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Who’s who at Bristol Beacon

Bristol Beacon employs over 60 members of staff across a range of activities from promoting a live music event or leading a workshop, to teaching a musical instrument or selling you a ticket.

Here you can find out more about us and the work we do at Bristol Beacon.

Contact Us

If you’d like to get in touch, please use our online contact form or phone our box office or reception numbers.

We don’t advertise our staff emails for security reasons. But we’re always happy to speak to our customers, audiences, partners and fellow music lovers.

Staff

Louise Mitchell CBE – Chief Executive Officer

Clare Jack – Chief Operating Officer

Nick Craney – Head of Operations

Siggy Patchitt – Head of Strategic Change

Beth Mackenzie – Executive Assistant to the CEO

Programming

Fran Hick – Programme Administrator

Liz Williamson – Programme Coordinator

Judith Furse – Programme Coordinator

Matt Aitken – Programme Producer

Owen Parry – Creative Producer, Industry

Todd Wills – Artistic Director

Creative Learning & Engagement

Adam Kent – Director of Creative Learning and Engagement

Chloe Hann – Schools Relationship Manager

Connie Badley – Community Engagement Officer

Elly Hughes – Whole Class and Progression Lead

Ebony Love – Music Projects Coordinator

Giulia Bianchini – Creative Producer

Helen Ince – Inclusion Projects Lead

Julia Roderick – Head of Community Engagement

Lucinda Bristow-Goldschmidt – Creative Producer

Lizzie Connell – Music Hub Manager

Laurie Stewart – Head of Creative Learning

Louisa Wood – Music Hub Administrator

Megan Arrowsmith – Music Hub Administrator

Rhian Cocker – Senior Ensembles and Choirs Coordinator

Richard Croughan – Primary Music Lead

Tom Campbell – Junior Ensembles Coordinator

Vivienne Sansum – Exam and Library Coordinator

Commercial

Aby Sheppard – Commercial Business Coordinator

Mica Enwright – Commercial Business Manager

Naomi Easy – Head of Commercial Business Development

Marketing & Communications

Andy Boreham – Head of Marketing

Beth Napier – Marketing Manager

Ciaran Austin – Marketing Campaigns Officer

Duncan Smith – Digital Marketing Manager

Eleanor Benson – Marketing and Communications Officer

Hilary Coleman – Marketing Manager

Kitty Rowe – Marketing Assistant

Sarah Robertson – Communications and Special Projects Director

Will Palmer – Marketing Coordinator

Development

Abby Cotton – Development Officer

Annabel Fitzsimons – Development Officer

Jessica Lowes – Development Manager

Kate Rowland – Development Consultant

Kate Smith – Development Manager

Rosa Corbishley – Development Director

Sarah Lazare – Philanthropy Manager

Box Office

Alison Shipp – Box Office Supervisor

Dougal Sisauri-Masters – Box Office Assistant

Jon Mills – Box Office Manager

Katy Wilkes – Box Office Manager

Olamide Ogunrinde – Box Office Assistant

Paris Holbrook – Box Office Assistant

Sam Bland – Box Office Coordinator

Production Office

Andrea Mahoney – Front of House Manager

Abbe Rodgers – Event Coordinator

Abi Ward – Production and Event Coordinator

Daniel Hart – Assistant Front of House Manager

Daniel Wood – Senior House Manager

Eliot Eaton-Brown – Assistant Front of House Manager

Ellie Holland – Technician

Fabiola Morales – Assistant Front of House Manager

Fiona Riches – Technician

Frazer Riches – Technical Services Manager

Jon  Fox – Senior Technician

Lauren Davies – Event Coordinator

Lauren Stone – Assistant Front of House Manager

Olive Noonan – Event Coordinator

Rory O’Gorman – Event Coordinator

Steffy Clements – Production and Events Manager

Sam Fox – Event Coordinator

Sam Lemon – Assistant Front of House Manager

Tim  Brown – Technician

Tom Palmer – Senior Technician

Tom Sworn – Senior Technician

Facilities

Bertie Fisher – Facilities Assistant

Claire Weston – Deputy Facilities Manager

Joe Allotey – Facilities Manager

Mushkan Gajafarkhan – Facilities Assistant

Raekwon De Cordova – Facilities Assistant

Romaine Smith – Facilities Assistant

Finance

James Bramwell – Finance Officer

Kate Bauman – Finance Assistant

Mai-Lan Vu – Finance Officer

Simon Carter – Management Accountant

Sophie Whitaker – Head of Finance

People

Alison Williams – People Manager

Emma Bennett – People Advisor

Mia Eagle – People Coordinator

 

Board of Trustees

Bristol Beacon is run by Bristol Music Trust and is a registered charity. We have a board of Trustees who oversee how our charity is run which is made up of a wide cross-section of local, regional and national people with a background in business, music, law, finance and education.

Chair – Jonathan Dimbleby

Jonathan is a prolific and esteemed British presenter of current affairs and political radio and television programmes, an author and historian. Jonathan’s broadcasting career, that spans over 50 years, has led him to become a household name with programmes including: Any Questions? (BBC) and his namesake political programme Jonathan Dimbleby (ITV). Jonathan has a passion for improving environmental sustainability and is an ardent supporter of charitable causes with previous president positions at Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), Soil Association and RSPB.

Vice Chair – Sandra Meadows MBE, FRSA

Sandra is an independent business and EDI consultant, facilitator, Coach and Director of The Centre for Mentoring & Coaching. A Bristol resident since 1989, she holds extensive experience in the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector and considerable senior management and Board level expertise.

Sandra was awarded an MBE in 2020 for services to the community of Bristol and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and member of the Chartered Management Institute. She maintains a strong interest in improving individual and organisational performance and increasing diversity in leadership.

Recognised as ‘Top 100 Women in Bristol’ 2019 and ‘Most Influential Women in Bristol’ 2022.

Vice Chair – Sonia Mills

Sonia spent her career in the NHS which included several CEO-level posts with NHS Oxfordshire, Swindon Marlborough NHS Trust and latterly CEO for North Bristol NHS Trust responsible for the development of the new Southmead Hospital. Sonia is chair of Bristol Music Trust Capital Fundraising Group and was previously a Governor at Colston Girls School and chaired the Board of Governors for UWE.

Chris Seaton

Chris is the Senior Partner of the UK law firm Burges Salmon LLP, with its headquarters in Bristol. Chris joined Burges Salmon in 1991 as a trainee and has worked and lived in the Bristol region for the last 35 years. Chris is an employment law specialist and chairs Burges Salmon’s Strategic Board.

Chris is a member of the Bristol Music Trust Capital Fundraising Group, is a trustee of Bristol Future Talent Partnership and Chairs the Wells Cathedral Choir Association, having been a boy chorister at Wells Cathedral.

Prior to joining Burges Salmon, Chris spent 11 years as an officer in the Royal Navy.

Craig Gentle

Craig is the Chief Financial Officer at St. James’s Place Wealth Management since January 2018. Craig joined St. James’s Place in 2016 as Chief Risk Officer and prior to this he spent 22 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, 12 of which were as a Partner. During his time at PwC, Craig held a number of roles, including as a Senior Audit Partner. Craig qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1993.

Katharine Finn

Katharine is a Partner at PwC with over 30 years specialising in financial audits at the firm. She is currently the deputy chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and the Bristol City Chair for TheCityUK. She is also a member of the Society of Merchant Venturers and sits on their education committee and a Trustee of Avon Wildlife Trust. She has previously been the Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for Responsible Business in the South West.

Louise Mitchell CBE (Bristol Music Trust)

Louise is the Chief Executive of Bristol Music Trust, the charitable trust that runs Bristol Beacon, and was appointed in 2011.

Previously, Louise was the first Director of Glasgow UNESCO City of Music, a position taken after being at the head of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for 13 years where she spearheaded the regeneration of two of Glasgow’s most revered venues: the City Halls and the Old Fruitmarket.

Louise is Chair of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, a Trustee of the Royal Philharmonic Society and the International Music and Performing Arts Charitable Trust (IMPACT) Scotland and a member of the South West Regional Arts Council.

In 2022 Louise was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in King Charles III’s first New Year’s Honours list in recognition of her services to the Arts in Bristol

Marti Burgess

Marti is a lawyer and Partner at Bevan Brittan, owner of Lakota nightclub, and member of The Society of Merchant Venturers. Marti sits on the board of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and the Bristol City Council’s Economy Board where she represents Bristol@Night. She is the chair of the Black South West Network; a black-led racial justice charity.

Sandeep Katwala

Sandeep spent his professional career as a lawyer at Linklaters LLP advising clients on their cross-border investments and also was part of the firm’s Global Executive Committee with management responsibility for the EEMEA and India region. More recently he has held a number of Board roles with not-for-profit organisations (including Great Ormond Street Childrens’ Hospital Charity, Octavia Housing, WaterAid) and is currently Chair at Depaul UK, a charity supporting the young homeless.

Tim Westwell

Tim is the Co-founder of Pukka Herbs, the organic and ethically traded herbal tea and supplements organisation. In 2001 Tim and business partner Sebastian Pole began making organic herbal teas with a unifying desire to contribute to a more positive world. Over 18 years Pukka herbs developed into a multi-million pound business supplying to 40 countries while keeping conservation through commerce at its core.

Governance Committees

Audit & Risk Committee (ARRC)

Katharine Finn

Craig Gentle

Clare Jack (Bristol Beacon)

Sonia Mills

Louise Mitchell CBE (Bristol Beacon)

Creative Learning & Engagement Committee

Sylvie Campen (Arts Council England, observer)

Lloyd Coleman

Tanya Lacey

Sophie Lewis

Sandra Meadows MBE

Louise Mitchell CBE (Bristol Beacon)

Suze Pole

Capital Fundraising Group

Rosa Corbishley (Bristol Beacon)

Jeff Durant

Ros Kennedy

Sonia Mills (Chair)

Clare Jack (Bristol Beacon)

Andrew Nisbet

Louise Mitchell CBE (Bristol Beacon)

Chris Seaton

Paul Whitehouse

Equality & Diversity Working Group

Sandra Meadows MBE

Siggy Patchitt (Bristol Beacon)

Sarah Robertson (Bristol Beacon)

Tim Westwell

Alison Williams (Bristol Beacon)

 

Safeguarding Committee

Giulia Bianchini (Bristol Beacon)

Lu Bristow (Bristol Beacon)

Elizabeth Connell (Bristol Beacon)

Adam Kent (Bristol Beacon)

Sandra Meadows MBE

Julia Roderick (Bristol Beacon)

Laurie Stewart (Bristol Beacon)

Daniel Wood (Bristol Beacon)

 

Associate Artists & Companies

Paraorchestra

Paraorchestra is the world’s only large-scale virtuoso ensemble of professional disabled and non-disabled musicians. They are led by Artistic Director Charles Hazlewood with a mission to redefine what an orchestra can be for the 21st century.

 

National Open Youth Orchestra

NOYO is the world’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra. They exist to give some of the UK’s most talented young disabled musicians a progression route into the music industry. Bristol Beacon is the South West regional training centre for NOYO.