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Governors' Biographies

Governors’ Biographies

David Carter (Chair of Governors)

David was appointed a Governor of the School in 2010. He currently chairs the Finance & Audit Committee.

A Chartered Accountant by profession, David worked for ICI PLC for almost 30 years, latterly as global head of its Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) team.  He has a rare talent for clear, illuminating communication, often distilled from the essence of dry and complex issues.  David was an Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of ICI’s public company in India, and his non‐executive duties included acting as non-executive director of ICI’s three public companies in Pakistan and India, Chairmanship of the Audit Committees and membership of the Remuneration Committees.

David currently provides Strategy and M&A deal-specific consulting and advisory services to companies on either a project or retained basis.  Clients include a North American animal health technology company.  He is a shareholder in and an advisor to a London-based Life Sciences consulting company.

David is also on the Boards of the Almeida Theatre and Kingston University, part of a portfolio of non-executive roles.

Chris Ancliff

Chris was appointed a Governor of the School in 2017.  He is also a member of the Governance and Finance & Audit Committees.

Chris qualified as a solicitor with Linklaters in 1991, and joined the record industry in 1993, where he has held a number of legal and business affairs positions in PolyGram, EMI and Warner Music.  He is currently Executive Vice-President – Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa/General Counsel, International at Warner Music.

Chris is also a board director and member of the legal committee of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, a member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the CBI, a trustee of the EMI Archive Trust and a trustee director of the Warner Music UK Pension Scheme.    In addition Chris is a member of the advisory board of Revelator, an Israeli digital music analytics company.

Paul Burger

Paul was appointed a Governor of the School in 2011 and was elected Chair of the Governing Body in 2012.  He is currently Chair of the Personnel Committee and is a member of the Finance & Audit and Principal’s Performance Management Committees.

Paul's career spans more than 35 years working with music artists of very diverse backgrounds in a variety of locations.  Prior to founding his own company Paul spent 27 years in senior management positions with Sony Music International including serving as President, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (2000-03), as Chairman & CEO of Sony Music UK & Ireland (1993-2000); President Sony Music Canada (1989-1993); VP Marketing Sony Music Europe (1986-89). SohoArtists, founded in 2003, is a boutique artist management company focused largely on new and developing talent.  He works with one of the most important World Music artists of today, Yasmin Levy (Adama Music) and has done so since the launch of her international career.  Yasmin is a winner of the Anna Lindh Foundation Award for Cross-Cultural collaboration and has also won the USA Songwriting Competition for Best Song in the World Music category.

SohoArtists also works with Mercury Music Prize nominated (2012) folk artist Sam Lee, who is the winner of a BBC Folk Award for Best Traditional Song in 2016 (“Lovely Molly”).  Sam is a pioneer in the world of folk music, re-defining the sound and texture of songs he and his Nest Collective have researched over many years.  His band carve a new acoustic with their homemade and mongrelized instrumentation using unconventional and contemporary arrangements that challenge perceptions of how “traditional folk” should sound.   Sam Lee’s vocals feature in the May 2017 release of Guy Ritchie’s ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ film.

Other clients include Ilham al-Madfai (EMI Arabia) who has headlined a BBC Late Night Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall. In addition to artist management, SohoArtists runs a consultancy arm for artists, labels, retailers and others interested in engaging with the music industry.

Paul is also a Board Member of the Music Managers Forum (UK); was a long-time Director of The Brit Trust Ltd; and continues to serve as a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania Foundation (UK) Ltd.  At the University of Pennsylvania, as well as in the UK for New York’s Metropolitan University, Paul gives occasional guest lectures on arts management.  

Jo Charrington

Jo was appointed a Governor of the School on 1 January 2016 as a member of the Personnel Committee and the Marketing/PR Committee.

Currently Executive Vice President of A&R at Capitol Records, Jo started her career in music in 1992 as a marketing assistant at London Records and moved into A&R following five years of managing RnB boyband Another Level. The artists Jo has signed and A&R’d include: Big Brovaz, Charlotte Church, Imogen Heap, Lemar, Mylo, The Priests, Scouting for Girls, JLS, Aloe Blacc, Olly Murs, Paloma Faith and most recently, 5 Seconds of Summer and GRAMMY® winner, Sam Smith.   

Jo was recently invited to take part in a mentoring scheme set up by Marie Claire magazine to inspire and educate the future generation of the music industry. She was also named as 2015’s Business Woman of the Year by industry magazine Music Week.

Madelaine Cooper

Madelaine was appointed a Governor of the School on 8 December 2015 having previously been elected a Parent Governor of the School in 2013.  She is a member of the PR/Marketing and Governance Committees. 

Madelaine is a talent broker specialising in the creative industries sector.  Clients include many large and small branding and communications agencies in the UK and beyond as well as commercial companies such as University of the South Bank, Capita, Citibank, Balfour Beatty, Waitrose, Philips, Sainsburys, ITV and Dyson with whom she has worked on the development and growth of their own internal creative and innovation teams. 

Madelaine is often asked to participate in Career Forums and to provide coaching to individuals as well as to companies.  She specialises in working with creative people to help them present themselves in an effective and relevant way.

Seeing changing business needs, Madelaine has now created Strategic Design Resourcing with two partners to respond to the need for service designers who can deliver effective responses in the overlap between technology, creativity and end user needs. 

Prior to creating MCV Recruitment in 1995, she worked in various sectors of the branding, communications and creative industries in the UK and New York.

She is married with one son who attended The BRIT School until recently. 

Maggie Crowe OBE

Maggie was appointed a Governor of the School in 2007 and has served as a Governor since that time.  She is a member of the PR/Marketing, Curriculum & Student Welfare and Personnel Committees and leads on safeguarding issues on the Governing Body.

Growing up and then marrying locally, Maggie is at home around Selhurst and Croydon.

Maggie’s role as Director of Events and Charities for The BPI (the trade association for the British record industry) is crucial for the School as any funds raised for their annual BRIT Awards show, BRITs Classics and BRITs Icons are donated to the BRIT Trust. The BRIT Trust is the major co-sponsor along with the DfE that built and conceived The BRIT School.

From her first job in the music industry working in Croydon for Steve Mason (Windsong Record Exports) to now - her passion for music and more importantly for The BRIT School is extraordinary.

Marianne Cwynarski

Marianne was elected a Parent Governor in 2017 and is a member of the Curriculum & Student Welfare Committee.

She is an experienced parent governor and has served as a school governor at a primary school and a secondary school, for nearly seven years, prior to becoming a Parent Governor at the Brit School.  Her particular areas of interest are special education needs, diversity and inclusion activities and proactive communications to parents.

Career-wise Marianne worked in the field of communications for over 25 years, leading on internal communications in a number of organisations. She started working at the House of Commons 15 years ago and led their internal communications function for the best part of that time.  However, in the last couple of years she has changed direction and is now the Head of the Governance Office.  A few years ago she established a Parliamentary network to provide a platform for under-represented ethnic minority staff to find support and where wider equality objectives could be progressed.  She was the first minority ethnic woman to be appointed to the House of Commons Management Board. 

Outside work Marianne volunteers at her local branch of Save the Children every Sunday. 

Marianne has two children at the Brit School, a son studying dance in year 11 and a daughter studying Visual Art and Design in year 10.

Angela Ferreira

Angela was appointed a Governor of the School on 8 December 2015.  She is a member of the Governance and Principal’s Performance Management Committees, and she is affiliated to the Film & Media Production department in the School.

Angela is a Television Producer who has worked for all the major UK broadcasters at a senior level including internally and externally for the BBC, Channel 4, Sky, Radio 1 and as an independent producer for ITV, Channel 5 and Reelz in the US. She has also produced televised events and branded content for Government, NGO's and corporate clients in the UK, USA and across Europe. 

Angela is a guest lecturer at The National Film and Television School where she sits on the TV Advisory Board and is Chair of The Royal Television Society Diversity Committee.

She also produces events and sessions for the RTS and Children’s Media Conference in a voluntary capacity.

Fliss Hamblyn

Parent Governor, Fliss Hamblyn, was elected in September 2017.  She is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee and is also involved in starting a programme of parent engagement for the School. 

Fliss has a background in the Creative Industries working in Film and TV in research and script development for companies such as Goldcrest and Percy Main (Ridley Scott), followed by over 10 years in Cable and Satellite, primarily with Music Choice Europe, a digital music broadcaster, with roles in Sales and Distribution, Marketing and Business Development and Innovation.   Fliss also has experience in Higher Education after working with The University of West London specifically for the Faculty of the Arts and London College of Music as a Business Development Broker.   Fliss now runs a software development company based in West London which specialises in Education, Innovation, Digital Media, and FinTech.

Fliss has a son in the Music Strand in year 10.

Martin Locket

Martin was appointed a Governor of the School on 1 January 2016.  He is a member of the Finance & Audit and Governance Committees, and he is affiliated to the Production Arts department in the School.

Martin is an experienced company director and businessman, having made his career within businesses supplying equipment and technical services to the entertainment industry.  He is currently a director of TSL Lighting Ltd (which supplies lighting and rigging equipment to the concert touring, corporate production, theatre and special events markets) and Visible Spectrum Europe Ltd (a consultancy to the technical production industry).  Between 2008 and 2013 he was CEO of Production Resource Group (UK) Ltd, the world’s leading supplier of entertainment and event technology.

Martin also undertakes regular tutoring and mentoring roles at a number of universities and colleges focussed on the technical production industry, offering support to both the courses and individual students requiring relevant coaching and assistance. His focus is on introducing the concept of commercial thinking to students who are primarily practical or creative. 

Amanda Luis

Amanda was elected as a staff governor in September 2016.  She is a member of the Finance & Audit Committee.  She is also on the Fundraising Steering Group in the course of her job at the School.

Prior to achieving a BA in Dance Practice, MA in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy and working as an Events Manager for a corporate company in the City, Amanda was a dance student at the School for both Key Stage 4 and Post-16. Since returning to the School, Amanda administers the BRIT Silver Campaign, the School’s first fundraising initiative. 

Amanda mentors Key Stage 4 students and liaises with current parents on the BRIT Silver Campaign.

Prof Sally Mackey

Sally was appointed a Governor of the School in 2007.  She is currently a member of the Curriculum & Student Welfare Committee.

Sally is Professor in Applied Theatre and Performance at Central School of Speech & Drama, having started teaching at Central in 1992 as a drama education specialist.  She introduced ‘applied theatre’ to Central and still teaches predominantly in that field. 

An external examiner up to PhD level at several universities, Sally is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s (AHRC) college of peer reviewers and was on the AHRC Commissioning Panel for the Landscape and Environment theme, 2005-2006, and Researching Environmental Change, 2010. 

Sally is co-author of Drama and Theatre Studies and editor/author of Practical Theatre.  She is on the Editorial Board of RiDE: the Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance.

Dej Mahoney

Dej was appointed a Governor of the School in 2012. He is currently Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Curriculum & Student Welfare Committee.

Dej is a founding director of All Our Business Ltd (AOB), a boutique legal and business consultancy in music, entertainment and related sectors. Through AOB's activities in event production, Dej became a founding director of the first-ever Barclaycard World Freerun Championships and of the Guinness Book of Records-accredited Young Voices International, which stages the world’s largest, children’s mass choir concerts. He is also a principal of Musical-Dramatic Arts, Inc, rights-owner of the Rhythm & Blues opera I Dream based on the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

In his earlier career at Sony Music UK, Dej was VP of Business Affairs and New Media Development, reporting to the Chairman. For several years during this period, Dej was a visiting lecturer on the Commercial Music degree course at the University of Westminster and was Secretary of the UK Arts Council's A & C Touring Agency. He was a contributing author of Digitisation and the Music Industry (IAEL) and became a Member of the Mayor's Creative Commission for London in 2002.

Dej is a graduate in law from Cambridge University, was called to the Bar of England and Wales as a Harmsworth Award winner and has also sat on the Governing Board of Epsom College since 2016.

Sylvia McNamara

Sylvia was appointed a Governor of the School in 2012.  She is currently a member of the Curriculum & Student Welfare Committee.

Sylvia taught in Loughborough and Leicester before becoming a lecturer and reader in special needs education with the University of Leicester and Nottingham Trent University respectively.  She then worked in Birmingham’s Advisory Support Service, where she became Head of School Effectiveness.  She was promoted to Director of Transforming Education and Director of Education for Birmingham City Council, in which capacity she was instrumental in ensuring the Birmingham BSF Programme would deliver education transformation. 

In the following two years Sylvia worked as a strategic Director with the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency.  She came to Croydon Council in April 2012 to take up the post of Director of Learning, School Improvement and Inclusion.  In this role she carries out the functions of Director of Education for all Croydon Local Authority schools as well as being accountable for special needs provision and schools admissions estates.

Jonathan Morrish

Jonathan was appointed a Governor of the School in 2001 and he is Chair of the PR/Marketing Committee and a member of the Fundraising Steering Group.

A  veteran in the music industry Jonathan consults for a number of companies on PR issues including, amongst others, PPL, the music licensing company that licenses music for broadcast, online and public performance use on behalf of record companies and performers, where he was previously Director of PR and Corporate Communications for eight years, and also PRS for Music that licenses music on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers.

Prior to joining PPL in 2006, Jonathan spent three years at the PR agency, The Outside Organisation, as Head of Corporate  PR working with a wide range of clients including companies, executives and entertainers. Previously he had a long career at Sony Music Entertainment, formerly known as CBS Records, in a variety of PR roles and worked closely with many of the company's artists as well as on many corporate issues.

He started in the music industry as a freelance music writer in the seventies contributing to a number of different publications. Besides being a governor of The BRIT School he is also a trustee of the BRIT Trust.

Simon Presswell

Simon was appointed a Governor of the School in 2014 whilst also a member of the BRIT Trust. He is currently a member of the Marketing/PR Committee and the Fundraising Steering Group.

Simon started his career in retail before finding his interest as a "corporate entrepreneur" who has led a number of businesses through significant chapters of innovation and entrepreneurship. He helped build thomascook.com from the retail origins of the company, before joining lastminute.com as Commercial Director that saw the company float of the stock market before being delisted and sold. Latterly Simon became Managing Director of Universal Studios and went on the develop the company's International TV operation before joining Livenation as the Managing Director of Ticketmaster.  

Simon has a keen international interest in business and delivers regular guess lectures a Henley Business School in both South Africa and the UK on innovation and disruption in the digital age. He also works with a number of Private Equity firms to create value across their portfolio of multinational businesses and is often a commentator on key industry developments.       

Louise Soden

Louise was appointed a Governor of the School in September 2017.  She is a member of the Principal’s Performance Management Committee.

Louise started her career teaching and managing English in a variety of secondary schools, including those in inner cities.  She became an advisory teacher and subsequently a lecturer at Sussex University, contributing to initial teacher education and research on teachers’ professional development. Louise was a deputy headteacher for six years, before becoming a member of a small team establishing the advisory service of a new unitary authority, moving to become an assistant director in another newly established authority.

Louise joined Her Majesty’s Inspectorate (HMI) in 2002.  Following this, she joined the Department for Education (DfE) with responsibility for implementing a key government policy to establish school improvement partners (SIPs) in all schools.

In 2007, Louise joined the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames as an Assistant Director.  She rejoined the DfE as an Academy Adviser, establishing new academies as well as leading research for the Academies Group and working intensively with the most fragile academies.  In 2012, Louise was invited to rejoin Ofsted as a director.  During this time, she was the Regional Director for the East Midlands and the National Director for local authorities. Since leaving Ofsted, Louise has returned as an adviser to the DfE and a number of academy trusts.  She is a governor of Bryanston School and the BRIT School for the Performing Arts.

Geoff Taylor

Geoff was appointed a Governor of the School in 2007.

Geoff Taylor is the BPI’s Chief Executive. He is a Director of the Official Charts Company and BRIT Awards Limited (which stages the annual BRIT Awards show).

Before joining the BPI in February 2007, Geoff was General Counsel and Executive Vice-President at the international record industry association, IFPI. He practised EU and competition law at the US law firm Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering and has an Honours Degree in Law & French from Sussex University and a Postgraduate Diploma in EU law from the College of Europe in Bruges.

Geoff is a lifetime music fan who attended a music school from the age of 7 and ran a recording studio during University. He’s now committed to making sure that the many talented people who work in music have a chance to succeed.

 

Horace Trubridge

Horace was appointed a Governor of the School in 2015.  He is currently a member of the Personnel Committee.

Horace played clarinet and saxophone semi-professionally from the age of 14.  He was a founder member of the band DARTS at the age of 18 and signed an independent record contract a year later. Between 1976 and 1981 DARTS toured internationally and enjoyed considerable chart success including a number of UK top 10 singles, 3 gold albums and a platinum album. Horace wrote many songs for the band including the top ten hit “Get It”. DARTS musically directed and starred in the hit West End musical “Yakety Yak” in 1982.

During the 1980s Horace worked extensively as a session musician performing on many major label releases. He changed tack in the late 80’s and became a band manager and promoter, promoting the ICA Rock Weeks.

Horace started work for the Musicians’ Union (MU) as Music Business Advisor in 1990. He was appointed London Official for the MU in 1997, and Assistant General Secretary in 2003 overseeing the work of the union’s national officials in all areas of the industry.  He was elected General Secretary in March 2017.

Representing the MU on the executive committee of the International Federation of Musicians (FIM), Horace is also a professor of the Royal Society of Musicians and has an honorary diploma in teaching from Rockschool Ltd.

Tony Wadsworth CBE

Tony was appointed a Governor of the School in 2011.  He currently chairs the Principal’s Performance Management Committee.

Tony Wadsworth CBE was Chairman and CEO of EMI Music UK & Ireland from 1998 to 2008.

In a 26 year career with the UK based company, he held many roles including Managing Director of the Parlophone label, a label which he relaunched in the 1990’s achieving sustained hits with artists such as Blur, Radiohead, Crowded House, Pet Shop Boys, Tina Turner and Queen.

His subsequent move to running all of EMI’s UK labels saw a period of global success with artists such as Robbie Williams, Coldplay, Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen, Gorillaz, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles and many others.

Prior to joining EMI, Tony gained a degree in Economics from Newcastle University and spent the following 3 years playing in a band with his college friends. He later worked for various record labels before joining EMI.

In December 2014, after seven years in post, Tony stepped down as Chairman of the BPI, the representative body of the UK recorded music industry and Chairman of BRIT Awards Ltd, but remains a Trustee of the BRIT Trust charity and Governor of the Brit School .

He is also Chairman of Julie’s Bicycle, the leading global charity bridging the gap between environmental sustainability and the creative industries.

He is a Trustee of the EMI Music Sound Foundation, a charity devoted to improving young people’s access to music education and a Trustee of the EMI Archive Trust.

He is a non-executive board director of BIMM, the market leader in popular music higher education, and has commercial interests ranging from ethical ticketing to a vinyl record store.

Tony has an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of Gloucestershire and holds the post of Visiting Professor in the music and business schools of the University of Newcastle-on-Tyne.

In March 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Music Week Strat award for outstanding contribution to the UK music industry and in 2009 was awarded the Scott Piering Award by the Radio Academy to recognise outstanding contribution to music radio.

In June 2011, he was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to the UK music industry.

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