Staff & Trustees

 Orchestras Live Staff

Chief Executive: Sarah Derbyshire MBE, FRSA 
Sarah leads the Orchestras Live team, providing strategic direction. She works closely with the Chair and Board of Orchestras Live to ensure the highest standards of governance for the organisation. Sarah represents the organisation externally at a national level within the orchestral sector and beyond. She works with the Senior Creative Producers and Communications Strategist to develop the profile of the organisation, and to anticipate and influence change within the orchestral sector. She aims to ensure that Orchestras Live can inspire and collaborate with partners so that communities across the country have access to world-class orchestral experiences that are relevant to them.

Senior Creative Producers: Stuart Bruce and Jan Ford
Stuart and Jan share a strategic national view of Orchestras Live’s creative activity. Between them they develop relationships with our project and promoter partners and orchestras to produce inspirational experiences of live orchestral music for audiences and participants in their diverse local areas. They both contribute to specialist strategic industry groups and give presentations about Orchestras Live’s work at conferences and events within the music and other related sectors. Stuart and Jan have acted as co-producers on a number of projects that have been nominated for and won awards; recent achievements include Fantastic for Families 2017 ‘Best Family Event’ award for the Lullaby Concerts, Finalist for ‘Outstanding Classical Music Education Initiative’ in the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence 2019 for The Wish, and winner of the ‘Audiences and Engagement’ award in the RPS Music Awards 2018 for Classically Yours.

Regional Producer – North: Becky West
Becky focuses on the development and co-ordination of Orchestras Live’s activity in the north of England, working closely with the Senior Creative Producers. Her work includes identifying potential new partners to build innovative, collaborative projects and events that engage new audiences and participants in experiences of live orchestral music.

General Manager: Nancy Buchanan
Nancy is responsible for managing the finance and governance of Orchestras Live to ensure that the organisation’s systems and operations are compliant and fit-for-purpose at all levels. She manages the infrastructure of the organisation (including HR, IT and premises) to enable the rest of the team to fulfil their roles as effectively as possible. She is a Chartered Governance Professional and also Company Secretary for Orchestras Live.

Funding Development Manager: Caroline Porter
Caroline is responsible for fundraising and income development for Orchestras Live, to support operational costs, activity-based strands of work and project-specific costs. She also collaborates with and advises partners in raising funds for co-produced projects and events. Caroline develops and maintains relationships with current and prospective funding partners and identifies new income generation opportunities for the organisation.

Communications Strategist: Jane Macpherson 
Jane develops the profile and brand of Orchestras Live within the sector and beyond, including website development, social media and press. She also works alongside the Production and Insight Coordinator to undertake that informs and supports the development of Orchestras Live’s audience-focused and audience-led activities.

Production and Insight Coordinator: Karys Orman
Karys supports all members of the Orchestras Live team and is responsible for the efficient administration behind all our creative projects. She works with the Senior Creative Producers and Regional Producer – North to co-ordinate project production and finance, and with the General Manager to monitor overall project budgets. Working alongside the Communications Strategist, Karys manages Orchestras Live’s communications platforms. She also assists the Chief Executive and Funding Development Manager in analysing data to inform future strategic planning.

Administration and Communications Assistant: Tom Foster
Tom supports the Production and Insight Coordinator through recording and maintaining project data and feedback within Orchestras Live’s systems. He assists in monitoring and analysing this data for internal reports and externally for Orchestras Live’s numerous stakeholders. Working with communications colleagues, he also helps to maintain and update the organisation’s communications platforms.


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Orchestras Live Trustees

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Kevin Appleby (Vice Chair)
Kevin Appleby has been Concert Hall Manager of Turner Sims Southampton since February 2000 and in 2013 was named Concert Hall Manager of the Year at the ABO/Rhinegold Awards. In this role he is artistic director of the venue’s annual 70-concert series encompassing classical music, jazz, world music and folk. Turner Sims is part of the University of Southampton and, as a member of University staff, Kevin sits on the Arts Strategy Group as well as the national University Centres for the Arts Network (UCAN). Kevin was appointed Chair of the British Association of Concert Halls in 2016. Previous posts have included five years as Director of the 17-day, 70-event Bury St Edmunds Festival in Suffolk, and ten years in orchestral management for the London Mozart Players and the Wren Orchestra. He joined the Board of Orchestras Live in 2010.

David Bray
David Bray is Director of Education at Learning Effectively Ltd. He has held an extensive series of roles in the education sector and was the County Music Adviser for Northamptonshire for ten years. He is an award-winning conductor, worked as a trumpet player (specialising in the performance of early and contemporary music), a composer and is the author of several books and publications.

Catrin Griffiths
Catrin is Editor of The Lawyer, the leading news, insight and data business for the commercial legal sector. From 2015 Catrin led the digital transformation of The Lawyer through premium content and global coverage. She is a regular speaker, panellist and chair at legal, business and diversity conferences and is also patron of the newly-launched BAME & Allies diversity network, which aims to support BAME professionals in the law. Outside work she plays clarinet and saxophone and runs a choir in Highbury, north London.

Matt Littlewood
Matt is a director of Barclays investment bank and has over 15 years experience of advising companies and investors in the consumer and services sectors, most of which was at Merrill Lynch. He has served as both an executive and a non-executive director of various SME’s and has mentored businesses under the government-backed startupdirect programme. Matt is a keen jazz saxophonist and in his younger years played in the CYJO, CYO and TYJO. He lives with his family in Hertfordshire.

Neil Mathur
Neil Mathur has a passion for a variety of musical styles.  He is an experienced Management Consultant with Ernst & Young and has over 10 years experience of advising clients on performance improvement and risk management initiatives.  Neil is a Chartered Accountant, and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Rebecca Saunders
Rebecca is a keen amateur violinist and is leader of Orchestra of the City. She joined the Board of Trustees in early 2017 and has previously supported the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain and Pembroke Academy of Music in non-executive roles. Rebecca’s career spans strategy, finance and retail, and she works as an independent retail and ecommerce consultant. Rebecca holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Tony Stoller, CBE (Chair)
Tony is a highly experienced strategic leader in the third sector.  He chaired the Joseph Rowntree Foundation from 2011 to 2017. In his executive career, Tony Stoller was a broadcasting regulator and a senior retailer. He was Chief Executive of the Radio Authority from 1995 until it was succeeded by Ofcom at the end of 2003, where he helped establish the new regulator. Prior to that he had been a Principal Director of the John Lewis Partnership, and Managing Director of Tyrrell and Green department store after an early career in local radio. 

Tony was awarded a CBE for services to broadcasting in 2004 and completed a PhD in 2015. As a media historian nowadays, he is Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Media and Communications at Bournemouth University, and his latest book on the history of classical music radio in the UK was published by Palgrave Macmillan last year and illustrates his lasting love of classical music.
Dan Watson
Dan Watson is an independent communications consultant. After editorial jobs for a publishing firm he moved to in-house communications roles at University College London and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Dan played double bass in the NYO and attended the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He continues to play with amateur orchestras in London when time permits. Dan lives in East London.
Jane Williams
Jane Williams is an arts manager and consultant, and has held senior management positions with English National Opera, the London Sinfonietta and publisher Music Sales. She has significant experience in contemporary classical music and has worked closely with many of today’s leading composers. Her current projects include programming the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s instrumental Masters in Orchestral Artistry, working with the London Symphony Orchestra. Jane is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of Spitalfields Music’s programme advisory group, and a keen chamber musician.
Simone Willis
Simone is a Systematic Reviewer for Cardiff University in the area of health and social care. She is also an MPhil/PhD candidate at Cardiff Metropolitan University, researching musicians’ well-being. Her research interests include performance psychology, stress, and well-being, and she is particularly interested in developing strategies that will enhance musicians’ well-being. Simone previously taught violin, flute and fife for South Gloucestershire Music Hub and has taught for a number of schools in Wales and the South West. She is a keen orchestral and chamber musician.