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 Sarah McWatt, Director, at sarah@nymaz.org.uk

Eleanor Gill

Eleanor Gill- Chair

Eleanor is a music graduate from Edinburgh University and a Chartered Accountant, currently working as Finance Programme Manager at the Department for Education. She is an advanced pianist and active musician, responsible for setting up a community choir in her local area. Raised in North Yorkshire, Eleanor is committed to using her skills and experience to advance musical opportunities for children and young people in rural areas, both locally and nationally.

 

Sarah Baumann

Sarah Baumann

Sarah is the Education and Development Coordinator for Brass Bands England and works in marketing and sales for a creative education firm. She is responsible for forging partnerships with local and national arts organisations and keeping abreast of arts-related policies. She was brought up in Lincolnshire, equipping her with first-hand experience of the challenges around rural isolation and accessibility to the 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.

Helen Dawson

Helen Dawson

Helen is a Private Client Solicitor and works for Shulmans‘ Private Wealth Team in Leeds.  She grew up in Upper Wharfedale in North Yorkshire and so has experience of the advantages and limitations of growing up in a rural area. Helen is keen to use her legal skills and knowledge to help advance NYMAZ’s work, so that more children and communities across the county and wider country may benefit from music learning and experiences.

Rebecca Denniff

Rebecca Denniff

Rebecca is a Whitby folk singer, composer and musician who brings a wealth of experience as Artistic Director and Programme Manager at Flash Company Arts Ltd. She previously led the Exchange Choir at Caedmon College and is an early years specialist who has worked extensively with local schools.  Rebecca has a deep understanding of NYMAZ’s work and its impact due to her long-standing involvement with the charity as a practitioner, partner and parent.

Sophie Rudge

Sophie Rudge

Sophie is a NYMAZ Young Trustee. A law graduate who currently works for Forestry England at Dalby Forest, Sophie has always loved music. When she is not working or playing in a folk and a brass band, she is giving private trumpet and piano lessons. She is a former Musical Director of The University of York Big Band and has also served the Mayfield Junior Brass Band as Assistant Musical Director.

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.

 

Harry Twohig

Harry Twohig

Harry is a NYMAZ Young Trustee. Hailing from Middlesborough, he is currently studying History at Oxford University. He is passionate about giving young people the opportunities and skills to pursue their dreams. He is also a Youth Voice board member for London charity The Mix as well as a Youth Council Member for the North Riding County Football Association.