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 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 at the LPO. Read Gareth'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.

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 Athenæum Club.

Dr Catherine C. Høgel

Catherine is a doctor who is currently taking time out of medicine to raise a growing family. Prior to this she studied at both Durham and Harvard Universities to achieve a Masters in Psychology, before commencing medical school in London, graduating in 2006. Catherine regularly participates in the ‘Quorum’ choir, and is a trustee of the Dunard Fund, the Colburn School of Performing Arts and member of the Honorary Board at the Royal Opera House.

Bruno de Kegel

Bruno is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, advising charitable foundations, wealthy families and entrepreneurs across Europe, Middle East and Africa on their financial investments. From 2004 to 2014, he was a member of the Investment Strategy Group and head of the Portfolio Management Group, where he was 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.

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.

Rachel Masters*

Rachel is the Principal Harp. Read Rachel's biography here. 

Julian Metherell

Julian Metherell spent 22 years in the banking industry latterly as a Partner at Goldman Sachs and CEO of its UK Investment Banking business.  From 2011-2015 he was a co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Genel Energy, a London listed oil company with assets in the Middle East and Africa.  He is currently a non-executive Director of GASLOG, a New York listed shipping company, a Trustee of the Royal Opera House and a member of the Advisory Board of the Judge Business School in Cambridge.

George Peniston*

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

Kevin Rundell*

Kevin is the Principal Double Bass. Read Kevin'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. Read Mark's biography here. 

Timothy Walker AM

Timothy is the Chief Executiveand 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

Kenneth Goode
Carol Colburn Grigor CBE
Pehr G Gyllenhammar
Mrs Jackie Rosenfeld OBE
Robert 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