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Meet our trustees

Our team of trustees oversee the governance of Sound Connections and guide us on our mission to achieve our charitable objectives.

Katrina Duncan

Katrina Duncan

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Katrina Duncan has over thirty years’ experience of arts management and consultancy across all performing arts and with much of her work in the field of arts and social inclusion.

She has been General Manager of Cardboard Citizens, the UK’s only homeless people’s professional theatre company and worked for Youth Music, coordinating 22 Action Zones around England which provide music-making opportunities for young people in areas of high social and economic deprivation. She spent three months as the Acting Director of the Dhow Countries Music Academy in Zanzibar, before joining live music producers Serious,  where she led on the learning and participation programme and was project and content manager for two major music education conferences – State of Play, for the Music Manifesto and Musical Futures – In Your Hands, for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Katrina is currently freelance, with a portfolio building on her previous experience such as evaluating arts participation and learning activity (for, among others, Dance United, Look Ahead Housing & Care and Creative Partnerships), teaching various aspects of arts management (Independent Theatre Council, University of Sussex and Birkbeck) and mentoring and supporting staff and organisations through change and development (Unicorn Theatre and The Lawnmowers).

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Cliff Manning

Cliff Manning

Cliff Manning is the Digital Engagement Manager for the Children’s Commissioner. He works with stakeholders across statutory services, third sector and digital media to develop strategic initiatives that empower children and young people – particularly the most vulnerable – to connect and campaign for the changes that will improve their lives. Cliff has a long standing interest in music education. He managed NUMU, a platform for young musicians, led development of the ‘Next BRIT Thing’ platform for the BPI and set up an online community for music teachers. His previous roles include: Communications and Digital Manager for Royal Opera House Bridge and Director of Communications at Makewaves, the safe social learning platform for schools.

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John Leahy

John Leahy

John Leahy is an experienced music industry executive who has worked for some of the UK’s biggest record labels, including Polydor and EMI, as well as one of the country’s leading independent companies, Domino Records. John is an experienced marketeer, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, who has worked with some of the biggest domestic and international recording artists of the last 15 years. Successful campaigns John has been involved in include artists as diverse as Lady Gaga, Eminem, Robbie Williams, Franz Ferdinand and the Arctic Monkeys. John’s consultancy, Instrumental, was established in 2010 and works with music clients including Noel Gallagher as well as photographers and designers, technology companies and charities, including Julie’s Bicycle and Blue Dot. Additionally John has worked as a lecturer teaching music industry studies for clients including BIMM.

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Max Mizzi

Max Mizzi

Max Mizzi works in Financial Services technology, currently in the Strategy group at Deutsche Bank. He has experience in developing business and technology strategy, delivering industry research and managing technology projects. He joined the Arts and Business ‘Young Professional on Arts Boards’ scheme in 2012, and has since been applying his professional experience to working with charities in the Arts sector. He has always been passionate about music, with broad interests across genres and disciplines, from his own endeavours as a saxophonist to involvement in the live music scene in London. Max also holds a degree in Computer Science from King’s College London.

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Nick Rampley

Nick Rampley

Nick Rampley, after studying music at the University of Oxford has followed a career in education management which has included over ten years as Director of Finance and Administration at the Purcell School. He has been Vice Principal of Morley College since March 2009. Nick has a MBA degree from Imperial College of Science and Technology and the Institute of Accountants Diploma in Charity Finance and is a trustee of the Open College network London Region. He continues his musical interests as principal bassoon of the Kensington Symphony Orchestra (where he is also a trustee), as the bass guitarist in a soul covers band and as an occasional writer of programme notes.

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Richard Sheahan

Richard Sheahan

Richard Sheahan has spent 12 of the last 15 years running his own business. He has tried to help a very wide range of companies and some government departments to organise themselves to be more responsive to their ‘customers’. During that time he has also been a volunteer adviser for Arts & Business, trustee of the Florence Trust and Mirage Children’s Theatre Company, governor of a Lambeth primary school and served on the Marketing Board of Dulwich Picture Gallery. He is married with two children and has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from New College Oxford.

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Paul Bell

Paul Bell

Paul Bell has worked across the arts and charity sector for over ten years gaining experience of live music, youth engagement programmes and charity governance. Following University, Paul co-founded a music merchandise company and cited his time on the youth engagement programme Young Enterprise for giving him the confidence to do this. After five successful years a desire to become engaged in youth music led Paul into the charity sector. This developed into charity governance roles and Paul is currently the Company Secretary at Alzheimer’s Society.

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Shoubhik Bandopadhyay

Shoubhik Bandopadhyay

Shoubhik Bandopadhyay began his career at Scottish charity Impact Arts where he worked with young people in challenging circumstances, using the arts as a means of developing social, employment and independent-living skills. He then joined contemporary chamber ensemble London Sinfonietta, delivering mass public participation events, creative school music projects and artist development programmes with partners including Southbank Centre and Central Saint Martins, before moving into the formal education sector with Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service as Projects Manager. He has recently joined Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning and Culture Partnership Manager, where he chairs the East London Cultural Education Partnership.

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Mark Stringer

Mark Stringer

Mark Stringer has spent the last 32 years working in a number of roles, covering HR, Marketing, Accounting, Product Management and Business Development. Mark joined Sotheby’s Institute of Art in 2010 as Director of Resources covering HR, IT, Facilities, Career Services and the Library teams, moving to the role of Director of Operations in 2014. Since completing an MSc in Organisational Behaviour, Mark has continued his studies, now working towards a PhD within the field of Organizational Psychology, at Birkbeck College, University of London. A music obsessive from an early age, Mark has played in bands, made records, sung in choirs and attended too many gigs to mention. He is now looking forward to being able to use both his personal and professional skills, knowledge and attributes to help progress the work undertaken by Sound Connections.

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