Chrissy Kinsella: Chief Executive
Chrissy studied singing at Trinity College of Music, graduating with First Class Honours, and joined the London Music Fund in 2012 with twelve years’ experience in arts and charity management. A passionate supporter of music education, her career has included working for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Morley College, the London Schools’ Symphony Orchestra, the Centre for Young Musicians and their sister charity, the Foundation for Young Musicians.
Chrissy is committed to professional development and took part in the Clore Leadership Programme’s acclaimed intenstive two-week residential course in November 2014. She is studying part time for a Masters in Music Education at the Insitute of Education (UCL) from October 2018.
Initially working with the Fund as Head of Programmes, Chrissy developed the programmes in partnership with London’s Music Hubs, schools and professional arts organisations, working to deliver all music education activities across the Capital.
Promoted to the position of Chief Executive in January 2016, she now has overall responsibility for the strategic, financial, musical and educational development of the organisation.
Outside work Chrissy enjoys life as a soprano, regularly depping across London with a number of professional choirs. She is a Trustee of the Henry Wood Accomodation Trust which offers support with living and housing costs to young musicians at the four London Conservatoires. She is also a keen but (very) amateur violinist, tap dancer and yogi, and was once, briefly, a Guiness World Record Holder on the ukulele.
Georgina Skinner: Programmes Manager
Georgina graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Performing Arts from Anglia Ruskin University, and then went on complete an MPhil in Arts, Creativity, Education and Culture at the University of Cambridge. During her Master's degree Georgina conducted a large-scale research project comparing the national arts curricula of England and Australia. Whilst at Cambridge she also held a choral scholarship with Emmanuel College Chapel Choir and took part in as many musicals and Gilbert & Sullivan operettas as possible.
Before starting at the London Music Fund in September 2017 Georgina worked as a project coordinator and singing teacher at Cambridgeshire Music. She coordinated the highly successful ‘SingFest’ project in partnership with the English Pocket Opera Company and engaged thousands of children in singing during her two years working on the project. Alongside this she widened the project's reach to rural fenland schools as well as an area special school, achievements which she is very proud of.
In her free time she enjoys the occasional professional singing opportunity, taking part in musical theatre productions, walking dogs, reading in coffee shops and singing very high notes!
Annie Cartwright: Music Education Consultant
Annie has had a wide and varied career as a teacher, performer, workshop leader, Ofsted inspector and consultant. In 1999, Annie set up the Hackney Music Service and remained as the Head of Service until her retirement in 2011. She works with the London Music Fund to monitor and evaluate all aspects of the Scholarship and Partnership programmes, liaising with music services and ensuring strong and developing relationships with all our delivery partners.
Tim Spires: Senior Policy Officer - Cultural Education and Music, Greater London Authority