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). He is currently a trustee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, and the Rowntree Society.
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 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!), and felt honoured to be invited to become a trustee in 2004.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.