Advisory Council

Martin Höhmann  Chairman

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Robert Adediran

Rob has been Executive Director at London Music Masters since 2014, having previously led the charity’s learning team. He is also part of the leadership for Verbier Festival’s Reaching Out programme. Rob serves on advisory groups for Royal Opera House, Cheltenham Music Festival and Spitalfields Music, and chairs the Lambeth Music Network strategy board. He is currently studying for an Executive MBA at Cambridge Judge Business School. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2006, Rob spent a happy year in the Education department at the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and maintains a close relationship with the Orchestra through his current work.

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

After stepping down as a member of the household of The Prince of Wales in 2012, Manon became CEO of Tourism and Marketing for Wales and is a Trustee for Wales of the Heritage Lottery Fund. She has previously worked at the BBC, the National Assembly for Wales and S4C. Manon 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 from the University of Cambridge.

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. 

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.

Simon Callow CBE


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 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. Andrew supports the chair of Andrew Barclay.

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.

Lord Hall of Birkenhead CBE 

Tony Hall, Baron Hall of Birkenhead, has been Director-General of the BBC since 2013. He was Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden from 2001 until March 2013 and Director of News at the BBC between 1993 and 2001. Among many positions held, he has been Chair of the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Board member British Council, Chairman of the Cultural Olympiad Board and member of the organising Board for the 2012 Olympics and Trustee of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Lord Hall was elevated to the Peerage as a Crossbench Member in 2010.

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) and a member of the UNECE Real Estate Markets Group. As Governor of the University of Westminster he was awarded an honorary doctorate (DLitt Hon). He continues to demonstrate his commitment to education as Vice-Chairman of Enterprise Education Trust, Founder of the Continuing Professional Development Foundation and Institute of Continuing Professional Development. He also chairs the Educational Foundation for Life Long Learning. His contribution to further education was recognised in 1993 when he was appointed OBE.

Marianna Hay

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.

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*

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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.

Jamie Njoku-Goodwin

Jamie was appointed Chief Executive of UK Music, the body that represents the UK music industry, in October 2020. Previously he was special adviser to the Health Secretary Matt Hancock. He worked as a senior adviser in government since 2018, starting as a special adviser to Matt when he was Culture Secretary, before moving with him to the Department for Health and Social Care. Earlier in his career Jamie worked for the election strategist Lynton Crosby and as a political adviser for the Conservative Party. Jamie holds a Bachelor's degree in Music and a Masters in International Relations from the University of Nottingham. He is a keen speed chess player, plays the piano exceptionally badly and enjoys conducting at amateur level (when opportunities with unfortunate and unsuspecting orchestras arise).

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, was named as one of The Hospital Clubs H100 and is a regular columnist for Admap and contributes to The Drum, Marketing, 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 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

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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 dedicated his career to working in the financial services sector, assuming the role of Chief Executive for Ageas UK (formerly Fortis) in 2001. Between 2013–15 Barry was the Chief Operating Officer of Ageas Group, successfully overseeing the implementation of its growth strategy across its four global regions. Barry remains on the Ageas Boards in Turkey, Italy, Portugal and the UK . He was previously President of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a member of the ABI General Insurance Council. Barry is a Consultant to Fenchurch Advisory Partners and on the Board of RB Sports & Leisure Holding 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 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 joined Charles Russell in 1972 and was Senior Partner from 1998–2006, following which he became Senior Counsel. He is a leading legal professional on orchestral matters, having worked with the ABO, the major UK orchestras, as well as in the US and other territories. Laurie is Honorary Solicitor to the Royal Philharmonic Society, International Membership Secretary of ALFA, a member of the International Bar Association and chairs the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association. He is a Trustee of the ABO, Awards for Young Musicians and the Schubert Ensemble. Laurie supports the chair of LPO Horn player Mark Vines.

Elizabeth Winter

Elizabeth is a Fellow and Director of Development and Communication at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Before coming to Cambridge, Liz’s background was in financial journalism, writing and editing for IBC and then for FT Publishing and Sweet & Maxwell. For nine years she was a director of Pro Corda, the national chamber music school, and she was recently appointed a trustee of the Cambridge University Music Society, one of the oldest societies in the University. Previously she was a trustee of the Cambridge Literary Festival, and has been a member of several outside development boards for different schools and charities.


Honorary Life Members

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