The NCO office is run by a small team of full and part time staff. All of our staff are passionate about NCO and music education, and bring their own expertise and experience to their roles.
We are thrilled to welcome Catherine Arlidge MBE as NCO Artistic and Educational Director.
John is responsible for the administration of all bursary applications and correspondence. He also manages the store, including merchandise and instruments. He spent over 20 years with the RAF as a French Horn player before concentrating on a career in administration, as a school bursar and then a magistrates’ court manager. John still enjoys playing as part of a brass band and conducts on a freelance basis.
Kate is responsible for delivering effective communications and marketing strategies which raise the profile of NCO, whilst also generating income through fundraising initiatives. Kate has a degree in Theatre Production and has worked with several charities and arts organisations in the South West. Kate enjoys swimming, baking and going to the theatre. She gets very competitive at pub quizzes.
Mairi is responsible for spearheading the development of NCO’s membership, particularly in geographical areas where participation in our orchestras is low. She is also responsible for managing the administrative and operational aspects of the six Regional Orchestras rehearsals and concerts. Before joining NCO, Mairi worked with a number of companies, including Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, the National Theatre and Scottish Opera, to promote wider participation and engagement in the arts.
Robin is responsible for the upkeep of NCO’s music library, as well as organising and providing the music for our orchestras when they go on their residential courses. He is a music graduate, a singer and a cellist. In his spare time, Robin takes a keen interest in film, theatre and opera.
Charlie looks after and maintains the recognisable red skirts for NCO. She has previously worked in the theatre in wardrobe both for musical productions and straight productions in the West End of London, touring and Bristol. Charlie trained in wardrobe at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and studied Bespoke and Manufacturing Tailoring at London College of Fashion. She likes horse riding, walking, going to the theatre and listening to music.
Vicky is delighted to join NCO this year. She has over 15 years of senior-level experience in development work for a variety of arts charities including Barbican Centre and English National Opera. Vicky's role will focus on fundraising for our work. Vicky loves music and also enjoys art and design exhibitions, reading, running and poker.
Kate is thrilled to work with NCO as Head of Operations where her role encompasses auditions, courses and forward planning. She has over 12 years’ experience working in the orchestral music sector with previous roles at Manchester Camerata, Royal Opera House, National Youth Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra and most recently the European Union Youth Orchestra. Kate plays piano, violin and clarinet and loves snooker.
Susan is responsible for the day-to- day management of the accounts and payroll. She is an experienced Management Accountant, with a large part of her career being in the automotive industry. Susan likes walking, reading and the theatre. She is also the resident baker at NCO HQ and makes a marvellous Victoria sponge.
Carrie has led the management and administration of NCO since 2014. She is responsible for the NCO staff team, and oversees the organisation and operation of all NCO activities and the strategic and financial planning that supports these. Her background is in project finance and business strategy. Carrie’s two daughters had a wonderful time as NCO Members. She is an ex-competitive rower and coach, and just might one day bake a cake as light as Sue’s.
Angela is responsible for managing the planning, administration and delivery of the senior orchestra courses and concerts, and supporting the operational requirements. Angela has worked for NCO since 2012, previously in the role of Regional Orchestras Manager, and has a keen interest in the arts. Angela studied ballet when she was younger and is a qualified dance teacher in Modern Jazz.