Bristol Music Trust Board of Trustees
Bristol’s Music Trust is run by a board of Trustees who represent a wide cross-section of local, regional and national people with a background in business, music, law, finance and education.
The appointed members are:
Simon Chapman (Chair) – Retired as the senior audit partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the West and Wales having spent over 30 years with the firm. Simon is Chair of the BMT Board of Trustees and BMT ARRC Audit Committee.
Pat Connor – Director of BBC South West and the BBC’s Head of Development & Events, UK. Pat oversees the BBC’s audience, external stakeholders and staff engagement in the South West, representing the BBC to both internal and external stakeholders. She also provides overall leadership for BBC Bristol and sits on the BBC’s Nations and Regions Board.
Tony Cherry – Partner at international law firm DAC Beachcroft LLP and its predecessor firms since 1983; in Bristol since 2002 and Regional Senior Partner from 2010 to 2016. Tony is also a Director of the Cabot Learning Foundation, for whom he Chairs the Audit Committee, the Boolean Maths Hub and Summerhill Academy Council.
Craig Gentle – Chief Financial Officer at St. James’s Place Wealth Management since January 2018. Craig joined St. James’s Place in 2016 as Chief Risk Officer and prior to this he spent 22 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, 12 of which were as a Partner. During his time at PwC, Craig held a number of roles, including as a senior audit partner. Craig qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1993.
Tanya Lacey – Internationally acclaimed singer songwriter, signed to Sony RCA in 2009 and in 2012 created her own independent record label Laceywood Records. Tanya has written for, toured and collaborated with a wide array of A-list Artists worldwide and in 2017 was a semi-finalist on BBC1’s ‘The Voice’. Tanya is passionate about diversifying and encouraging women to pursue a creative career in music and is actively involved in mentoring, tutoring and teaching songwriting workshops to young people nationwide.
Sir Brian McMaster – Joined EMI Records as a member of their International Classical Division. In 1973 he went to English National Opera as Controller of Opera Planning and three years later joined Welsh National Opera as Managing Director, where he remained until 1991. During the period 1984 to 1989 he was also Artistic Director of Vancouver Opera. Brian was Director of the Edinburgh International Festival from 1991 to 2006.
Sandra Meadows – Chief Executive of Voscur and Associate at the Centre for Mentoring & Coaching, Sandra is a member of the Chartered Management Institute and specialises in voluntary, community and social enterprise sector development and professional development coaching. A former member of Bristol’s Commission for Women and current member of Race Equality Commission, Sandra also works to promote and embed diversity in leadership.
Sonia Mills – Sonia spent her career in the NHS which included several CEO level posts with NHS Oxfordshire, Swindon Marlborough NHS Trust and latterly CEO for North Bristol NHS Trust responsible for the development of the new Southmead Hospital. She has a degree from Cambridge in Natural Sciences and an MSc from Bristol University in Public Policy Studies. Based in Bristol she now continues to coach senior managers and also has several Governor and trustee roles including Governor at Colston Girls School and is on the Board of Governors for UWE. She is chair of BMT Capital Fundraising Group.
Andrew Nisbet – Founder and Chairman of Nisbets plc, the UK’s largest supplier of catering equipment, based in Bristol. Andrew served as High Sheriff of Bristol for 2012/13.
James Wetz – James has worked for over 30 years in state education, 16 of these as a secondary school Head teacher. He is the current chair of the Centre for Social Policy linked to the Social Research Centre at Dartington, and chairs ‘The Green House Bristol’. He serves on the Governing Body of Bristol University, is a trustee of the Richard Feilden Foundation and a co- founder of he Consortium for Emotional Wellbeing in Schools. James was previously the Chair of Trustees of the Wiltshire Music Centre and his publications include ‘Urban Village Schools’ and a Channel 4 Dispatches programme, ‘The Children left behind’.
Cllr Estella Tincknell – Estella represents Bristol City Council on the BMT Board. She is Councillor for the Lockleaze ward, is deputy Leader of the Labour Group, and Deputy Mayor with responsibility for arts & culture. Estella is also Associate Professor of Film & Culture at UWE.