Guy Fletcher OBE (Chairman)guy studio pic. jpg

Guy Fletcher has been a respected songwriter since the sixties.  Recordings of his songs by Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Ray Charles, Frankie Valli, Joe Cocker and many other international stars have ensured Guy’s place in British pop history.

Behind the scenes, he has worked for many years for the UK copyright community including more than a decade as Chairman of The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters where he led many campaigns against the erosion of composers’ rights.

After 20 years on the board of the Performing Right Society and the past six years as PRS Chairman, he continues to be a highly respected voice internationally and is a tireless champion of  the entire music community

Guy was honoured with an OBE for services to British Music in the 2005 Queen’s birthday honours list.

Oonagh Barry

Oonagh Barry has been Head of Hounslow Music since 2008, and is the current Music Mark representative for Greater London. She was involved in the creation of Music Mark, the UK Association for Music Education, which came about as a result of a merger between the Federation of Music Services (FMS) and the National Association of Music Educators (NAME) in February 2013. Oonagh is a violinist, and studied in Ireland and the Netherlands and played for a number of years before moving into education. She has working in classroom and instrumental settings, in both the state and private sectors. She is passionate about the power of music to transform young people’s lives.

Michael Berry

berryMichael is Managing Director and head of the London office of Pricoa Capital Group, the private lending unit of Prudential Insurance Company of America. He is a banker who since 1988 has specialised in leveraged and acquisition finance, leading the leveraged finance teams at Deutsche Bank, WestLB and Nomura. He has also 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 a director and past 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 Genetic Disorders UK.

Simon Bragg

Simon Bragg

Simon is a former Chairman and Chief Executive of Stifel Europe.  He is a founder of Oriel Securities which was acquired by Stifel.  Prior to Oriel, he worked at HBSC, Cargill and Hoare Govett. Simon graduated from Imperial College, London with a degree in Chemistry and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell (KPMG). He has over twenty years’ experience in financial services, helping companies and investors to be successful. Simon is a non-executive director of JP Morgan American Investment Trust (a FTSE 250 Company).  He is also a Trustee of the Royal Engineers Vocational and Educational Training Trust and sits on two panels of the Financial Conduct Authority.  He has recently set up “The London Leg Up Fund” to help talented young people start to become successful.

Katharine Davidson

 DavidsonKatharine is the Global Head of Strategy at Linklaters. Her career to-date has included ten years in increasingly senior consulting roles at McKinsey, five years on fixed-income client strategy at J.P. Morgan and, most recently, four years as Head of Strategy & Management Information in the Efficiency and Reform Group in the Cabinet Office (Her Majesty’s Government) where she worked with Ministers and senior Civil Servants to deliver the UK Government’s savings initiatives. Katharine brings a depth of international experience and strong track record in both designing strategies and delivering significant change for major institutions. She has also worked with many smaller organisations while running her own consulting firm.

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Jo Dipple joined UK Music the month it was launched, October 2008, and became its Chief Executive in January 2012. As CEO, Jo has focused UK Music’s work on lobbying Parliament, Government, MPs and policy makers on delivering policy in the best interests of the recorded, published and live music business.

Jo led a successful Judicial Review against BIS challenging the introduction of damaging new copyright legislation, successfully lobbied for changes in planning law at DCLG and helped see the passing of a Live Music Act. Jo launched an anti-piracy education campaign with Government (IPO) called Music Inc. and conducted the first industry-wide analysis of the economic contribution of British music to the UK economy, Measuring Music, as well as establishing a new economic report into live music and music tourism across every region of the UK called Wish You Were Here.

Before joining UK Music in 2008, Jo worked at Downing Street, the Treasury, Trinity Mirror Plc and edited the “Dear Jo” column for the Daily Mirror. She helped re-launch the influential All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music, whose secretariat is now run by UK Music, and sits on the London Music Board.

Oliver Duff

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He is currently working on a new asset management business (DuCanon Ltd) following a 22 year career in the European banking sector.  Most recently until December 2015 Oliver was European Head of Capital Financing for HSBC responsible for all the primary origination businesses in Europe including DCM, ECM, LAF, M&A Execution, Project and Export Finance and Asset Backed Finance.

Prior to this he was Global Head of Leveraged and Acquisition Finance (LAF) which he ran for 5 years and joined HSBC in 2006 as Global Head of Loan Syndicate. Oliver came to HSBC from his previous role as Head of European Loan Syndicate at Morgan Stanley, responsible for event-driven investment grade and non-investment grade financing as well as emerging market financing.

He joined Morgan Stanley in 2004 from Goldman Sachs, where he had spent nearly seven years in leveraged finance and loan syndicate. He started his career within leveraged finance at Bankers Trust in 1994.

Oliver has a degree in Economics from Exeter University and is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.


David Kershaw


David studied law at Trinity College Cambridge and worked in theCity as a corporate lawyer for 34 years. He worked at Slaughter and May and Ashurst LLP, where he became an equity partner in 1986. He advised a wide range of UK and international corporate clients on takeovers, mergers, joint ventures, corporate finance and banking. He retired in 2010 and went back to university, studying for a Masters in Classical Civilisation at Birkbeck College, London University.

He is a keen amateur violinist and plays in two London orchestras, and music has always been a big part of his life. As well as being a trustee of the Mayor’s Music Fund, he is past chair of the Trinity College Alumni Board and is Chairman of Trustees of the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind Pension Fund (better known as Sightsavers). He is a Freeman of the City of London Solicitors’ Company.

Peter Manning

Peter Manning, photographed by Charlie Hopkinson.

Peter is recognised as one of Britain’s finest musicians at the leading edge of performance. He is an outstanding soloist, concertmaster, director, teacher and chamber musician.

Peter is Concertmaster of The Royal Opera House and Artistic Director of The Soloists of The Royal Opera House, alongside being Artistic Director and Conductor of Manning Camerata and newly appointed as Guest Conductor for the Dallas Opera, Texas, US.

Richard Morris

Richard-MorrisRichard 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 has been 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 Taskforce.  He also serves as a Governor of Kent Music, a Trustee of Music Preserved, an associate director of Magma Poetry and is 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.

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE


Chi-chi is Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of Chineke!, Europe’s first professional orchestra comprising Black and minority ethnic (BME) musicians. Chineke!’s mission is “championing change and celebrating diversity” and it seeks to redress the imbalance of the representation of BME musicians in British orchestras. 

She is Principal Double Bass and a founder member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Professor of Double Bass Historical Studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was made a Fellow in 1998. 

As a broadcaster Chi-chi presented BBC Radio 3 Requests for four years, was a Jury member for BBC 2 TV ‘Classical Star’ and regularly guests for BBC Proms Extra.

Chi-chi was awarded an OBE for services to Music in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday honours and in July 2016 was appointed as an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban Conservatoire in recognition of her “pioneering contribution to music, in particular the inspiration she provides, the commitment she has shown, and the contribution she has made to addressing inequalities within classical music in the UK, most recently through the Chineke! Foundation.” She was recently named Black British Business Awards Person of the year 2016.

Chi-chi is a passionate advocate of the importance of music in everyone’s lives and is committed to teaching and sharing her love of music.

John Reid


John joined Live Nation Entertainment as President of Live Nation Europe-Concerts in January of 2012.  Prior to this he served as President of Warner Music Europe and Vice Chairman of Warner Music International, having joined the group in 2000.

John has played a role in the international marketing and development of several US stars including Michael Buble, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna and Green Day, as well as the global prominence of European artists such as Muse, James Blunt and Paolo Nutini. Earlier in his career, John served as President of Island Def Jam in the US, CEO of Polygram Canada, International Marketing Director at London Records, and in artist management. He holds a business degree from Trinity College Dublin.

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Jonathan Thorne is the founder and CEO of the Duet Group. The Duet Group is a specialist music services company comprising Duet Education, Duet Shop, Duet Media Technologies, Duet Philharmonic, and the Duet Foundation.

Jonathan is a patron and fellow for the Royal Academy of Arts, the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA), the Royal Institution, Music Education Council, Bayreuth Festival, Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival, and the British Horological Institute.

Jonathan, an accomplished pianist, has degrees in Music and Law and is currently undertaking a PhD with a focus on Wagner. He is extremely passionate about the importance of music education.

Veronica Wadley

wadleyVeronica is Chair of Arts Council, London and former Editor of the Evening Standard. Prior to that she was Deputy Editor of both The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail.

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 has previously served on several boards including Northern Ballet. Veronica is a lifelong supporter of the arts and chaired the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and Film Awards from 2002-2009.