Jenny Dibden Stevens (Chair) is an experienced Civil Servant currently working as Director of Funding Delivery in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities. She is also Head of the Government Social Research Service. Jenny volunteers with Music in the Round at events, and enjoys playing her cornet in a local brass band.
Prof Jane Ginsborg (Vice-Chair) is Associate Director of Research at the Royal Northern College of Music. She is a musician as well as a psychologist, and read music at the University of York and studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Following a successful career as a singer, she entered academia and has held numerous posts on editorial and research boards.
Sughra Begum DL is Programme Director of The ESL Academy, Joint Chair of the Cohesion Advisory Group in Sheffield, and Chair of the Tassibee organisation, a charity for isolated Asian women in Rotherham. She brings a wealth of experience having worked for over 35 years in Further Education and led Voluntary and Community Organisations in various leadership roles.
Jan Bonar CPFA is Head of Finance at Southbank Sinfonia @ St John’s Smith Square, and played a key strategic role in the merger of the two music charities, having been Finance Director of Southbank Sinfonia for several years. Chair of our Finance & Fundraising Committee, she also works as a charity finance consultant, and enjoys singing when work and family allow the time.
Ellen Gallagher is a solicitor-advocate and a Senior Associate at Hamlins LLP, with extensive experience of representing high-profile clients in the media and entertainment industries. Prior to qualification, Ellen worked for many years in the music sector; she trained as a classical violinist and other roles have included Head of Music Administration for English National Opera and as part of the team at Opera North.
Christopher Glynn is an acclaimed pianist and accompanist and has been Artistic Director of Ryedale Festival since 2010. He is also a Professor at the Royal College of Music, London. His work with Music in the Round includes numerous performances and a collaboration with our Singer-in-Residence Roderick Williams, on our inspirational Schubert in Schools project in 2018/19.
Prof Pat Kendall-Taylor is Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She has held Trustee positions with charitable organisations including the Snowdrop Project and was Founder of the Endocrine Research Fund. Pat is also an accomplished musician: she won a piano scholarship to the Royal College of Music, and is an active member of various music groups in Sheffield as a pianist and a bassoonist
Cara McAleese is an experienced producer and project manager specialising in arts & health and community arts work. She currently works as Arts and Health Project Manager with Doncaster Community Arts and as a freelance Creative Producer with South Yorkshire Housing Association. Previously she has worked at The Albany in Deptford, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Opera House.
Dr Sarah Price is a lecturer in Music Industries at the University of Liverpool. Sarah’s research focuses on qualitative investigation of audience experience, audience behaviour, patterns of attendance and the value of engagement in the arts as part of the Sheffield Performing Arts Research Centre. Her previous studies and PhD included research of Music in the Round’s audiences.
Mark Sutherland is an experienced Government Project Delivery Professional, having worked for the Department for Work and Pensions for nearly 20 years, and is currently a Civil Servant in the Cabinet Office. He has a passion for classical music and opera, is a trustee for Buxton International Festival, and has previously been Vice Chair of Classical Sheffield.
Chloe Wennersten is a Policy Manager in the Department of Health and Social Care. Prior to this she was Artist & Project Manager for Intermusica Artists’ Management and Head of Concerts & Planning for the Academy of Ancient Music. Other previous roles include concerts, festival and artist management at the London Handel Festival, IMG Artists and Ars Eloquentiae.