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 BUSINESS 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 DEVELOPMENT, MAGDALENA ZIARKO
Magdalena has worked in fundraising and business development for over 15 years in the cultural sector in Canada and the UK and brings a range of experience from a number of consultancy and senior fundraising roles. She is looking forward to supporting NYJO’s ambition to provide opportunities and realise the potential of young musicians across the spectrum. Magdalena trained as a classical singer but moonlights in jazz with her jazz musician stepfather when time allows.
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 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. Chris is currently on paternity leave and will return in February 2022.
HEAD OF LEARNING AND PARTICIPATION, VIKKI MOORHOUSE
Vikki Moorhouse is a versatile and committed arts leader with a strong track record in developing multi-stakeholder projects to create opportunities for engagement in the arts, especially for people and communities who experience barriers and challenges to engagement. Vikki comes to NYJO from Watermans Arts Centre where she worked as Head of Participative Arts. Vikki recently managed arts and wellbeing projects for Brixton House Theatre and Rosetta Life and has several years’ experience of directing, teaching and developing participative theatre projects in South Africa.
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.
LEARNING & PARTICIPATION COORDINATOR, BETH ISAMY
Beth is an experienced arts administrator, with a background in supporting young people to engage with arts venues in their local communities and ensuring that they always feel welcome and encouraged in these spaces. Beth joins NYJO from Trinity Laban’s Learning & Participation team, where she focused on projects working with children and young people across Greenwich, Lewisham, Lambeth, and Southwark. Through this work, she supported young musicians from the area to access high-quality music education whatever their background or experience.
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.
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.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, MARK ARMSTRONG
Mark studied at Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London. Re-appointed as the Artistic and Music Director for NYJO in 2012, Mark had taken the rehearsals and written for the band for many years – before that Mark was a member of the NYJO’s trumpet section.
As a composer and arranger he has written extensively for big band and is a former winner of the BBC Big Band Competition arranging prize. Additionally, he composes and arranges for a variety of forces from small jazz ensemble to full orchestra and many of his works have been recorded by NYJO.
As a performer, he was nominated in the best trumpet category of the 2007 Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards and he performs regularly with the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra and in small groups. Mark is Jazz Professor at the Royal College of Music in London and works as a moderator, trainer and examiner for the ABRSM.
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.
FINANCE MANAGER, KAREN LAWRENCE
Karen recently joined NYJO in the summer 2019 coming from a strong finance background.