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Meet the members of our board who bring experience of governance, leadership, finance, fundraising and law to the oversight of the orchestra.

Andrew Tusa


Following several years in his twenties as a professional singer, Andrew pursued a career in asset management and investment banking, most recently at Barclays where he was a senior adviser to UK listed companies. Alongside his career in financial services, he has served on the boards of the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra and, latterly, the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He read Music at New College, Oxford, is a keen violinist and has lived in East Anglia for the past 25 years.

Professor Helen Odell-Miller OBE


Helen is Professor Director and founder of the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy (CIMTR) at Anglia Ruskin University. She is also a governor of The Music Therapy Charity. She was instrumental to early development of the music therapy profession in the UK, leading international research, especially in the fields of adult mental health and dementia, and negotiated with the government, achieving professional recognition for music therapists in 1982. She has recently been involved in developing the Music and Dementia Strategy in the UK as part of a House of Lords commission. In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for her services to music therapy.

Mark Jeffries


Mark is a non-executive director of property and construction group, R G Carter Holdings Ltd, chair of the Council of Norwich University of the Arts, and chair of the Norwich Diocesan Board of Finance. Previous non-executive roles have included as chair of a twelve primary school multi-academy trust and as a director of the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Trust. He has a particular interest in the value of the arts in the context of economic development, having been a founder director of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, and in the role of music in early years education. Mark recently completed an MA in Art History at UEA.

Sreeja Nedungadi


Sreeja is an Education Consultant and supports young education charities in their journey from a start up to a growth phase. She is currently a consultant for Global School Leaders, a US based charity which collaborates with young organisations in the Global South and supports the training of school principals at low income schools. She is also a trustee of Muktangan Educational Trust. Sreeja holds an undergraduate degree in English and Economics from Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Emily Parris


Emily brings over 20 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer in City of London law firms and in-house. Emily specialises in technology, digital media, intellectual property, data and privacy law. She has advised a wide range of businesses on legal, commercial, and compliance matters, including global technology providers, data-driven businesses, professional services firms, cloud service providers, publishers, e-commerce businesses and their customers. Before becoming a lawyer, Emily read Music at the University of Cambridge.

Richard Plaskett

Trustee and Chair of the Finance Sub-Committee

Richard Plaskett is a Partner and Head of Investment Companies at Frostrow Capital LLP, a specialist investment companies firm. He was previously a Managing Director at JPMorgan Asset Management and prior to that has held roles in investment management and corporate finance at Aberdeen Asset Management and UBS. He holds a Masters Degree in Experimental Psychology from Wadham College, University of Oxford.

Judith Serota OBE


Judith ran the Spitalfields Festival in London from 1988 until 2007, developing the organisation, commissioning over 40 works and winning Royal Philharmonic Society Awards for work in 2005 and 2006. In 2007 she was given the first BAFA Award for outstanding contribution to British Arts Festivals and awarded the OBE in 2009 for services to Spitalfields Festival. Judith is also a trustee of the Riot Ensemble.

Janis Susskind OBE


Janis is the Managing Director of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd. She has served as Chairman of the Society for the Promotion of New Music, as a trustee of the Royal College of Music and on the board of English National Opera. She is currently a trustee of the Britten-Pears Foundation and a Council member of the Royal Philharmonic Society. Janis was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal College of Music in 2007 and was awarded an OBE for Services to Music in 2014.

Rebecca Trumper


As a management consultant with Q5, Rebecca brings expertise in governance and aligning roles and functions with an organisation’s strategy, ensuring practical outcomes and improvements. She provides objective support and challenge to leaders in making strategic decisions and bringing about business change. Music has always been central to Rebecca’s life; she read music at Cambridge and sings in London with the Joyful Company of Singers. As well as being a trustee for Britten Sinfonia, Rebecca also sits on the board of Active Surrey.

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