Chair of Trustees
Stuart Barr is a conductor and producer, working with solo artistes and orchestras internationally. He was musical director to Dame Shirley Bassey from 2009-15, and has worked with orchestras worldwide including the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestras, and artists as diverse as Alfie Boe, Andrea Bocelli and Paloma Faith. He teaches at the Royal Academy of Music, and has judged on Choir of the Year for a decade, where he first met LYC’s Artistic Director Rachel Staunton. He is also a former President of the British Voice Association.
Leslie East was, until December 2014, Chief Executive of ABRSM and previously held the post of Executive Director and Publishing Director for the exam board. Between 1987 and 1998 he was Director of Publishing of Novello and Co. Ltd and before that had been Director of Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is currently Chair of the Trustees of The Association of British Choral Directors and Chairman of City Music Society. He is a Pastmaster of The Musicians’ Company and acts as consultant to two music publishers. He was appointed an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s honours list for services to musicians and music education.
Trevor Ford’s wide experience in both the performing and administrative areas of the music profession has made him a much sought-after member of professional bodies and committees. He has served four terms as the elected Treasurer of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and he was, for three years, a member of the board of directors of the Association of British Orchestras. He has also served as a member of the Council of the Royal College of Organists. Trevor has recently completed terms as Vice-chairman of Council of the Royal School of Church Music and as Chairman of the London Area committee. He is currently Chairman of Scratch Concerts Limited, promoters of the annual Youth Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall. Trevor also runs an accountancy practice which handles the tax affairs of more than three hundred freelance musicians. He lectures on finance and careers guidance at music colleges throughout the UK, and is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Michael Llewelyn-Jones is a career banker, most recently a UK Vice Chairman at Citibank where he spent 25 years. In 2015-16 he was the Master of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers, City livery company. He is now a banking consultant and a Visiting Professor at the London Institute of Banking and Finance. He is a keen supporter of music and was previously Chairman of the Orchestra of St John’s.
Karen Walton is a criminal barrister, specialising in serious crime. She has particular expertise in sexual crimes and crimes against children. She lectured at City University in Crime, Evidence and Advocacy and was an accredited advocacy trainer. She is a pupil superviser and has a particular interest in diversity issues at the Bar. Before becoming a barrister, Karen worked for the Home Office, Shelter/The Industrial Society on projects focussing on homelessness and domestic violence. She had a period managing Women’s Aid refuges and promoted the rights of the child within the refuges. She has been the chair of Kingsway Nursery when her two daughters were nursery age. They are now well into their secondary education.