Executive Chair: Nigel Tully
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 sponsors the NYJO flute chair 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 for Serious (producers of the London Jazz Festival), Help Musicians, and Travel for the Arts. She says “This is an incredibly exciting time to by joining NYJO. The energy and forward momentum of the organisation at the moment is infectious, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to our upcoming projects and getting to know all of the NYJO family and friends in the coming weeks and months”.
Development and Communications Coordinator: Anjelica Cleaver
Studying History at Durham University, Anjelica completed her dissertation in the socio-political context of Bebop and Free Jazz in the American civil rights movement. Having been heavily involved in both charity and music at university, sitting on the executive committee of the student charity committee and standing as President and then Musical Director of the African singing and drumming society, she joined NYJO in 2016.
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: Deborah Bankole
Deborah has recently joined NYJO’s fast growing education department as Learning & Participation Co-ordinator. After studying English Literature and Philosophy at University of Manchester, Deborah began her career in the arts, working at the University of Arts London and Hoxton Hall. A self-taught guitarist with a keen interest in youth development, Deborah will be a great addition to the team with a strong focus on the NYJO Academy and on regional participation projects.
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.
Concerts Manager: Anne Rigg
Anne had a 30 year career at the BBC in Birmingham, on R4 show ‘The Archers’, R2 and 3 Jazz programmes, ‘Big Band Special’, The Best of Jazz’ and BBC Jazz Awards, and then BBC R2 in London where she worked in the Specialist Music and Live Music Departments, on ‘BBC Proms In The Park’, ‘Friday Night Is Music Night’, Mark Lamarr’s God’s Jukebox’ and Terry Wogan . She then moved to Jazz Services as Touring, Recording and International Manager before coming to NYJO in 2015 as Concerts Manager. Anne says “It feels as though I’ve now come full circle, having started with the BBC Big Band and now working with such an amazing band of young musicians as we have at NYJO”. Anne also runs Right Tempo Agency.
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.”
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