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.
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 marketing strategies which raise the profile of NCO and generate charitable income. Before joining the team in 2015, Kate graduated from LSBU with a degree in Theatre Production. Since then she has provided marketing support to several charities and arts organisations in the South West. In her spare time Kate enjoys reading, walking and going to the theatre. She also bakes a mean cake.
Roger joined NCO as a Brass Coach in April 1996, and was appointed Director of Music in 2000. His role includes adjudicating at auditions, selecting staff and guest conductors for our residential courses, choosing music and conducting some of our 12 Orchestras. He also oversees the work of the Regional Orchestra Directors of Music. He is a dedicated, inspiring musician and has forged his career in music through performing and teaching from the Royal Air Force Music Services to Wells Cathedral Music School. He enjoys gardening, a good walk and reading.
David has a long history with NCO, enrolling first as a viola player, continuing with ENCORE and working as Social Staff before joining the office team 13 years later. He is responsible for managing the music library and preparing music for performers, conductors and tutors. He also manages NCO’s IT systems, and enjoys acting as Social Staff Organiser on NCO courses.
Mairi is responsible for raising the profile of NCO and the exceptional opportunities it provides and for spearheading the development of NCO’s membership, particularly in geographical areas where participation in our orchestras is low. 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.
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.
Geraldine has worked for the NCO since 2000. She ensures the smooth running of all administrative practices and tasks within the office and is responsible for recruiting new social staff. She also maintains the membership database and co-ordinates the audition process. Geraldine is a retired army major and has a keen interest in history.
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.
Bringing career experience in the fields of project finance and business strategy, Carrie works alongside Roger to oversee the fundraising and administrative side of NCO. Both her daughters had a wonderful time as NCO members. She is an ex-competitive rower and coach, and enjoys running and a good book.
Angela is responsible for managing the smooth running of the administrative and operational aspects of the 6 Regional Orchestras rehearsals and concerts. Angela has a keen interest in the arts, having studied ballet and is a qualified dancing teacher in Modern Jazz.