The job of our Trustees is essential and significant. They’re responsible for making sure we fulfil our charitable purpose and obligations, guiding our strategy, helping with our fundraising and overseeing our finances. They’re all specialists in their respective fields, which gives us a range of expertise to call upon at board level. They volunteer their time because they’re passionate about what we do and they love music.
Andy Parfitt (Chair)
Andy’s years of experience in the music industry mean he knows just how music can change young lives. He’s a former Controller of Popular Music at the BBC, and he’s well-known for the regeneration of Radio 1 in the early 2000s. He’s now a consultant for major media brands including music video platform Vevo.
Adé’s our brand genius. Until recently he was in charge of the Coca-Cola portfolio at the ad agency Zone. And right now he’s part of the Clore Senior Leadership programme at the BBC. He’s passionate about putting young people’s voices at the centre of everything we do.
Rachel’s our education specialist. She’s currently Head of Education at Bloomsbury Publishing, and has extensive experience in education and music publishing. Rachel’s also a talented singer who’s performed at Glastonbury Festival, Westminster Abbey, and with legendary a cappella group the Swingle Singers.
Chris is Head of Music at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. So he knows all about the music young people love. He’s an expert on streaming technologies (just talk to him about Justin Bieber’s unexpected success!)
Clive is our legal brain, keeping an eagle eye on contracts, policies and standards. A vital task when we’re investing in over 350 different organisations each year. Clive claims to have once been a ‘half decent’ clarinet player and a ‘very bad’ saxophonist. He's a huge jazz fan and is also a member of the NYJO board.
Richard’s our PR guru and runs his own agency, RPPR. He understands the importance of getting the word out about what we do. And he’s got the strategy and experience to make it happen. He’s also a fine drummer.
Sean is a composer, performer and creative producer. And he knows all about music education. He’s Director of Creative Learning at London’s Barbican Centre and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Lots of his work uses music to create shared understanding between people from different cultural backgrounds.
Tim’s our money man. He’s a Chartered Accountant and he chairs our Finance and Audit Committee. He makes sure that money from our supporters is spent where it’s needed most. Tim’s a huge fan of heavy metal – you’ll see him down the front at Kiss gigs.
Constance is an expert on community development. She was responsible for the London 2012 Ambassadors programme, encouraging 8,000 volunteers to provide a friendly welcome for visitors to the Olympic Games. And now she works at Nesta’s Centre for Challenge Prizes, investing in innovation nationwide.
Rafi’s got a flair for logistics. As Head of Touring at music management agency Harrison Parrott, he organises complex international tours for world-famous musicians, groups and orchestras.