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TRUSTEES & PATRONS

Andrew Wolfson – Chairman and Trustee

Andrew is Managing Director of Pembroke VCT, responsible for executing the firm’s strategy, leading the investment team, deal origination and supporting portfolio companies.

Andrew has over 25 years of experience in entrepreneurial ventures across a variety of sectors including health, wellness, hospitality and consumer brands.

Lady Lloyd Webber – Trustee

Madeleine Lloyd Webber is lead trustee on the board of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, and the Director and Vice Chairman of Really Useful Group and Really Useful Theatres Ltd. Madeleine has over 20 years’ experience as a charitable trustee and is a passionate believer that giving young people a chance in artistic life and exposing them to professional arts training, instils and enhances a wide range of life skills.

Daniel Peltz OBE - Trustee

Daniel Peltz is CEO of London Freeholds Ltd. He is a Governor of Birkbeck College and chairs the Estates Strategy Committee. He is an Honorary Fellow of both King’s College and Birkbeck College. He sits on the King’s Campaign Board. He is a Trustee of The National Gallery Foundation, The MCC Foundation, The Anna Freud Centre, The Warburg Institute, the Music in Secondary Schools Trust, and The City of London School Bursary Trust. He is Governor of The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Oxford University. He is a panellist on the Education Panel of The Wolfson Foundation. In 2015 he was awarded the OBE for Philanthropic and Charitable services.

Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason - Trustee

Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason lives in Nottingham and is a former lecturer in English at The University of Birmingham. She has recently published the memoir, House of Music: Raising the Kanneh- Masons. Kadiatu has seven children, all of whom are classical musicians and the family has been the subject of several documentaries. Kadiatu is on the Board of Trustees for ESTA String Teachers Association, The Nottingham Education Trust, Real Talk TV, Music Masters, and on the Advisory Council for the Royal Philharmonic Society. Kadiatu is continuing to write and gives talks, interviews and lectures around the U.K. on diversity in classical music, music education, issues of race and inclusion, literature and parenting.

Charlie Rowley - Trustee

Charlie is a Special Adviser to the UK Government providing strategic, political and communications advice. He has been in frontline politics for over 10 years, working on some of the most high profile political events including 3 General Elections, the 2016 EU referendum, London Mayoral and UK wide local election campaigns. Outside of politics, Charlie is a passionate advocate for drama and music education in schools and is delighted to join the trustee board of MiSST. 


Nicola Benedetti CBE- Patron

Nicola began learning to play the violin at the age of four. At eight, she became the leader of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain and by the age of nine had passed Grade 8. In September 1997 she began to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School for young musicians under Lord Menuhin and Natasha Boyarskaya.

In May 2004, aged 16, Nicola won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. Since then Nicola has been awarded honorary doctorates from Glasgow Caledonian University and Heriot-Watt University as well as an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh.

Nicola was presented with the Queen’s Medal for Music, the youngest of the twelve people to receive the award since it was established in 2005.

Nicola plays the Gariel Stradivarius (1717), courtesy of Jonathan Moulds and practices between three and seven and a half hours a day.

Alongside Nicola’s performance career, she is passionate about music education and gives a significant amount of time to this through her work with MiSST and other music organisations.

Nicola’s motto is “Enhance your own ability, be the best you can be – but don’t keep that for yourself. Share it, expose it, give it and try to enrich other people with what you have managed to achieve.”

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