Staff & Board

Meet the team

Introducing our staff and board that keep Manchester Camerata breaking the boundaries of what it means to be an orchestra.

Board of Directors

  • Stephen Dauncey – Chair
  • Gregory Batsleer
  • Martin Carr
  • Michelle Duncalf
  • Karen Gabay
  • Kate Green
  • Samantha Kennerley
  • Lucy Makinson
  • Caroline Monk
  • Simon Pedley
  • Rebecca Ward

Management Team

Bob Riley – Chief Executive

  • Lead on strategic direction and secure funding
  • Secure major partnerships and collaborations
  • Oversee the staff team and board reporting

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Ruth Ellul – Head of Philanthropy


  • Connect with philanthropists who want to support our musicians, artistic programmes, and social impact.
  • Dreaming up bold, exciting new ideas to secure our impact for the long-term.
  • Sharing stories and celebrating the impact of philanthropy.

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Clara Marshall Cawley – Head of Artistic Planning

  • Develop and lead the orchestra’s artistic direction and deliver the programme of engagement work.
  • Collaborate with artistic partners and external artists; building relationships with promotors and venues.
  • Manage the Concerts Team and oversee the budget.

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Sebastian Mariner – Head of Communications and Marketing

  • Responsible for all Manchester Camerata communications across all outputs.
  • Sales and Marketing of all Manchester Camerata activity.
  • Responsibility for the Manchester Camerata brand.

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Holly Passingham – Head of Funding Partnerships


  • Establish and grow private and public sector funding partnerships for the orchestra.
  • Work with colleagues and supporters to develop sector-leading programmes that connect people with music.
  • Prepare reports and maintain effective stewardship of all partners.

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Giles Wilmore – Director, Community


  • Oversight of Camerata’s activity in the community, including Music in Mind and work with children & young people.
  • Programme Director for the Power of Music Centre of Excellence for Music & Dementia.
  • Oversight of international connections for Music in Mind.

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Rachel Durkin – Finance Manager


  • Develop and oversee the organisation’s financial strategies and budgeting processes.
  • Monitor financial performance and provide detailed financial reports.
  • Supervise daily financial operations, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and financial reporting.

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Lachlan Banner – Planning and Production Manager

  • Overseeing and delivering the orchestra’s diverse and exciting artistic programme.
  • Responsible for pre-project technical and set-up requirements.
  • Supporting our artists and musicians to achieve their artistic aims.

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Jay Cipriani – Digital Media Producer


  • Capture Camerata’s performances, community work, and behind-the-scenes moments.
  • Create promotional trailers that capture the essence of upcoming concerts and events.
  • Record interviews with musicians, conductors, and composers to provide deeper insights into the music.

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Amy Dunning – Project Manager (Community)

  • Collaborate with a diverse array of brilliant community groups to bring music projects to life.
  • Develop and expand a sustainable creative program that empowers young people across Greater Manchester.
  • Build a network of partners, both in the UK and beyond, who share our vision of music for change.

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Rebecca Everett – Digital Marketing Manager

  • Create, improve and maintain digital content across web, email and socials to raise brand awareness and connect with our audience.
  • Manage the orchestra’s social media channels and plan annual programme of digital activity.
  • Connect with artists and collaborators, sharing inspiring stories digitally.

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Zoe Jenkins – Library and Concerts Assistant

  • Organise and maintain the orchestra’s music library, preparing parts for rehearsals and performances.
  • Support the running of all our concerts, to ensure smooth performances.
  • Work closely alongside our fantastic Concerts team and Camerata musicians.

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Jackie Parkes – Project Coordinator (Music in Mind)


  • Executive support to Music in Mind Chief Executive Officer & Project Manager.
  • Board support and Governance.
  • Administration of the Project Manager’s office, and administration of the financial procedures and bookkeeping.

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Holly Randhawa – Project Manager (Community)

  • Deliver inspiring projects that connect and engage with our communities.
  • Promote and advocate for Camerata’s Music in Mind programme.
  • Create a welcoming and inclusive environment for music-making activities.

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Jill Taylor – Partnerships Manager (Music in Mind)


  • Managing partnerships with our funders, commissioners and Music in Mind delivery partners.
  • Leading the team to grow our community of Music in Mind Music Champions.
  • Developing a sustainable and scalable Music in Mind service to support as many people with dementia and their carers as possible.

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Max Thomas – Creative Producer

  • Producing and managing concert & community-based projects while leading the Manchester Camerata 360° Ruth Sutton Fellowship.
  • Facilitating knowledge exchange between Manchester Camerata and The University of Manchester staff and students.
  • Collaborate with external organisations on co-produced performances, professional development, and research-based practices.

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Jo Watson – Orchestra Personnel Manager

  • Book and manage all Manchester Camerata and freelance musicians.
  • Assist in the scheduling of all concert events.
  • Manage the Professional Experience Scheme to nurture talent development.

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Alex Williams – Income and Data Officer


  • Oversees the Orchestra’s CRM database.
  • Responsible for data and process development, information management, and gift processing.
  • Champion the effective use of data insight to support and develop our connection with audiences and supporters.

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Helen Pexton – Executive Assistant


  • Manage the Chief Executive’s diary.
  • Organising the Camerata Board Meetings, including: Coordinating meeting dates, agenda and paper preparation, taking and distribution of minutes and follow-up actions.
  • Preparation of communications, including letters, presentations, reports, and briefing materials for meetings.

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