Trustees

NYMAZ welcomes hearing from individuals interested in overseeing and contributing to the ongoing development of our vibrant charity, especially those with experience of campaigning on rural issues. If you are interested in finding out what becoming a Trustee of NYMAZ involves, please contact Heidi Johnson, Director, at heidi@nymaz.org.uk

Sarah Derbyshire

Sarah Derbyshire MBE – Chair

Sarah Derbyshire has managed national arts organisations for the past 15 years and is Chief Executive of national music charity Orchestras Live. She was previously Managing Director of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain and prior to that was Executive Director of the music outreach and training charity, Live Music Now. She is also on the board of Jazz North, the new jazz development agency. Sarah was awarded an MBE for services to music in 2008 and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

 

Kathryn Belton

Kathryn Belton

Kathryn is a Chartered Accountant and works in the audit and accounts department at Saffrey Champness in Harrogate where her client portfolio comprises charitable organisations and owner-managed businesses. Outside of work she enjoys playing the flute and piano.

Sharon Canavar

Sharon Canavar

Sharon is CEO of the Harrogate International Festivals; during her tenure she has expanded and diversified the organisation, which now encompasses a year-round programme of activity. She has been involved with NYMAZ since 2001.

Eleanor Gill

Eleanor Gill

Eleanor Gill is an Edinburgh University music graduate and Chartered Accountant.  Eleanor is a Finance Business Partner at the Department of Health and an active musician.  Eleanor is an advanced pianist and has recently set up a community choir in her local area.  Eleanor grew up in North Yorkshire and seeks to use her skills and experience to advance musical opportunity for children and young people in rural areas.

 

Missy Mills

Missy Mills

Missy is a digital producer for Learning & Participation at the Royal Opera House. Raised in Zimbabwe, she began her career in music with a masters in flute performance, followed by a wide range of creative learning roles in diverse sectors of the music education sector. Throughout these roles Missy has continued to pursue her passion for breaking barriers to access for creative education through digital technology.

Nigel Mochrie

Nigel Mochrie

A passion for enabling people to develop their talents and reach their full potential brought Nigel to NYMAZ. He works for Barclays Bank and possesses a keen interest in music and the theatre.

 

Sam Pirt

Sam Pirt

Sam is a professional piano accordion player whose credits include playing in bands including AAAAG (With David Wood) and 422 (Who won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 1999); acting as Artistic Leader of Ethno Folk Camp for three years in Sweden and subsequently founding his own UK-version of the festival; and performing in residential homes, special schools and prisons with Live Music Now! He has a strong interest in the music of the Sengwer Tribe in Kenya.

Chris Strong

Chris Strong

Chris works across Yorkshire and the Humber with Arts and Cultural organisations and education settings in his role as Head of Enterprise and Skills at IVE - a charity working nationally to embed creativity in teaching and learning. He currently works strategically in Hull, Leeds, Rotherham and Calderdale to support the most disadvantaged children and young people to engage with high quality Arts and Cultural opportunities. He is also setting up bespoke creative vocational programmes with training providers across the region. Chris is passionate about developing young person led activities with a personalised approach to education and progression.

 

Robert Wilsmore

Dr Robert Wilsmore

Robert is Head of Creative Practice in the faculty of Arts at York St John University and a C4C research fellow. His practice and research engage with music composition, live art, interdisciplinary collaborative practice and pedagogy.