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.
Jack is Vice-Chair of NYJO. He is an Associate Professor at Brunel University Business School, and his main interest is in complexity theory and its human dimensions.
Gordon is Honorary Treasurer of NYJO. A Chartered Accountant in public practice for forty years, Gordon took semi retirement in 2007 until NYJO entered his life at the end of 2008.
A life-long jazz fan, Gordon loves his involvement with NYJO which was born out of his advising the late Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine for many years.
Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Orphy lives in London and is an acclaimed soloist working across a variety of eclectic musical forms – including jazz, free jazz, free improvisation, jazz fusion and funk. Known primarily as a vibraphonist, he also plays saxophone, trumpet, drums, piano, marimba and steel pans.
Orphy is the Vice Chairman of Hackney Community College Alumni. He sits on the Board of Directors for the newly-reformed Jazz Warriors International and is a member of the Advisory Board for Participation and Learning at the famous Hackney Empire in East London. He also sits on the Board of Directors for The Vortex jazz venue.
Dr Cindy Sughrue OBE
Cindy Sughrue has worked at senior level within the cultural sector in the UK since 1990, with extensive knowledge of the performing arts, including an early career as a dancer. She was born in Boston, USA, and received a first class honours degree from Boston University before coming to the UK in 1985 as a Marshall Scholar to undertake her PhD in Dance.
In October 2015 she became Director of the Charles Dickens Museum in London. Prior to that she was Chief Executive & Executive Producer at Scottish Ballet for over 10 years. Previous posts include Chief Executive/Executive Producer of Scottish Ballet, Director of the Collective Gallery, General Manager of Dance Base (Scotland’s National Centre for Dance), and Head of Dance at the Scottish Arts Council. Dr Sughrue has served on the Boards of the audience development agency Culture Republic, Dance Base, and Scottish Ballet amongst others, and is a Governor of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a Trustee of the Dame Margot Fonteyn Scholarship Fund.
Linda’s legal career was preceded by 10 years in industry, in Business Marketing for a leading American Toy Company, a Computer giant and a German car manufacturer. Her bi-lingual skills – inherited from her Eastern/Central European parents – provided the springboard for exhibition stints abroad and across the UK within the Marketing sector. Her other business interests are generally more of a creative nature.
She joined the NYJO Board in 2006 having been introduced to jazz by her trumpet playing daughter, who was a regular player with the then NYJO2. Amongst other, more formal, responsibilities Linda deals with the LCCM weekly rehearsal attendance records, new registrations and encouragement of NYJO Academy musicians.
Ted was a NYJO band member on alto from 1968-1971. He’s been on the NYJO board as a trustee since 1989.
Ted’s professional career is in graphic design animation – after leaving Hornsey College of Art (now Middlesex University) he formed Klactoveesedstene Animations Ltd with Oscar Grillo in 1981 producing animated commercials, some with soundtracks by NYJO alumni Paul Hart, Dick Walter and Mike Page.
Ted also assists at the LCCM weekly rehearsals and has assembled a comprehensive video archive of various NYJO aggregations through the ages. Not only is this a unique record of the band’s development over the years – it is also a precious record of the changes in band members’ hairstyles through the ages.