The Board of Trustees has overall responsiblity for the operation and governance of the Charity.
Katharine is director and co-owner of a company in Newcastle-under-Lyme manufacturing flavourings for supply to the food industry. She is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Her musical journey started early on with a focus on piano and then clarinet, but it is only in the last eight years or so that she has discovered a love of singing, enhanced by attending Sing for Pleasure Summer Schools. Currently Katharine sings with – and is chair of – Keele Bach Choir, which is a chamber choir of about 40. She also sings with Ceramic City Choir based in Stoke-on-Trent.
In her spare time, Katharine undertakes some small-scale farming together with her husband Martin, raising a herd of Belted Galloway beef cattle and several Hebridean sheep.
Lynda worked part-time for SfP for 25 years as administrator and CEO some years ago, “growing the business” at home and then moving the office out into a local farmer’s premises. She gained her PGCE from Sussex University during this time and when she left SfP took a SpLD Diploma, joining the London Borough of Newham as an Advisory Teacher. She has been a JP on the East London bench for 13 years.
Singing has always been important – her first solo roles were at school – and she currently enjoys the varied repertoire which singing in three very different choirs brings. Lynda is delighted to be part of the SfP team again at a time of exciting growth. She much admires the energy and commitment of the Board and Management as they work to make SfP pivotal to choral music making in the 21st century.
David’s musical journey started at school where he was a bassoon player and sang in the choir. He describes himself as a “mechanical” player rather than an intuitive one, but did progress to obtain his Grade VIII. He is now clearly overshadowed by his son who is studying Classical Trumpet at the Guildhall.
David still likes to remind his son, however, that in one area he surpasses him; David has his Grade V theory!
In his working life, David joined the John Lewis Partnership in 1982. He has held a variety of jobs in both Waitrose and John Lewis, and currently sits on the Waitrose Board of Directors as Partnership Registrar.
Miles has been involved with Sing for Pleasure since his secondary school days, when he was taught by Rosemary Millward (née Redding) who was at the time an SfP tutor and national committee member. As a sixth former, he attended a weekend training event in Malvern and then Summer School, where he made friendships that continue today almost 35 years later.
After obtaining a degree in Newcastle upon Tyne, Miles trained as a secondary music teacher at Durham. His career has included secondary, special and primary education and for the last 18 years he has been a primary head. He now leads Hotspur Primary in Newcastle, a Platinum Artsmark school where learning through, and in, the arts is central to the life of the school. He is passionate about the importance of singing in schools – and the role that SfP has in promoting this.
He currently chairs the Newcastle Cultural Education Partnership and sits on the boards of Culture Bridge North East and Music Partnership North Music Education Hub. He recently led the Concordia Vocal Project, a two year project to develop singing in primary schools funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation which had a strong Sing for Pleasure collaboration through the Vocal Leadership Training Programme. Miles regularly speaks on creativity and the curriculum at universities and conferences.
Miles has been a Trustee of Sing for Pleasure since 2016 and is excited to have taken over as Chair from Stephen Gregson. He is looking forward to working with the Management Team, other Trustees, tutors and members to help shape the next phase of the charity’s development, leading up to its 60th anniversary in 2024.