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.
Colin became a trustee of City of London Sinfonia after a career in the City and a spell on the Board of the Civil Aviation Authority. He has always enjoyed music, particularly the Romantics and is a keen Wagnerian. Colin is also a Trustee of The Schubert Ensemble and finds many parallels between the functioning of a quintet and an orchestra. Since becoming involved with CLS, he has been stunned by the enthusiasm and versatility of the players, both individually and the Orchestra as a whole.
Air Chief Marshal The Lord Stirrup GCB AFC
Commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1970, Jock Stirrup served initially as a pilot instructor and in fighter reconnaissance, which included service with the Omani and US Air Forces.
In the 1980s he commanded No 2 (AC) Squadron in Germany. Later, at the time of the first Gulf War, he commanded RAF Marham in Norfolk.
After attending the Royal College of Defence Studies and the Higher Command and Staff Course, he served in several senior roles before being appointed Assistant Chief of the Air Staff. In 2000 he became Deputy Commander in Chief Royal Air Force Strike Command.
Immediately following 9/11 he commanded the British element of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. After a tour as Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff for Equipment he became Chief of the Air Staff, and subsequently Chief of the Defence Staff.
As a life peer he is particularly involved in defence, security, foreign relations and the arts. Married with one son, he enjoys history, music and the theatre.
"As music has always been a very important part of my life, I am naturally delighted to be a part of City of London Sinfonia, and to have the chance to contribute to its outstanding work in bringing music to the widest possible audience."
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.
Michael was City of London Sinfonia Chairman between 1996-2010 and now chairs the Governors' Circle. After an early career in manufacturing industry he was a founding director of leading executive search firm Odgers and chaired the prominent global search group IIC Partners.
"As a trustee of the Richard Hickox Foundation I am delighted that the warm family spirit and artistic excellence that Richard inspired is so vibrant under the City of London Sinfonia's exciting new artistic leadership. The Orchestra's wonderful musicians have played a key role during a remarkable period of transition that bodes well for the future"