CHIEF EXECUTIVE, SUSIE YORK SKINNER

Susie has two decades’ experience working in arts administration. Having begun her career in artist management, she subsequently spent nearly 10 years at Gabrieli Consort & Players, initially as Chief Executive and then as Director of Development. During her time at Gabrieli, Susie undertook a strategic organisational review, recruited a new staff team, refreshed board membership, developed important new relationships with concert promoters and delivered significant developments to the charity’s relationships with private, corporate and trust funders.

In 2019 Susie took up the position of Director of Development at the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, where she led several highly visible and successful fundraising campaigns during the Covid-19 lockdown, as well as a strategic review of the company’s Learning & Participation output and its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion practices.

Susie is delighted to be joining NYJO at this pivotal moment in the organisation’s development, leading the move to Woolwich Works and the continued expansion of both its professional work and Learning & Participation output.  

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 PRODUCER, PAUL 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 COORDINATOR, MARIANA CURADO

 Mariana 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 PARTICIPATION, 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.

DIGITAL LEARNING 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.

FINANCE MANAGER, KAREN LAWRENCE

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