NYJO Staff

Head of Professional Development: Winston Rollins


A past-member of NYJO, Winston has most recently held the position as Deputy Music Director. His background is steeped in music having been in bands such as The Brand New Heavies, Incognito, Aswad, Jamiroquai, Courtney Pine. Currently he is a member of Jool Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, since 1994 he has been one of four trombonists in the Brass section of the Orchestra.

He has his own studio, RedRoom Studios, in Chiswick, West London, and has produced albums himself. His talents extend thus as a musician (trombonist firstly but also keyboards and bass), songwriter, producer, arranger not to mention a unique personality and presence on stage.







Creative ProducerPaul Lewis


Paul has spent over a decade working with independent labels and artists, producing tours and events across a variety of genres- jazz, improv, noise, post-punk, metal. Contact Paul for information on booking a NYJO ensemble.









Production Coordinator: Liam Kirkman


Liam has been a professional trombonist for 25 years and worked with the likes of Kenny Wheeler, Peter Erskine, Radiohead and Lady Gaga. In recent years he has moved into musical management and logistics coordinating with artists such as Eric Clapton and Will Young. Liam’s role is primarily taking care of the day to day running of the new NYJO Jazz Exchange.





Head of Development: Debbie Forwood


Debbie trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a saxophonist, and began her career as a performer and educator before working in production for Serious (producers of the London Jazz Festival), grant-giving at Help Musicians UK, and musical tour-management at Travel for the Arts. She manages all aspects of fundraising within NYJO.







Head of Communications: Chris Moody


With over 10 years of experience across music and education, Chris is primed to push NYJO forward in both its professional develop and learning & participations programmes. Being NYJO’s first Head of Communications since its inception, we’re excited by all of the possibilities this role will allow us to explore.


Development and Communications CoordinatorMariana Curado


StaffMariana joined NYJO in September 2019 after a year and a half working in Development at the Museum of London. Before then, she has worked in several charities since moving to London in 2016. Mariana manages the NYJO Friends’ Scheme; get in touch to sign up.









Head of Learning and ParticipationClaire Furlong


Claire has over ten years’ experience in the jazz sector. Alongside a jazz performance degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, she has experience as a booking agent for some of the UK’s most exciting jazz artists.  Prior to joining NYJO in 2015, Claire was responsible for delivering Serious’ Learning & Participation programme, including large-scale participatory projects for London 2012 and the annual London Jazz Festival. Claire is passionate about inspiring a love of jazz in young people, and helping young musicians to reach their potential.






Learning and Participation Projects Manager: Cameron Reynolds


Cameron is a prominent musician, educator and producer. He joins NYJO’s expanding Learning and Participation team, heading up regional projects and growing our national jazz educational reach. If you would like to work with NYJO on a regional education programme or workshop, please get in touch with Cameron.

Learning and Participation CoordinatorNicole Vardon


Nicole looks after the Saturday NYJO Academy and works on many of our concerts, projects and events. Before joining NYJO, Nicole was responsible for managing concerts & recordings for the Roma Bridging Sounds Orchestra at Newham Music. She passionately believes that the arts should be all-encompassing whilst also allowing young people the space to explore more than what is set within the curriculum.







Finance ManagerKaren Lawrence


Karen recently joined NYJO in the summer 2019 coming from a strong finance background.










Executive ChairNigel Tully MBE

StaffNigel chairs the Board of Trustees and is also Chief Executive of NYJO. His band ‘The Dark Blues’, which he started while studying Physics at Oxford, has performed over 5,000 gigs nationally and internationally. He had a long business career with IBM and is a PastMaster of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and Chair of its Jazz Committee. Nigel lives on a farm in Hertfordshire with his wife Dr Deborah Cunningham, a consultant radiologist at Imperial Health care Trust. She is a NYJO chair sponsor and is a passionate lover of jazz.