Who’s Who?

JMB 1Jan Berger

Chair of Trustees

Jan has been associated with the Fund since it was established and began by helping in the production and distribution of the Newsletter. His valuable experience in business has enabled him to inform our fundraising and investment policies.



Steven Burkeman

Vice chair of Trustees

Steven has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, having worked as a chief executive, a board member, and a volunteer. He ran the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust for nearly 20 years, and was for 6 years a board member of the Community Fund (now part of the Big Lottery Fund). He is currently a trustee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, and the Rowntree Society.


Alan George Alan George


Alan, father of Jessie, is the viola player in the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, which originally became well known for its relationship with Shostakovich, whose last three quartets they premiered in the UK. He has held teaching posts at the University of York and the Royal Northern College of Music, as well as a residency at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by both Bucknell University (USA) and the University of York.


Hannah 2013Hannah George


Hannah is Lead Clinical Psychologist in a specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health service, working with deaf children, young people and families across the North of England. As the sister of Jessie, the fund is something very close to her heart. She has been involved since the outset, when she was just 12 (designing the first version of our logo!). She has been a proud trustee since 2004.



Andy Grace


Andy has worked in York as an Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon with a particular interest in voice since 1988. He was Clinical Director for Head and Neck Services for nine years; Regional Advisor for ENT Surgery to the Royal College of Surgeons, and President of York Medical Society in 2011 – 2012. He is passionate about the arts and their transformative effect in all aspects of life, and is keen to use his knowledge of the health sector to support Jessie’s Fund in its outstanding work with young people.


 Rebecca Howard


Originally working as an historical researcher I moved careers into the world of classical music, organising concerts and recitals. Having played the piano from the age of four, and now, sitting down with my own children at the keyboard, I can totally understand and applaud the tremendous work and achievements of Jessie’s Fund.



Caroline Long bCaroline Long


Caroline has held Jessie’s Fund close to her heart for many years. She would love to have had the privilege of meeting Jessie. Caroline became a member of the advisory committee early in the charity’s history and developed the Christmas card and gift operation. She followed a career as a professional singer and teacher. Recently qualifying as a music therapist, Caroline gratefully holds Jessie’s Fund directly responsible for this change of path.


Nancy Maquire 2Nancy Maguire


Nancy studied at music college and subsequently worked for charities as a fundraiser and fundraising strategist for over 20 years.  She is now a psychotherapist.  She was privileged to be asked to become a trustee of Jessie’s Fund and hopes to be active in many ways, in particular using her expertise to support Jessie’s Fund in securing the financial support needed to implement its plans for the future.


Lindsey Woods

Honorary Treasurer

Lindsey says ‘As a keen amateur flautist and York resident, I have long been an admirer of Jessie’s Fund. I have played music ever since I can remember and I understand the influence simply making music can have on someone’s wellbeing. To bring that opportunity to sick and disabled children is an inspiring thing.’ Lindsey is the manager of a legal membership association, which gives her much experience useful to her role as Treasurer for Jessie’s Fund.


Lesley Schatzberger


Lesley is a clarinettist, having been involved in a range of music-making – from working with Stockhausen in his chamber group to touring extensively with orchestras such as the English Baroque Soloists and the Academy of Ancient Music. She teaches at the University of York and the Royal Northern College of Music. Following the death of Jessie, her daughter, she increasingly turned her energies towards running Jessie’s Fund. In 2006 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of York.


Britta KoerberBritta Koerber

Director of Soundtracks

Britta is a project manager and producer who has spent over a decade working with musicians on educational projects. She previously held the post of Schools and Early Years Manager at the renowned Sage Gateshead, working with children, teachers and parents to bring music into classrooms and homes, and she is delighted to be bringing her skills and experience to help further the marvellous work of Jessie’s Fund.


Karen Kadow


Karen has supported Lesley in the office as the charity’s part-time Administrator since 2001. During that time, she has also qualified as a French-English translator, and worked privately as an English tutor. As a music-lover and mother of two children, she is keenly aware of the importance of the services Jessie’s Fund provides and is delighted to be able to contribute to its success.



Lisa Williams

Projects Assistant

Lisa previously held the post of Corporate Development Manager for the London Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that she had been Projects Co-ordinator for the Natal Philharmonic, and whilst in South Africa had also worked for Buskaid, which gives impoverished township children the opportunity to play classical music to a high standard. A pianist herself, she very much understands the power of music.