anti-personnel mines. He lectures on contemporary music and is presently directing a large website for World ORT: The Holocaust and European music, 1933–1953.

Stewart McIlwham*

Stewart is Principal Piccolo of the LPO. Read Stewart's biography.

Andrew Neill

Andrew worked as a political risk broker in Edinburgh, London and Sydney. In 1998 he formed his own company which he sold in 2017. He was Chairman of the Elgar Society (1992-2008) and is a trustee of the Elgar Foundation. In 1984 he organised with the LPO a concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of Elgar’s death. In 2001 he re-formed the Elgar Complete Edition, which is dedicated to the publication of a scholarly edition of Elgar’s music, and he is a trustee and secretary of the Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss. As assistant producer he has been involved in numerous recordings. He has written numerous articles and CD notes on Elgar, Strauss, Vaughan Williams and their contemporaries and has assisted in leading musical tours on the continent.

Nadya Powell

Nadya believes that the way to stay ahead is to keep your eyes firmly on the future, hence she has been driving and delivering business change for 20 years, having built three world-class businesses: Dare, Lost Boys and Sunshine. She has been nominated a BIMA Hot 100 two years in a row and was named as one of the Hospital Club's H100. Nadya is a regular columnist for Admap; contributes to The Drum, Marketing and Campaign; and has spoken at Cannes, SXSW and with the IPA. She is passionate about technology and the positive disruption it can cause, and co-founded Innovation Social. She also views diversity as critical to business success and co-founded Millennial Mentoring and The Great British Diversity Experiment, both of which seek to drive diversity in communications.

Lord Justice, Sir Bernard Rix

Educated at New College Oxford and Harvard Law School, Sir Bernard was called to the Bar in 1970, appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1981, and became Treasurer of the Inner Temple in 2005. From 1993–2000 he served as a judge of the High Court of Justice and from 2000–13 as a Lord Justice of Appeal. On his recent retirement from the bench, he now practises as an international arbitrator. He is also a Professor of International Commercial Law at Queen Mary, University of London, and a member of the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands.

Victoria Robey OBE

Victoria was Chairman of the LPO Board of Directors for ten years from 2012, stepping down in May 2022 to be succeeded by Catherine Høgel. Victoria is also Founder Director on the board of Music Masters (rebranded from London Music Masters, which she founded with Itzhak Rashkovsky) and serves on the boards of the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Sphinx Organization.

Victoria was educated in the US at Phillips Academy Andover and Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She began her professional career in Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance at Goldman Sachs (New York and London), subsequently joining Executive Search firm Russell Reynolds Associates. Following postgraduate studies in London at the Courtauld Institute, Victoria worked at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. She was a Trustee of the Foundling Museum, a member of the Mayor's Music Education Steering Committee and a Council Member of the Royal College of Music (2007–17). Victoria was awarded an OBE for services to music in June 2014 and supports the chair of LPO Principal Timpanist, Simon Carrington.

Baroness Shackleton

Fiona Shackleton qualified as a Solicitor in 1980 and was made a Partner in Breecher & Co in 1981. By 1986 she had become a Partner at Farrer and Co and in the same year co-founded the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Baroness Shackleton joined Payne Hicks Beach in 2001 as a Partner and remains Solicitor for The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. In the 2006 New Year Honours List she was made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order, in July 2010 she was made an Honorary Doctorate of Exeter University and in December 2010 made a Life Peer.

Thomas Sharpe QC

Thomas read law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, taught at Oxford until 1987, was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn, took Silk in 1994, and was elected a Bencher in 2004. He specialises in competition and European law and utility regulation, especially in the telecommunications, energy and water sectors. Thomas has been a board member of Help Musicians UK (formerly Musicians Benevolent Fund) since 1999, where he serves on the Finance Committee, and was formerly chair of the New London Orchestra.

Julian Simmonds

Having joined Citibank in 1972, Julian was made Global Head of Citibank's Corporate Finance businesses in 1998, before retiring in 2001. By this time he was an Executive Vice President at Citibank NA. He now runs a property investment and development business with his wife, is a non-executive director of VTB Capital plc and chairman of the Governors of Notting Hill and Ealing High School. Julian and his wife Gill are Thomas Beecham Group BrightSparks patrons.

Barry Smith

Barry has dedicated his career to working in the financial services sector, assuming the role of Chief Executive for Ageas UK and subsequently Chief Operating Officer of the Ageas Group for its four global regions. He is a Past President of the Chartered Insurance Institute. Since retirement he is actively involved in a number of insurtech businesses as an adviser and investor. He is on the Board of Uinsure and RB Sports & Leisure Holdings PLC.

Martin Southgate

Martin Southgate is a graduate in Economics & Business Studies. He has spent over 35 years in the consumer goods sector and has a wealth of international business experience, having held numerous General Management positions worldwide. Prior to his retirement in 2013 Martin was Managing Director of JTI UK. He is currently a Board Director and Trustee of Gallaher Pension Limited, a Non Executive Director of Applegreen plc, and mentors businesses in strategy and commercial development.

Chris Viney

Chris read Economics and Politics at Durham University, following which he has dedicated his time to his family businesses, which include two property companies and a private investment company. Throughout school, university and following his father’s death in 2009, Chris has continued to develop and nurture his own passion for music, being fortunate enough to attend Glyndebourne for as long as he can remember.

Laurence Watt

Laurie Watt spent his entire career after qualification in 1972 as a solicitor with Messrs Charles Russell Speechlys. It was at the time a well-known but small, six-partner firm, then called Charles Russell & Co. He became a Partner in 1974 and was elected Senior Partner in 1998 and re-elected twice until 2006, when he became a consultant under the title ‘Senior Counsel’ and in which role he remained until he retired from the firm in 2017. There, he specialised in Commercial Litigation of all types with an emphasis on international cases, in which context he took over responsibility for the firm’s Government clientele in the late 1970s until 2006. Throughout his career with the firm he also represented orchestras, having a close and special role with the London Philharmonic, and also individual musicians in a variety of cases and in terms of general advice. Since his retirement from the firm he continues, privately, in an advisory role with his orchestral and musical contacts, with communication with his old alma mater when formal advice needs to be signed off.

Elizabeth Winter

Elizabeth is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where she was Director of Development and Communication for 20 years. She is now a fundraising consultant for the College's Parker Library and for the University's Centre for Geopolitics. She is also a consultant to Pro Corda, the chamber music school, with which she has been involved for many years. Liz has held trustee positions with the Cambridge University Music Society and Cambridge Early Music, as well as with the Cambridge Literary Festival and the Arthur Rank Hospice. Liz's background is in publishing and journalism.


Honorary Life Members

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