09 Feb 2018


NYMAZ acknowledges significant contribution of outgoing Director

NYMAZ today announces that its Director, Heidi Johnson, will be leaving the youth music charity in the spring and is opening recruitment to find her successor.

After six years at the helm of NYMAZ, Heidi leaves the organisation in a strong position to enter a new phase in its development. Well-known and respected across North Yorkshire and the music education sector as a whole, her substantial contribution to NYMAZ includes developing a strong, national voice for the organisation, raising awareness, in particular, of its specialisms around rural isolation and digital innovation in the delivery of music tuition. Her success in securing significant multi-year funding arrangements has laid the foundations for the future stability of the organisation. Heidi is stepping down in order to prioritise family commitments.

Reflecting on her time at NYMAZ, Heidi says
: “It’s been an absolute privilege to lead NYMAZ for the past 6 years. I’ve seen the organisation and the children and young people it benefits grow and flourish, thanks to the commitment and investment of our fantastic delivery partners, music leaders, strategic partners, and funders. I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved together.

Now is the right time for me to step down and for someone else to lead the next stages of NYMAZ’s development as we seek to create a musically inclusive England. I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to our trustees and staff for all their support during my time at NYMAZ.”

Sarah Derbyshire MBE, Chair, NYMAZ Board of Trustees, comments:
“Heidi has been a fantastic Director of NYMAZ and has steered the organisation through a period of significant growth. I and my fellow Trustees are more than grateful for the dedication and creativity which she has brought to the role and to the organisation as a whole. We now focus on finding a successor of equal calibre to lead NYMAZ in the next stage of its journey.”

NYMAZ is one of Youth Music’s thirteen Fund C strategic partners, and has also recently embarked on the latest phase of online music education project Connect: Resound which is supported by a strategic grant from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. In recognition of NYMAZ’s growing remit and influence, the Board has increased the post of Director to a 0.8 fte position. For details of the vacancy, click here.

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