Andrew has over 25 years of experience in entrepreneurial ventures across a variety of sectors including health, wellness, hospitality and consumer brands.
Currently Pembroke VCT’s Managing Director he is responsible for executing the firm’s strategy, leading the investment team, deal origination and supporting portfolio companies. Andrew sits on the board as a non-executive director of a number of Pembroke’s current investments including Bella Freud, Bella Freud Parfum, Boat, Boom, Chucs Bar & Grill, Chucs Ltd, Dilly & Wolf, La Bottega, Kat Maconie, Plenish, Sourced Market, Troubadour, Blaze and Zenos. The Pembroke team work with founders to help them achieve and accelerate their business objectives.
Andrew’s charity work includes being a board member of Benesco Charity Ltd as well as a trustee of The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust (CWCT) and of Access Aspiration. He is the founder and currently serves as Chairman and Trustee of the Music in Secondary Schools Trust (MiSST).
In his capacity as a trustee of the CWCT and through the charity’s financial support, Highbury Grove School was able to develop a music programme, which became the Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme in September 2013. This programme is delivered through MiSST.
Martin Bavinton – Trustee
Martin has been a qualified solicitor (England and Wales) for over 14 years. He currently works at Oakley Capital as its General Counsel, having joined in 2009. Prior to this he spent over eleven years in private practice at law firm Ashurst LLP in London and in Madrid, Spain. He specialises in general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and the law of funds. Martin has advised a broad variety of companies and authorities on local and multinational matters.
Martin qualified as a Solicitor in 2000 after reading Modern Languages at Oxford University and Law at The College of Law, London. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
Martin became a trustee of MiSST in April 2013. In this capacity he was instrumental in the setting up of the charity with regards to the legal aspects.
Lady Lloyd Webber
Madeleine Lloyd Webber has over 20 years’ charitable trustee experience and is lead trustee on the board of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, set up by her husband, Andrew Lloyd Webber, in 1992 to support the arts, culture and heritage for the public benefit. Madeleine is a passionate believer in giving young people a chance in artistic life and exposing them to professional arts training that can instil and enhance a wide range of life skills for a successful future. She is Director and Vice Chairman of Really Useful Group and Really Useful Theatres Ltd.
Madeleine is a former international three day eventer and owns Watership Down Stud near Newbury and Kiltinan Castle Stud in Tipperary. She is a Director of Newbury Racecourse, President of the Pony Club and a member of the Jockey Club.
Truda White – CEO
Truda was a secondary Headteacher for 16 years, the last 12 in Islington where under her leadership Highbury Grove School was judged by Ofsted to be Outstanding. As a result of the significant financial support from the Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust, the school was able, over a number of years, to develop the music curriculum. In 2012 every student, as they joined the school, received a classical instrument and weekly tuition. The scheme is now known as the Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme.
In addition to being a very experienced secondary Head Truda has been a school governor for over 20 years in both the Primary and Secondary sector. She is also a member of the National Advisory Board for the Outward Bound Trust.
In 2013 Truda was nominated for a second time for the Women of the Year Lunch for her commitment to music, which resulted in the setting up of the MiSST. She was also given the Freedom of the Borough for her role in transforming education within the school and her contribution to the Borough of Islington.
As CEO of the MiSST Truda is responsible for the strategic direction of the charity and ensuring that the MiSST schools have the resources and support to deliver the Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme. Truda also works closely with the Trusts and Foundations who support the charity financially as well as the Institute of Education who will be undertaking a 10-year longitudinal study into the impact of students participating in music.
Pierce Brown – Director of Music
Pierce is currently an Assistant Headteacher at Highbury Grove School and the Director of Music for the Music in Secondary Schools Trust. Originally from Australia, Pierce learnt the violin amongst other instruments under the instruction of Helga Bartosch, before going on to study music education and gaining a scholarship at the Central Beijing Conservatorium of Music in China.
After graduating university, he was offered the opportunity to work in print journalism with Australian Provincial News covering major national festivals and events and he interviewed a wide range of musical artists during his tenure including Violent Femmes, Gwen Steffani and Michael Franti and Spearhead. It was during these years on the road that Pierce rekindled an interest in music education and in his spare time he led a small classical music programme in Central Queensland. The programme started with five students but grew to just under 100 in four years and later went on to close the prestigious state Fanfare Festival for secondary schools.
After several years working within journalism Pierce made the professional transition to education. He worked closely with indigenous communities in west Queensland through a programme he developed called ‘West Meets West’ which brought western classical music to indigenous communities in the far west of the state. The exchange of culture, art, dance and traditional music impacted upon the hundreds of student ambassadors that were selected to participate over the course of the programme. Several of Pierce’s music students were selected to go on and read music at leading conservatoires in Australia.
After moving to the UK in 2005, Pierce honed his music education skills further. He developed several music education outreach programmes in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire before commencing his post at Highbury Grove School. At Highbury Grove School he primarily developed the Music Specialist School provision as well as the entitlement for all students in Years 7 – 9 to learn a classical instrument and has gone on to be the Director of Music for MiSST.
Chloe Kent – Deputy Director of Music
Chloe Kent started working for MiSST in 2014 as Curriculum Developer. She works with five schools in London helping teachers implement and develop this scheme. Chloe Kent studied Violin at The Guildhall School of Speech & Drama and then went on to study composition with John Casken at Manchester University. After graduating, she worked as a session violinist, string arranger and peripatetic violin teacher and has toured with many different bands and recording artists. After the birth of her first child, she completed a PGCE at the Institute of Education and since then, has worked at a wide range of Secondary Schools in Camden including Parliament Hill School for Girls, where she helped build up the music department from scratch.
Derya Sonmez – MiSST Manager and Administrator
Derya joined MiSST in October 2014 and is the MiSST Manager and Administrator. Derya is a Politics graduate from Queen Mary, University of London and after her studies she has spent time in different organisations in roles of community project work and management, research, interpreting and general management. She also speaks Turkish and mentors a student from the Turkish speaking community in London. She is very passionate about education and its transformations to young people’s lives.
We are very grateful for all the help we receive from our partners and supporters and thank them all for their efforts and contributions.
The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust