Executive Chair: Nigel Tully MBE
Nigel 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 became Executive Chair of NYJO in 2009 and led its subsequent transformation with Vice-Chair Jack Fallow, having been a Trustee since 2000. 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.
Development and Communications Manager: 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.
Development and Communications Coordinator: Danielle Robson
Danielle joined the NYJO team after 18 months working in Development and Events at the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Like most of our team, Danielle is a musician too; her main instrument is the clarinet and, whilst studying law at the University of Exeter, she was involved in a lot of the extra-curricular music societies including the Concert Band, Clarinet Choir and Big Band (for which she taught herself the saxophone so that she could join!). Danielle has taken over the management of the NYJO Friends scheme; please do get in touch with her to find out more about it or to sign up as a Friend.
Learning and Participation Manager: Claire 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 Coordinator: Nicole Vardon
As Learning & Participation Co-ordinator, 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, and before that was a theatre stage manager for a number of years. 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. Outside of NYJO, Nicole is the book-writer for ‘Healter Skelter’, the rock musical about Charles Manson and the hippy counterculture of the 1960s.
Orchestra Manager: Roger Wilson
Previously a musician and in most recent years an arts administrator and Orchestra Manager, Roger Wilson manages all operations and logistical concerns for the smooth running of NYJO.
Bookings Manager: Paul Lewis
Contact Paul for information on booking a NYJO ensemble. 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. Outside of his work with NYJO he likes to binge netflix and eat ice cream.
Finance Manager: Marlowe Russell
Marlowe worked in the voluntary and charity sectors and in policy development before running a company for 20 years. She is Treasurer and trustee of South London Botanical Institute, an educational science charity. Her background is in sociology and social anthropology, fine art, cultural criticism and fiction-writing. “Working in an arts organisation, especially a charity, suits me down to the ground. It’s been really exciting to be part of NYJO’s growth since I joined in 2011.”