Richard Morris MA (Oxon) Hon. FRAM RCM RNCM practised as a solicitor with Farrer & Co. and as a corporate financier at S. G. Warburg & Co. Ltd. He joined Hodder and Stoughton Publishers, becoming joint Managing Director in 1989.
Richard was a member of the Council of Kent Opera and co-founded Almaviva Opera. From 1993 to 2009 he was Chief Executive of ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music). He has served as Chair of the Music Education Council.
Richard is Chair of Governors at the Yehudi Menuhin School. He is a member of the Mayor’s Music Education Group and the co-founder and acting Chairman of the Mayor of London’s Fund for Young Musicians. He also serves as a Governor of Kent Music, a Trustee of Music Preserved, an associate director of Magma Poetry and on the development board of the Arvon Foundation. He is the author of slim volumes telling opera stories in verse form. In 2010 Richard achieved a diploma in leadership coaching and is active as a mentor and coach.
Roger Barron is a partner at Linklaters LLP, the international law firm. He is based in London, having worked with Linklaters in Hong Kong, Singapore and Moscow. Roger is a corporate lawyer who specialises in mergers and acquisitions.
Roger was a choral scholar at New College, Oxford and is a former violinist. He was a founder member and trustee for a number of years of The Clerks’, the award winning mediaeval to contemporary vocal ensemble and is a member of the Royal Opera House Foundation Advisory Circle.
Michael Berry is a banker who since 1988 has specialised in leveraged and acquisition finance, leading the leveraged finance teams at Deutsche Bank, WestLB and Nomura. Most recently, he has worked as an adviser on banking transactions and financial restructurings, setting up Versatus Advisers in 2008 which he sold to Oriel Securities in 2011.
Michael is a passionate music – lover with a very wide spread of tastes. He is as likely to be found at a heavy metal concert as at the opera. He is chairman of Orion Orchestra, which exists to provide professional performing experience for recent music graduates and to help them on their way to musical careers. He also sits on the boards of Scottish Ballet, Quest for Education (which finances schools in Pakistan) and Chronic Granulomatous Disorder Society.
An investment banker for more than 30 years with S.G.Warburg /UBS Warburg, Bob Boas initially qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse.
A lifelong supporter of the arts with a particular focus on music, Bob is a trustee and founder of The Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust which helps support young musicians at the start of their professional careers. He also sits on the board of trustees for National Life Stories, IMS Prussia Cove, Gabrielli Consort and The Classical Opera Company.
Previously he has been a trustee of interalia Heritage Lottery Fund, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The English National Opera and the Guildhall School Trust.
Roger Gifford is the current Lord Mayor of London.
He is also UK Country Manager of SEB (Skandinaviska Enskilda Bank), and for six years headed the bank’s operations in Japan. He is currently Chairman of the UK’s Association of Foreign Banks. Elected as Alderman for the Ward of Cordwainer in 2004, he currently sits on Planning & Transportation and Policy & Resources committees.
He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and Master (Sept 2010) of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers as well as sponsoring Alderman for the Guild of Public Relations Practitioners. He was Sheriff of the City of London in 2008/9. Roger’s voluntary work reflects his interest in music and the importance of the ‘creative industries’ as the UK’s second most important sector after financial services. He is a Trustee of St Paul’s Cathedral Foundation.
A music manager and producer, James Joseph has been hugely influential in the creation of major label UK jazz artists Jason Rebello, Cleveland Watkiss and his brother, Julian Joseph. He has also played a key role in guiding the careers of British saxophonists Steve Williamson and Courtney Pine, as well as Nina Simone, Cassandra Wilson, Mica Paris and Omar. He has been responsible for 5 million record sales.
James is a consultant for BBC Worldwide and has co-produced TV and radio shows for the BBC and ITV. He sits on various boards including the PRS Foundation panel. He is Chair of DNA Culture, a trustee of the World Heartbeat Academy and the 51st State Band. He has executive produced many productions for film, and latterly for the stage and opera.
Jonathan was Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s European president and the chief executive officer of Merrill Lynch International. He was also a board director of Banc of America Securities Limited, Merrill Lynch International Bank Limited and MBNA Europe Bank Limited.
Moulds is a strong supporter of the performing arts and sits on the board of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and serves as chairman of the LSO Advisory Council. In 2010, he joined Carnegie Hall’s International Council.
He is a keen collector of fine musical instruments.
Jeanie Rosefield, B.A., M.Sc. is a Psychologist, specialising in Reminiscence and is the Author of Capturing Memories – the Art of Reminiscence.
A lifelong supporter of music in the third sector, she is the Director of the London International String Quartet Competition and a Board Member of the Arts & Music Committee of the English Speaking Union. She is a member of the Development Board of the Marie-Curie Hampstead Hospice and was formerly Deputy Vice-Chairman of Jewish Care.
Bob Rothenberg has been a partner at Blick Rothenberg Chartered Accountants for over 30 years. Bob is a Board Member of London First, a non-profit organisation with the mission to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. He lectures on taxation and company law and has co-authored two books.
In July 2010, Bob completed his term as Chairman of BKR International and was also a non-executive director of easyJet plc until May 2010. He is a regularly quoted on tax and commercial issues in the national press and has recently appeared on radio and television. He is a governor of Highgate School and a trustee of The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment. He was made an MBE in 2007.
Veronica Wadley is Chair of Arts Council, London and a Senior Advisor to the Mayor of London
Before joining the Arts Council, she was Editor of the Evening Standard.
In 2010, she was appointed to the GLA’s Music Education Steering Group and worked under the chairmanship of Karen Brock, head of Music Services in Tower Hamlets, to develop ideas about philanthropic giving to music education. She became a Governor of the Yehudi Menuhin School in 2012 and is on a number of Boards including Northern Ballet. She is also an advisor to the Greenhouse Schools Project.
She was previously Deputy Editor of The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail. Veronica is a lifelong supporter of the arts and chaired the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and Film Awards from 2002-2009.