Victoria needs little introduction. She is a multi-talented stand-up comedian, actress, and writer who has won many awards for her wide-ranging work.
She says ‘What I love about music is we don’t know what it is, how it works, and it doesn’t matter. It’s all about totally personal response, it helps us find out who we are, and we all deserve that, however many days we’re given.’
Chair of Trustees
Jan has been associated with the Fund since its 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 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).
Joe is a consultant in palliative medicine, having held posts at Guy’s Hospital and St George’s Hospital, along with a senior lectureship in medicine. He was Director and Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Trinity Hospice until 1999, when he retired from active medical practice. He was Medical Director of King Edward VII Hospital, 2002-3.
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 is a Clinical Psychologist working with hearing impaired children all over the north east of England. As the sister of Jessie, the fund is something very close to Hannah’s heart. She has been involved since the outset, when she was just 12 (designing the first version of our logo!), and felt honoured to be invited to become a trustee in 2004.
Mary has known Jessie’s family since meeting Lesley and Alan through music in the 1980s. She is a counsellor of young people with a special interest in creative ways of communicating. The work of Jessie’s Fund is particularly inspiring for her since it is a communication beyond words.
I am a housewife at a rather unusual house in Yorkshire, and mother to young twins Merlin and Octavia. Having worked as an historical researcher I moved careers into the world of classical music, organising concerts and recitals – something I would very much like to continue at Castle Howard. Having played the piano from the age of four, and now beginning to sit down with my own children at the keyboard, I can totally understand and applaud the tremendous work and achievements of Jessie’s Fund.
Nancy studied at music college and subsequently worked for charities as a fundraiser and fundraising strategist for over 20 years. She is currently re-training as 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.
Michael retired from a management role with IBM after a business career spanning 33 years. Since then he was for 10 years Development Director of a major musical ensemble, has worked in public affairs consultancy, a sports sponsorship organisation and with two other charities. He lives in London and indulges his love of music through frequent visits to concert hall and opera house.
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 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.
Soundtracks Project Manager
Tom has worked in arts administration and project management across the U.K., including three years with the Education Department of Opera North. He enjoys working on projects that bring together the talents and ideas of young people with those of professional musicians. Tom lives in Manchester where he also works with a visual arts organisation.
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 busy learning their own musical instruments, 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 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.