Board of Directors
John has always mixed music with his former day job as a partner and European Chairman of Advent International, a leading international private equity fund, combining his previous experience in merchant banking, strategic consulting worldwide with McKinsey, and carrying out turnarounds of quoted companies. His interest in music started with accompanying his mezzo-soprano mother; he then studied the French horn, and he still plays the piano, as well as the harpsichord which he built himself.
"As an honorary fellow of my old College, Trinity, Oxford, I really value the extension of our extended CLS family philosophy into educational institutes at all ages and stages inside and outside the UK. Music is for sharing and discovering."
Richard has spent a career in journalism, government, advertising and investment banking. He is a marketing and corporate communications consultant, advising mainly financial services firms, including Holbein Partners LLP, a family office. He is also a trustee of the Forum for European Philosophy.
“It is a privilege and a pleasure to be a part of the CLS 'family'. What could be more uplifting than experiencing the sheer joy created by such gifted and committed musicians, whether in the concert hall, the opera house or among people, young and old, in schools, hospitals and care homes."
Sally Davis, MA, practised as a Barrister before becoming a senior policy advisor to the Minister of Justice. She advised the Official Solicitor and led the introduction of a new section of legislation into Parliament. She also voluntarily served for 15 years on the NHS Research Ethics Committee as well as contributing to the running of several charities with the emphasis on music, dance and learning disability. Her work is now mostly focused on building relationships to raise money and deliver music to all ages and backgrounds. She would like to complete her PhD as a research student with Kings College London.
Teruko Iwanaga spent four and a half years of her childhood in the UK and fell in love with the country. After graduating from the University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo, she returned to the UK and helped to set up Rikkyo School in England, the first ever school for Japanese children in Europe.
In 1973, she joined HTS Management Holdings Limited and started the Euro-Japanese Exchange Foundation (now EJEF), a British organisation teaching English and Japanese languages to ministry officials and business people.
In 1985 Teruko was appointed as Appeal Organiser for the British Museum Japanese Gallery Appeal and, with the help of many Japanese industrialists, she succeeded in raising £5 million enabling the Japanese Gallery to open in 1990. She was awarded the OBE for this achievement.
She has been a board member of CLS since 2001 and thoroughly enjoys mixing with excellent, inspiring and enthusiastic CLS players. She is eagerly awaiting a chance for CLS to make its début in Japan.
Joanna is a private banker at Citi where she has worked for 12 years. In her spare time Joanna plays the piano, violin and viola. She has been a member of EC4, an amateur orchestra based in the city. Joanna also sings soprano and has managed to combine work and pleasure in the Citi choir!
Alan is Co-Founder and Chairman of MMC Ventures (an equity investor in growth companies), a non-executive director of AXA Investment Managers and a director of several other financial service related companies.
Outside financial services he is a Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, and he is a long time supporter of education and arts endeavours. He is delighted to be involved with and to make a contribution to such a high quality community as City of London Sinfonia.
Sarah’s background is in international economics and political economy, leading her to a career in finance as a swaps trader with Chase Investment Bank in London. Sarah is passionate about education: she is on the Board of Regents for Georgetown University and on Georgetown's Walsh School of Foreign Service Board of Visitors. She is also interested in education for children, a huge part of CLS’s work, and is an advocate of music’s power to transform life and transcend barriers.
Patricia spent 12 years in the City as an investment banker at Bank of Montreal and then Swiss Bank Corporation, using her bilingual skills with Francophone corporate and institutional clients, before turning to education. After gaining her PGCE Secondary French and Hornsby Diploma she spent 16 years in teaching and special educational needs, including 10 years at The Hall School, Hampstead. She is a trustee of the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival, which brings internationally acclaimed chamber performers to local audiences. She is also a trustee of Westminster Opera Company, which nurtures young emerging opera artists and stages annual productions. Patricia is a member of a fundraising committee of the English Touring Opera which is devoted to taking opera into schools in deprived urban areas and she is on the music steering group of the charity, Stop MS. Patricia chairs the Friends of Westminster School Parents’ Committee and she is a member of the Westminster School Community Choir. She believes strongly in the educational power of music and opera and has a keen interest in spreading music across diverse communities and boundaries and in attracting younger audiences.
William has had a 30-year career in the City, spanning Law (with Freshfields), Banking (NM Rothschild) and more recently Insurance (Catlin). He chairs two Charitable Trusts which have a particular focus on education, music and help for the disadvantaged - areas he believes CLS addresses so well through its Meet the Music programme. William is a keen music lover and lapsed French horn player.
A trained pianist and former cathedral chorister and scholar in his native Cardiff, Paul Cutts spent almost two decades as a cultural journalist, publisher, editor, commentator and critic. In 2008 Paul became the NESTA fellow in creative economy on the Clore Leadership Programme. He was Chief Executive of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group from 2009, where he ran a network of 24 cultural and learning organisations in London’s South Kensington (Britain’s most popular cultural destination); Chief Executive of the National Funding Scheme (a digital philanthropy charity) from 2013 to late 2014, and Global Managing Director of Decorative Arts at Christie’s (the world’s leading auction house) until 2019. He is now Chief Operating Officer of The Building Centre, the UK's hub for architecture and the built environment.
Julian Schild joined Morgan Grenfell after leaving Oxford University in 1981 where he read modern history. In 1983, he moved to Coopers & Lybrand, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1986.
Julian joined Huntleigh Technology PLC in 1987, being promoted to Group Finance Director later that year. Huntleigh Technology was one of the largest UK based quoted medical equipment manufacturers with a turnover in 2006 of £225m. It had subsidiaries in 20 countries and production facilities on four continents. In 2003, he was appointed Chairman and headed the Nominations Committee, as well as attending the Remuneration and Audit Committees. Following the sale of Huntleigh in 2007, Julian has been involved in the creation of several new companies, one of which gained the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2013.
In 2007, he was appointed an Advisory Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford and is also a member of the Finance and Planning Committee. Julian was appointed Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of Telecom Plus PLC in 2011, chairs the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Audit and Nominations Committees.
Julian is an active supporter of many charitable activities. He has been connected with St John’s Hospice in London since 1997 and continues to be involved in fundraising for both the Hospice and the Hospital. He was appointed to the Board of the Hospital of St John and Elizabeth in early 2008 and chairs the Finance and Audit Committee.