Board of Trustees

Sir Vernon Ellis
Chair
Sir Vernon is a major supporter of the arts in roles that include the President of English National Opera, Chair of the National Opera Studio, the Britten-Pears Foundation, the Leeds International Piano Competition and as a trustee of the Royal Philharmonic Society and London Music Masters. From 2010 until 2016 he was the Chair of the British Counc… more »
Ms. Kate Buchanan
Trustee
Kate retired as Head of Creative & Professional Practice at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, in 2018, where she managed a wide-ranging programme of vocational and specialist training. Kate trained in music and musical performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Goldsmiths College, University of London. She taught fo… more »
Dr. Peter Freedman (SW entry)
Trustee
Dr Peter Freedman is a retired consultant physician and endocrinologist. He became informally involved with LMN following an introduction by long-standing supporter Jennifer Coombes. Working closely with the staff team and external academics, he managed an LMN conference at the Royal Society of Medicine in November 2015. Following the success of… more »
Mrs. Alexandra Holford
Trustee
Alex Holford joined the LMN board in May 2017, following the retirement of long-standing board member Jane Scrope and shares responsibility for the Yorkshire/Lincolnshire committee with Lady Charlotte Tyrwhitt. Alex was High Sheriff of North Yorkshire in 2011/12. She has been a committee member for Yorkshire for Live Music Now since 1999… more »
Colleen Keck
Trustee
Colleen Keck is a lawyer, and spent more than 25 years in the City as a partner at international law firm Allen & Overy LLP, where she headed the transactional IP and Life Sciences practices. Currently, she also is deputy chair of the Copyright Tribunal and holds a number of non-executive directorships in the public and private sector. more »
Mrs. Caroline Llewellyn
Trustee
Caroline Llewellyn joined the LMN board in March 2018 but has been involved with LMN since 2004 as a member of the South West committee. Caroline was educated at Queens Gate and St. Mary’s Wantage. She went to Art School in Florence, and after returning to London she qualified and worked as a primary school teacher until moving to Leicestershire… more »
Mr. Gavin McEwan
Trustee
Gavin is a Partner at law firm Turcan Connell working principally in the fields of charity law, succession, trusts, tax and asset protection. He is the Head of Turcan Connell's Charities Team, a member of the firm's Charity Unit and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in charity law. He is a member of the Charity Law Reform… more »
Mr. Simon Millward
Trustee
Simon is a director of Premier PR, the UK’s leading communications agency devoted to entertainment, culture and the arts. Simon joined Premier PR in November 2018 when it acquired Albion Media the company founded and owned by Simon. Current clients include Marin Alsop, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, C… more »
Maz O'Connor
Trustee
Maz O'Connor is a musician and composer originally from Cumbria. She has released 3 albums, performed at festivals including Glastonbury, WOMAD and The Cambridge Folk Festival, and toured nationally and internationally. She began working for Live Music Now as a musician in 2014 and found it to be transformative to her own artistic practice, so is… more »
Professor Adam Ockelford
Trustee
Professor Adam Ockelford is Director of the Applied Music Research Centre at the University of Roehampton in London. He has worked all his professional life as an active musician, researcher, writer and speaker, advocating the potentially transformative power of music for disadvantaged groups in society, whether through disability or social depriva… more »
Mrs. Amanda Platt
Trustee
Amanda Platt has been a trustee for LMN, representing the North East, since 2007. Her principal interests are music, fashion and gardening. Educated at the Royal College of Music and, being half French she also studied with Vlado Perlmuter in Paris. Amanda is a widely respected fashion consultant and has been involved in a number of fashion-relate… more »
Norma Sinte
Trustee
Norma joined the Board of Live Music Now in June 2020 following the retirement of Lady Sandra Fell and she also takes over Lady Fell’s position as Chair of the Northern Ireland Committee. Norma retired from Queen’s University Belfast in 2019 where she was Director of Development and Alumni Relations. She joined Queen’s in 2000 as Head of Cor… more »
Mr. David Todd
Trustee
After graduating from Aberdeen University David began a career in Arts Management. He worked for the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, was Concerts Manager of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and became General Manager of The Queen’s Hall before moving to London to manage The Academy of Ancient Music. He was then Theatre Manager of the King’s and Fe… more »
Lady Charlotte Tyrwhitt
Trustee
Charlotte Tyrwhitt lives in Lincolnshire and has been involved with Live Music Now for over 20 years. She is Co-Chairman of the Yorkshire/Lincolnshire Region, joining the Board in May 2017 following the retirement of long-standing board member Jane Scrope. Charlotte has served on many charity committees including The Elizabeth Finn and Macmil… more »