Michael Berry (Acting Chair)
Michael is Managing Director and head of the London office of Pricoa Capital Group, the private lending unit of Prudential Insurance Company of America. He is a banker who since 1988 has specialised in leveraged and acquisition finance, leading the leveraged finance teams at Deutsche Bank, WestLB and Nomura. He has also worked as an adviser on banking transactions and financial restructurings, setting up Versatus Advisers in 2008 which he sold to Oriel Securities in 2011.
Michael is a passionate music–lover with a very wide spread of tastes. He is as likely to be found at a heavy metal concert as at the opera. He is a director and past chair of the Orion Orchestra, which exists to provide professional performing experience for recent music graduates and to help them on their way to musical careers. He also sits on the boards of Scottish Ballet, Quest for Education (which finances schools in Pakistan) and Genetic Disorders UK.
In August 2017 Jo was appointed Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, at Live Nation, having stepped down as CEO of UK Music, a post she had held for five years. Jo’s work at UK Music focused on lobbying Parliament, Government, MPs and policy makers on delivering policy in the best interests of the recorded, published and live music business.
Jo led a successful Judicial Review against BIS challenging the introduction of damaging new copyright legislation, successfully lobbied for changes in planning law at DCLG and helped see the passing of a Live Music Act. Jo launched an anti-piracy education campaign with Government (IPO) called Music Inc. and conducted the first industry-wide analysis of the economic contribution of British music to the UK economy, Measuring Music, as well as establishing a new economic report into live music and music tourism across every region of the UK called Wish You Were Here.
Previously, Jo worked at Downing Street, the Treasury, Trinity Mirror Plc and edited the “Dear Jo” column for the Daily Mirror. She helped re-launch the influential All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music, whose secretariat is now run by UK Music, and sits on the London Music Board.
Oliver Duff has more than 20 years of experience in leverage finance, with a strong track record of building relationships with syndicate desks, private equity firms and credit funds within the European markets. He joined PSP Investments in September 2016 as a Managing Director, Principal Debt and Credit Investments (Europe). In this capacity, Oliver’s mandate is to lead PSP Investments’ Private Debt efforts in Europe and complete the build out of London-based private debt investment professionals.
Prior to joining PSP Investments, Oliver was Global Head of Leveraged Finance (2009-2014) and European Head of Capital Financing (2014-2015) at HSBC Bank PLC. He had previously held roles as head of loan syndicate at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs and started his leverage finance career with Bankers Trust in London in 1994. Oliver is also a qualified accountant (ACA).
Since inception the Private Debt team in London have deployed over $1bn in Corporate, Private Equity and Fund opportunities for PSP in Europe.
Sally Greene OBE
Sally Greene is an entrepreneur in the entertainment and arts field. Her career began when she bought the lease of the Richmond Theatre from her father, Basil Greene, in 1986. She went on to restore several key London theatres. Her business portfolio now includes Greene Light Stage, Greene Light Films Ltd, world renowned Jazz Club Ronnie Scott’s and the London restaurant the Cheyne Walk Brasserie, as well as continued charitable involvement in the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End and The Old Vic.
David studied law at Trinity College Cambridge and worked in the City as a corporate lawyer for 34 years. He worked at Slaughter and May and Ashurst LLP, where he became an equity partner in 1986. He advised a wide range of UK and international corporate clients on takeovers, mergers, joint ventures, corporate finance and banking. He retired in 2010 and went back to university, studying for a Masters in Classical Civilisation at Birkbeck College, London University.
He is a keen amateur violinist and plays in two London orchestras, and music has always been a big part of his life. As well as being a trustee of the London Music Fund, he is past chair of the Trinity College Alumni Board and is Chairman of Trustees of the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind Pension Fund (better known as Sightsavers). He is a Freeman of the City of London Solicitors’ Company.
Richard practised as a solicitor with Farrer & Co. and as a corporate financier at S. G. Warburg & Co. Ltd. He joined Hodder and Stoughton Publishers, becoming joint Managing Director in 1989.
Richard has been a member of the Council of Kent Opera and co-founded Almaviva Opera. From 1993 to 2009 he was Chief Executive of ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music). He has served as Chair of the Music Education Council.
Richard is Chair of Governors at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and was a member of the Mayor’s Music Education Taskforce from 2010-2017. He also serves as a Governor of Kent Music, a Trustee of Music Preserved, an associate director of Magma Poetry and is on the development board of the Arvon Foundation. He is the author of slim volumes telling opera stories in verse form. In 2010 Richard achieved a diploma in leadership coaching and is active as a mentor and coach.
Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE
Chi-chi is Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of Chineke!, Europe’s first professional orchestra comprising Black and minority ethnic (BME) musicians. Chineke!’s mission is “championing change and celebrating diversity” and it seeks to redress the imbalance of the representation of BME musicians in British orchestras.
She is Principal Double Bass and a founder member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Professor of Double Bass Historical Studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was made a Fellow in 1998.
As a broadcaster Chi-chi presented BBC Radio 3 Requests for four years, was a Jury member for BBC 2 TV ‘Classical Star’ and regularly guests for BBC Proms Extra.
Chi-chi was awarded an OBE for services to Music in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday honours and in July 2016 was appointed as an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban Conservatoire in recognition of her “pioneering contribution to music, in particular the inspiration she provides, the commitment she has shown, and the contribution she has made to addressing inequalities within classical music in the UK, most recently through the Chineke! Foundation” She was recently named Black British Business Awards Person of the year 2016.
Chi-chi is a passionate advocate of the importance of music in everyone’s lives and is committed to teaching and sharing her love of music.
Marianne Scordel set up a consulting business for hedge fund managers in 2012 after a career in investment banking and as a regulator in the UK, spanning almost twenty years in total. Bougeville Consulting, which is the name of her company, won multiple awards from national and trade publications. Financial News voted Marianne one of the "40 under 40" rising stars in hedge fund management for three consecutive years (up until she turned 40 years old). She had worked for Nomura in London in the aftermath of the Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy and for Barclays Capital, also in London, where she held various roles including in government affairs and prime brokerage, where her mandate was to service the hedge fund industry.
Since the beginning of the financial crisis, Marianne has become heavily involved in the topic of ethics and finance. She has organised conferences at the House of Lords and chaired a working group at the CFA UK on this subject, which she feels passionate about. Nowadays, Marianne spends most of her time in New York, where she also serves on the board of a family foundation which supports the arts, worldwide. She is French by background, speaks five languages and is an Alumna of St. Antony's College, Oxford. From 2011 to 2017, she served on the finance committee of her former College, to provide assistance with the management of the College's endowment. She loves music and plays the flute.
Veronica Wadley CBE
Veronica is Chair of Arts Council, London and former Editor of the Evening Standard. Prior to that she was Deputy Editor of both The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail.
In 2010, she was appointed to the GLA’s Music Education Steering Group and worked under the chairmanship of Karen Brock, Head of Music Services in Tower Hamlets, to develop ideas about philanthropic giving to music education. She is co-founder, former Chairman and now trustee of the London Music Fund, formerly known as the Mayor’s Music Fund.
Veronica became a Governor of the Yehudi Menuhin School in 2012 and has previously served on several boards including Northern Ballet. She is a Member of the City of London Education Board and in 2018, was appointed to the Council of the Royal College of Music. Veronica is a lifelong supporter of the arts and chaired the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and Film Awards from 2002-2009.
She received a CBE in the 2018 Queen’s New Year Honours List for services to the arts.
Oonagh Barry has been Head of Hounslow Music since 2008. Oonagh is a violinist, and studied in Ireland and the Netherlands and played for a number of years before moving into education. She has working in classroom and instrumental settings, in both the state and private sectors. She is passionate about the power of music to transform young people’s lives.
Amy Lamé, Night Czar
Amy Lamé, originally from New Jersey, arrived in London in 1992. Her first job was in a late night café-bar on the edge of Soho. She is now London’s first Night Czar.
Amy has a long and successful track record as a leader and collaborator in the cultural and creative industries. She is co-founder of the Olivier Award winning arts company and club night Duckie, and has hosted the club every Saturday at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern for 21 years. She also DJs at various club nights across the capital.
Amy co-founded and is former chair of RVT Future, a voluntary LGBT+ community group campaigning to preserve the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern. She is at the very heart of the conversation about venues under threat of closure in London.
She served as Mayoress of Camden in 2010-2011, and spent her year highlighting the history and culture of live music and nightlife in the borough.
Amy is a familiar presence on TV, in print and on radio, especially to Londoners. She co-presented, alongside Danny Baker, for a decade on BBC London 94.9’s legendary SONY award winning shows.
Her debut book, From Prejudice to Pride: A History of the LGBT+ Movement – the UK's first LGBT+ history book for young people – was published by Hachette in May 2017.