James has worked for over 30 years in state education, 16 of these as a secondary school Head teacher at both St Laurence School Bradford on Avon and Cotham School in Bristol. He is a Fellow of the Centre for Social Policy (Dartington Social Research Unit), which he previously chaired; his publications include ‘Urban Village Schools’ and a Channel 4 Dispatches programme, ‘The Children left behind’; he is the co- founder of the Consortium for Emotional Wellbeing in Schools. Until recently James was a Trustee of the Bristol Music Trust (Colston Hall) and Chair of the Trust’s Education and Community Engagement Committee; he also served on the board of Bristol University from 2010 to 2017. James was instrumental in the creation of the Wiltshire Music Centre and was its first Chair; he returned in 2016 to steer the transformation of the organisation into its third decade.
Jon is Partnerships and Development Manager with Carer Support Wiltshire and Carer Support Dorset, where he manages the fundraising, communications and digital teams. Before moving to the third sector, Jon was a marketing director and consultant in Asia and North America. Jon’s experience includes 8 years in the music industry in New York.
Matthew is Deputy Chief Executive of Anvil Arts, the largest performing arts organisation in Hampshire, which runs The Anvil (concert hall), The Haymarket (theatre) and The Forge (studio) in Basingstoke. He is also on the boards of the British Association of Concert Halls (BACH), Pavilion Dance South West, the Music Beyond Mainstream consortium, the Basingstoke Business Improvement District, and is a past Co-Chairman of Autism Berkshire.
Professor of Musicology at the University of Oxford and Student (Fellow) of Christ Church, Oxford, Jonathan has worked for over 30 years in higher education as a teacher and researcher. He has published five books and around 70 articles on 20th-century and contemporary music. He is also committed to engaging a wider audience with new ideas about music through his regular public writing, speaking and broadcasting. He was for many years a Trustee of the Hinrichsen Foundation and is currently a Trustee of the Spectra Ensemble. Jonathan also served as a Governor of Fitzmaurice Primary School, Bradford on Avon. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an elected Member of the Academy of Europe.
A Chartered Accountant, Harriet was the original Treasurer of the Music Centre when it opened in 1997 and was a Trustee for the first 12 years. She is now the Vice Chair and, once again, the Treasurer. Before moving to Bradford on Avon she had been the Finance Director of English National Opera and Director in charge of Client Accounts at Sotheby’s. More recently she has been a School Bursar at a couple of local independent schools, and now works in the world of steam engine preservation, running steam charters on the mainline. Harriet is also the Honorary Treasurer of Iford Arts, a local opera company, as well as Trustee of a couple of other local heritage charities.
An award winning consultant with over 30 years’ government and industry experience, Mark has operated at the ‘sharp end’ in a range of high profile, high value, technically complex and commercially challenging contracts. An MBA-qualified Chartered Engineer, he operates as a business consultant for a FTSE 250 technology company, where he leads a team delivering high value advice to governments and commercial clients on £bn projects and programmes across the UK and internationally. An experienced conference speaker, he has been seconded into MOD at senior level on a £bn contract and to a commercial client where he led a department and advised on an internal business restructuring. Mark is a Governor at St Laurence School and a Trustee of the Academy Trust.
A retired RAF Engineering Officer, Alan has been a semi-professional musician since retiring from active service when he completed a BA (Hons) in Band Studies. He has played brass and percussion in various orchestras, brass and wind bands, as well as teaching privately, and more recently conducting, having conducted Bath Philharmonic, The film Orchestra, and Royal Wootton Bassett Orchestra where he is Musical Director. Alan is also a composer and arranger, having pieces published by MMI Music and Sheet Music Plus. He composed a piece especially for the Wiltshire Youth Orchestra’s 2010 concert tour of China and Hong Kong.
In 1986 Anne Millman established the UK’s first consultancy specialising in the cultural sector. During her career she has developed an international reputation for strategic planning, feasibility studies, market research, evaluation and policy development. Anne has served as a Trustee for a range of charities, and brings this experience to the Board of Wiltshire Music Centre along with her knowledge of the performing arts and heritage industries.
An alumni of the Wiltshire Young Musicians youth orchestras, Emily is now a keen chamber and orchestral violinist, performing regularly in the South West. She has an undergraduate degree from Leeds College of Music and a Master's degree in Arts Management from Bath Spa University. She has previously worked in music publishing, and since 2018 has been working for the National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain, where she is Auditions and Junior Orchestras Manager.
After an early career as a trumpet player, in 1966 David Richardson became a radio music producer for the BBC. From 1972 he was successively chief executive of the (now Royal) Scottish National Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota and the Hallé Orchestra. Joining a regional orchestral touring organisation in the East of England in 1994, he expanded its remit and status to become Orchestras Live, the national orchestral and music education development agency, from which he retired in 2008. Among other voluntary roles David Richardson was Chairman of the Association of British Orchestras, Deputy Chairman of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and a Trustee of Music in the Round.
Emma has been Director of Finance and Operations at Badminton School, Bristol since October 2016; Badminton is an independent school for girls aged 3-18 in Westbury on Trym. Prior to this, Emma worked at St Laurence School in Bradford on Avon, for 14 years in a variety of roles, latterly as Director of Finance and Operations; as such she worked closely with WMC building on the close partnership between the two organisations. Emma also has extensive experience within the hospitality industry.
Ian is a Bristol based business person and Wiltshire based politician, Chairman of Meeting Place Communications Ltd. (a national public relations consultancy), Wiltshire councillor for Calne Central and chair of Wiltshire Council’s finance scrutiny committee. Trained as a musician, Ian has 10 years of experience of the charitable sector and he is an experienced entrepreneur and creator of small businesses. Ian lives in north Wiltshire and brings his experience of fundraising, financial management, marketing and public relations as well as his particular interest in classical music and community engagement to WMC.
Now attracting over 60,000 audience members and participants a year, Wiltshire Music Centre (WMC) is one of the UK’s finest purpose-built concert halls. We showcase a year-round programme of over 160 live performances of world-class classical, folk, jazz and world music; we deliver an extensive Creative Learning programme across the region; we act as a vibrant music-making community hub.
Following a Governance review and in line with the organisation’s strategic business plan, the Board wishes to recruit new Trustees with a passion for live music, and the skill set and breadth of profiles to help WMC further innovate and excel. We are particularly interested in the following areas of expertise: Artists and Music Leaders, financial management, venue management, Health and Safety, Digital / CRM and IT, legal and HR. Keen to increase the diversity of the Board, we actively seek Trustees under the age of 35 and encourage applications from individuals with no previous board experience and from different backgrounds.
WMC is a registered charity and National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England. It currently has a Board of 11 voluntary, non-executive Directors / Trustees, and is run by a professional team of 14.2 full time equivalent staff led by Chief Executive Maud Saint-Sardos and Artistic Director James Slater.
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For an informal chat, please call Maud Saint-Sardos 01225 860110