Board of Directors

Simon Freakley | Chair

Simon Freakley is Chief Executive Officer of AlixPartners, having previously held CEO positions at both Zolfo Cooper Europe and Kroll Inc. He is Chairman of London Music Masters and Grange Park Opera. He was formerly Chairman of Dulwich Picture Gallery, a Trustee of the English National Ballet and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington.






John L Antoniazzi | Treasurer

John L Antioniazzi has been a partner at Deloitte for 25 years until his retirement in 2012, where he latterly ran the Cardiff Deloitte office. Since retiring from Deloitte he is currently Chairman of the Cardiff Enterprise Board, set up to develop the financial district of Cardiff.


John is also on the board of a number of business and charities either in a Chairman or non-executive role as well as having been involved in auditing a number of charities and providing advice on areas such as strategy, governance and risk analysis. 





Shaun Bailey

Shaun Bailey is a youth worker and Conservative politician. He stood for the London constituency of Hammersmith as a Conservative at the 2010 general election, and is currently the Prime Minister's Special Adviser on Youth and Crime. Previously Shaun was a co-founder of My Generation, a charity which aims to break the cycle of poverty, crime and ill-health in struggling communities through people-centred sustainable change. 





Mo Carrington

Mo is a freelance fundraising consultant working in the field of Arts and Education. Having worked for LMM between 2012 and 2014, helping them to devise a fundraising strategy and to build their development team, she joined the Board in August 2014. Mo has worked in arts sponsorship for 18 years, her previous roles including that of Development Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra where she worked between 2001 and 2008.






Sir Vernon Ellis

Sir Vernon Ellis is former Chair of the British Council. Until 2008 he worked for Accenture as International Chairman.  He has long had a passion for the arts, particularly music, and is a committed philanthropist; hosting regular musical events to support musicians. He was Chairman of English National Opera (2006-2010), Chairman of Martin Randall Travel and a classical music downloads venture in the US. Sir Vernon was awarded a Knighthood in the New Year Honours, 2011 for services to music.





Talia Hull

Talia Hull is Director of Communications at the Royal College of Music. She has previosly held positions as Head of Communications for BBC Radio 3 & Classical Music TV, and Communications Director for littledesk pr. Talia joined the Board in 2017, bringing a wealth of experience advising high-profile, complex organisations, specialising in strategic communications, issues management and brand repositioning. 





Philip Keller | Deputy Chair

Since 2006 Philip has been Managing Director and Chief Officer at Intermediate Capital Group plc, responsible for finance, human resources and operations. Prior to ICG, he was Finance Director of ERM, a global investment consultancy, where he was part of a management team that led two leveraged buyouts in 2001 and 2005. He previously held a number of financial directorships at GlaxoSmithKline and Johnson & Johnson. He is a Chartered accountant and graduate of Durham University.



John Nickson

John Nickson was formerly responsible for fundraising at The British Council, English National Opera, The Royal Academy of Arts and Tate.  He is now a campaigner for more philanthropy.  His first book, Giving Is Good For You, was published in 2013 and he is currently writing a follow up.  John is also a mentor and charity trustee, serving on the boards of London Music Masters, Opera Rara, The Royal College of Music and UK Community Foundations and he is also a London Ambassador for The Halle Orchestra. 





Itzhak Rashkovsky | Artistic Director

As Professor of Violin at the Royal College of Music, London, Itzhak has come to be one of the leading and most sought-after teachers in the UK. He has given masterclasses worldwide and has been juror of numerous international competitions, notably Vice Chairman of the jury of the 12th Henryk Wieniawski, Poland and Sion Valais, Switzerland, Hannover, Germany, Lipizer, Italy and Yampolsky, Russia, International Violin Competitions.


As well as a trustee of London Music Masters, he is also Artistic Director of the LMM Awards and designed LMM Learning’s Pathways programme.



Victoria Robey OBE | Founder Director

In 2007 Victoria Robey founded London Music Masters and was its Chief Executive until 2013. She remains on the Board and chairs LMM's Development committee. In addition, she is Chairman of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and a Council member of the Royal College of Music. Victoria was educated in the US and began her professional career in Mergers and Acquisitions at Goldman Sachs. She moved to London with them in early 1984 and subsequently joined Russell Reynolds Associates, one of the leading international executive search firms. After then taking up post graduate studies at the Courtauld Institute, she worked for many years with the late John Ingamells at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. 




Philippa Thomas

Philippa is a presenter for BBC World News, and has been a BBC journalist for thirty years. She was educated at Oxford, Harvard and the Open University. Philippa credits the free cello lessons at her comprehensive school for sparking a life-long love of music, and community orchestra trips for introducing her to foreign travel.  She is especially focussed on LMM’s mission of giving children from all backgrounds, access to musical excellence. 

Ed Vaizey MP

Ed Vaizey has been the Member of Parliament for Wantage since 2005 and is the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.  He served as the UK Government Culture and Digital Minister from 2010-16, and was the longest-serving Minister in that role. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 2016. In his role as Minister, Ed was responsible for the roll out of the successful UK rural broadband programme, the introduction of 4G, and tax credits for film, television, animation and video games, which have helped make the creative industries the fastest growing part of the UK economy. In addition, he played a key role in attracting inward investment to the UK tech economy.




Timothy Walker AM

Timothy Walker has been Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra since 2002. He was an inaugural member of the Australian International Cultural Council, a director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and a member of the External Advisory Board of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has also been Deputy Chair of the Music Council of Australia and served on the Board of the Orchestral Network of Australia. He is a former Chairman of the Association of British Orchestras.





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