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.
The Chair of our Trustees is Stephen Gregson. Stephen studied piano, percussion and composition at Trinity College, London, and conducting with Dr. Jack Stamp at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA, where he was awarded a Master of Arts degree. He has enjoyed a substantial career in music education, and has also worked as a freelance conductor, pianist and percussionist. Stephen is an examiner for the Royal Schools of Music and a published arranger (OUP). He has worked as guest conductor for Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (USA) and for South Wessex Opera Company, in addition to directing Milton Abbey Festival and working with the Bournemouth Symphony Youth Chorus. He has directed several choral societies including Broadstone Community Choir, The Lease Singers and Lytchett Choir.