Development Committee

Victoria Robey OBE | Chair

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.




Olivia Bloomfield

Olivia Bloomfield graduated from Oxford with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Olivia’s career began in banking and shipping finance, followed by 7 years with Russell Reynolds as an Executive director in the Financial Services Practice. She was Chief of Staff to the Treasurer of the Conservative Party responsible for the CCHQ fundraising team and relationships with senior donors. For the past three years she has been a partner of Atlantic Superconnection Corp, involved with bringing geothermal power to the UK from Iceland.





Mo Carrington

Mo’s most recent role was as Development Director for the London Philharmonic Orchestra; a post she held for four years, during which time she doubled the fundraising income of the organisation. Prior to this she was the orchestra’s Corporate Development Manager for two years and has also enjoyed a career in arts sponsorship and marketing in the UK and abroad. Mo currently works part time as a reflexologist and fills her waking hours looking after her two young boys.





 Sir Vernon Ellis

Sir Vernon Ellis is 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.





Simon Freakley

Simon Freakley is Co-Chief Executive Officer of AlixPartners and Business Unit Leader of EMEA. He is also a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and splits his time between the London and New York offices. He was Chief Executive Officer of Zolfo Cooper LLP between 2008 and 2015, a financial advisory and corporate consultancy firm. He is Chairman of Dulwich Picture Gallery, Grange Park Opera and London Music Masters. He was formerly on the Board of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington and English National Ballet.




Philip Keller

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. 




Dennis, Lord Stevenson of Coddenham CBE

As a serial entrepreneur, Dennis has been involved in some 35 start-ups, as well as chairing large companies such as Pearson plc, GPA plc and HBOS plc. He is a Director of Glyndebourne Productions and Chairman of MQ: Transforming Mental Health. He has been Chairman of Tate, the Prime Minister’s Special Adviser on the application of ICT in education, Chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission, Chairman of Aldeburgh Music Ltd and Chancellor of the University of the Arts London.






Sian Westerman

Sian Westerman is Managing Director of Rothschild. She qualified as a solicitor with Slaughter and May in 1988 and holds an LLB (French) from the University of Birmingham.  In 2003 she was named Harpers & Queen/Chanel Business Woman of the Year.  She is a Steering Committee member of the 30% Club, a neutral organisation aiming to increase gender balance on UK Corporate Boards, and a member of the Eton College Campaign Board.