Trustees

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.

Cllr Craig Cheney – Deputy Mayor of Bristol, councillor for Hillfields and member of the Mayor’s cabinet with executive responsibility for Finance, Governance and Performance at Bristol City Council. Craig has responsibility for Bristol’s property assets, current project deliveries totally over £100m, a capital program of over £900m and sits as the shareholder of Bristol City Council’s companies. Craig’s background is in the financial sector and is the director or the Bristol Museums Development Trust, a trustee of Hillfields Community Trust, Barton Fields Trust and a founder of the Friends of Coombe Brook and Hillfields Community Network.

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.

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.

Louise Mitchell – Chief Executive of Bristol Music Trust appointed in 2011. Previously, Louise was the first Director of Glasgow UNESCO City of Music, a position taken after being at the head of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for 13 years where she spearheaded the regeneration of two of Glasgow’s most revered venues: the City Halls and the Old Fruitmarket. Louise is a board member of the Association of British Orchestras and also on the Board of Destination Bristol, is a Trustee of the Royal Philharmonic Society, a Royal Society of Arts Fellow, Vice Chair of British Association Concert Halls, and was also a past Board Member of International Society for Performing Arts.

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.

Tim Westwell – Co-founder of Pukka Herbs, the organic and ethically traded herbal tea and supplements organisation. In 2001 Tim and business partner Sebastian Pole began making organic herbal teas with a unifying desire to contribute to a more positive world. Over 18 years Pukka herbs developed into a multi-million pound business supplying to 40 countries while keeping conservation through commerce at its core.

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’.