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.
Catherine joined NCO in July 2017, charged with developing the artistic and educational vision for the orchestras. She is a portfolio musician - alongside her role at NCO she is a professional violinist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a founder member of The Stringcredibles, a string quartet dedicated to exploring the relationship between classical performers and their audiences. Her priorities for NCO will be to bring the best conductors, tutors and repertoire to all our orchestras, to articulate and refine our curriculum and to connect NCO as widely as possible to the broader educational sector.
Katie joined NCO in April 2018 and is responsible for the upkeep and organisation of NCO’s music library. She is a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and enjoys work as a professional flautist and tutor alongside this new role at NCO. Katie is also the Head Librarian for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and has worked on other BBC projects including Proms in the Park. In her spare time she enjoys running, BodyPump classes and a good Netflix binge.
Vicky has been a part of the NCO team since 2017. 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 focuses on fundraising to support NCO's vital work in the UK music education landscape. She loves music and also enjoys art and design exhibitions, reading, running and poker.
Sarah joined the NCO team in November 2018. She is responsible for looking after our important supporters, alongside managing an active portfolio of potential grant-makers and handling the growth of the NCO Friends and Patrons programme. Sarah read Italian and Music at Cardiff University and, following a year spent living in Venice, she furthered her studies with a Master’s degree in Musicology. She plays the French horn, adores Italy and is an obsessive baker; making each new technical challenge during ‘Bake-off’ season is tough on the waistlines of family and friends!
Ellie joined NCO in June 2019. Ellie will oversee all aspects of NCO activity and operations. Ellie has over 10 years of experience in producing and delivering orchestral experiences in educational and outreach settings. She has worked with National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Sinfonia Cymru, Southbank Sinfonia, Barbican Centre and English National Opera. She played a key part in developing and implementing NYO’s ground breaking access and inclusion programme ‘Inspire’ and is passionate about the role the arts can play in empowering individuals and communities.
Susan joined NCO in 2015 and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the accounts and payroll, and also oversees NCO's annual bursary scheme. She is an experienced Management Accountant, having spent a large part of her career in the automotive industry. Susan enjoys going to the theatre and taking her cockapoo, Ducky, for a nice long walk. She makes a marvellous coffee and walnut sponge.
Sophie joined NCO in February 2018. In her role as Managing Director, Sophie will oversee everything NCO does with responsibility for the strategic development of the organisation. Sophie has worked in the arts for 25 years, holding positions at English National Opera, Arts Council England and Welsh National Opera. As Chief Executive of Sinfonia Cymru from 2006, Sophie led significant growth in the orchestra’s programme, reach and profile; an achievement formally recognised in 2012 as winner of the inaugural ABO/Rhinegold Orchestra Manager of the Year.