The ENO Board
HRH The Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy
Sir Vernon Ellis, President
Sir Vernon Ellis was Chairman of ENO from 2006 to 2012. He has long had a passion for the arts, particularly music, and through his Foundation, hosts regular musical events at his London home to support musicians. Sir Vernon is a Trustee ofseveral musical organisations and in March 2010 wasappointed Chair of the British Council. He is also Chairman of Martin Randall Travel and a classical music downloads venture in the US.
The backbone of his previous working life was at Accenture where until 2008 he was International Chairman.
Sir Vernon was awarded a Knighthood in the New Year Honours, 2011 for services to music.
Dr Harry Brünjes (appointed 22 September 2010), Acting Chairman
Dr Harry Brünjes initially graduated from London University and then qualified in medicine at Guy’s Hospital. The Premier Medical Group developed from his Harley Street practice. There was an initial period of organic growth, followed by an acquisition strategy which culminated in a trade sale to Capita in 2010, with Harry remaining as Chairman of PMG. He is also Group Medical Director of Capita, non-Executive Director of The Good Care Group and Chairman of Woodsta Investments.
Harry is Chairman of Lancing College, Vice-President of the College of Medicine and a Board member of the Expert Witness Institute, Valderrama Golf Club and the English National Opera. Outside of medicine, Harry enjoys all sport, is a former professional pianist and has a lifelong interest in music and theatre. He is a regular writer, broadcaster and lecturer. Harry is married to the choreographer/director Jacqueline Storey and they have four children.
Glyn Barker (appointed 21 January 2009), Deputy Chairman
Glyn Barker is Chairman designate of Irwin Mitchell Holdings Ltd and a non executive Director of Berkeley Group plc and Aviva plc.
He was Vice Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers from 2008 to 2011 and prior to that was on the Management Board, as Managing Partner responsible for Clients & Markets from 2006 to 2008. Between 2002 and 2006 he was head of PricewaterhouseCoopers Assurance practice after having established and ran PricewaterhouseCoopers Transactions Services business.
Nicholas Allan (appointed 8 January 2008)
Nicholas Allan was Managing Partner of Boyer Allan Investment Management LLP, a specialist Asian fund management company. He is also a trustee of Families for Children, a West Country adoption agency, and of Sir Ernest Cassel Educational Trust.
Prior to setting up Boyer Allan Investment Management in 1998, Nicholas had senior roles with Kleinwort Benson, in London, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong.
Sarah Billinghurst Solomon (appointed 8 June 2014)
Sarah Billinghurst Solomon retired from the Metropolitan Opera in 2014 after a distinguished 42 year career in opera administration. Sarah was born in Wanganui, New Zealand, and is a graduate of Victoria University with a degree in political science. Her career began at the San Francisco Opera in 1972, when she became the assistant to the artistic administrator. In 1982 she was named artistic administrator, and in addition to her duties in that position, she undertook numerous special projects including co-productions with the Kirov Opera, producing concerts, recitals and special presentations sponsored by the San Francisco Opera. In 1994 she became the Assistant General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera where she reported to General Managers Joe Volpe and then Peter Gelb, and Music Director James Levine. She was responsible for the planning and casting of present and future seasons, running the company’s artistic department which includes the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, the National Council Auditions, and supervising the artistic budget.
She currently serves on the boards of Carnegie Hall, American Friends of the English Concert, English National Opera, The Juilliard School, Kia Ora Foundation and the Santa Fe Opera.
David Buchler (appointed 25 October 2006)
With a career spanning 30 years, David is recognised as a leading practitioner in the field of corporate turnaround and restructuring. A former Arthur Andersen partner and founding partner of Buchler Phillips, he was Chairman of Kroll, Inc. for Europe, Middle East and Africa until 2003. His appointments have included cases on behalf of major banks, lawyers, accountants, the Courts and the Department of Trade and Industry. He is currently Chairman/Vice Chairman/Director of a number of public and private companies in the United Kingdom including DB Consultants Ltd, Templewood Partnership, Volvere, Ventura UK, Augur Buchler Partners & London Asia Capital.
He is a Member of the Academy of Experts, a Member of Institute for Turnaround and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is also Trustee of Syracuse University and was a producer of the London International Opera Festival from 1985-1993.
David Harrel (appointed 16 November 2006)
David Harrel was one of the founding partners of the law firm, SJ Berwin LLP in 1982 and was Senior Partner from 1992 to 2006. David holds a number of appointments: he is a non-executive director of Rathbone Brothers Plc and Proven (UK) Limited; chairman of CPA Global Limited, Savile Group plc and Landor Productions Limited; Consultant to SJ Berwin LLP; Blackwood Group and CPA Global Legal Support Services UK Limited; he is a trustee of The Clore Duffield Foundation.
He is a trustee of The Clore Duffield Foundation and the Aspinall Foundation and a Director of The Clore Leadership Programme.
Max Hole (appointed 19 September 2012)
Max Hole, is Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group International, responsible for the operations of Universal Music’s businesses in over 50 countries outside the United States and for its International headquarters in London. A member of the senior executive board of Universal Music, Hole also leads its worldwide classical music business. He serves on the board of directors of IFPI, EMI Music Sound Foundation and the English National Opera. Hole has been involved with artists from across the globe, including Bon Jovi, Juanes, Enrique Iglesias, Andrea Bocelli, Girls’ Generation, Alejandro Sanz, Lionel Richie, Sting and Sa Dingding. He has played a central role in bringing stars such as Taylor Swift, the Eagles, Queen and Bryan Adams and Avicii to Universal Music and securing the company’s partnership with global TV smash “The Voice”. Hole began his music industry career as an artist manager and record producer.
Catherine May (appointed 22 June 2011)
Catherine May is Corporate Affairs Director at SABMiller plc, one of the world’s leading brewers and the largest drinks company listed in the UK. Catherine has over twenty-five years of experience in communications, investor relations, marketing and corporate leadership. Before joining SABMiller she served on the executive committee of Centrica plc, the integrated energy group which encompasses British Gas, Centrica Energy and Direct Energy, as Group Director, Corporate Affairs. Before joining Centrica, Catherine was Group Director of Corporate Relations for Reed Elsevier plc, the international media and information services company.
She is also a non-executive trustee of the National Funding Scheme, a start-up charity which raises funds for arts and cultural institutions, and is also a business advisor to the charity Afrikids, which manages a range of community projects in northern Ghana.
Anthony Whitworth Jones (appointed 19 September 2012)
Anthony Whitworth-Jones was General Director of Garsington Opera from 2005 until 2012 and oversaw the company’s move to its present, widely acclaimed, new theatre in Wormsley Estate. Prior to which he was Artistic Director at the Casa da Musica Porto, Portugal at the time of the opening of the acclaimed new building, designed by Rem Koolhaas. Anthony was General Director at Dallas Opera House as the planning for the building of a state-of-the-art opera house was taking shape and chief executive at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, responsible, with the Music Director and Director of Productions, for all artistic policy. It was under his watch that Glyndebourne moved from its original theatre to its new prestigious theatre. His first job in music was as Administrative Director of the London Sinfonietta.
He is a Trustee of the Leonard Ingrams Foundation, board member of the Young Classical Artist Trust, and Chairman of the Michael Tippett Musical Foundation.
John Cooke is an international economic relations consultant, and is Chairman of a City of London group focusing on financial services liberalisation. He is also Deputy Chairman of SITPRO, a trade facilitation agency. John was previously Head of International Relations at the Association of British Insurers and, before that, a senior civil servant at the Department of Trade & Industry. He regularly contributes to conferences, seminars and publications on international trade policy and financial services regulatory issues.
John is also Chairman of the ENO Benevolent Fund, a registered charity which makes grants to past or present members of the company in cases of special need or hardship.
Edward Gardner OBE
Director of Marketing & Brand
Director of Communications
Director of Theatre Management
Head of Music Administration
At the heart of the Company's artistic life, the ENO Orchestra has in recent years received several prestigious awards. As well as opera performances at the London Coliseum, the Orchestra has also performed at the Aldeburgh Festival and at Glastonbury. Recent recordings include Kate Royal's CD Midsummer Night (2009), conducted by ENO Music Director Edward Gardner, and (as part of Chandos's 'Opera in English' series) Janácek's The Makropulos Case, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras (2007).
The Orchestra is closely involved in ENO Evolve, an initiative led by ENO Music Director Edward Gardner, in which students from the Royal College of Music shadow players from the Orchestra. Many of the players participate in the work of ENO Baylis, the company's learning and participation team.
Colin Clague / Julian Brewer
William Lockhart / Dominic Hackett
Assistant Orchestra Manager
Orchestra Logistics Manager
The ENO Chorus is one of the finest professional operatic ensembles in the UK today. Tracing its roots to the founding of the Sadler’s Wells Opera Company by Lilian Baylis in 1931, the ENO Chorus is committed to bringing opera sung in English to the widest possible audiences in thrilling and theatrically inventive productions.
The ENO Chorus plays a key role in the company ensemble, and recent notable successes include major new productions of The Tales of Hoffmann, The Death of Klinghoffer, Billy Budd, The Pilgrim’s Progress, Carmen, La Traviata, Medea, and more recently the British premiere of Philip Glass’s A Perfect American, as well as performances of Death in Venice at Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam.They have also performed at the Aldeburgh Festival, at the Barbican, and gave an acclaimed performance of Peter Grimes at the BBC Proms in 2012.
The ENO Chorus has participated in several recordings as part of Chandos’ ‘Opera in English’ series, including The Carmelites and Ernani, and was actively involved in ENO’s groundbreaking live broadcast of La Bohème for SkyArts. Members of ENO's Chorus regularly perform principal roles at ENO, and participate in the work of ENO Baylis, the company’s learning and participation team.
Emily Rowley Jones
Amy Kerenza Sedgwick
Robert Winslade Anderson
Edward Gardner OBE
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Head of Music
Head of Music Administration
Music Co-ordinator and PA to the Music Director
Assistant Orchestra Manager
Orchestra Logistics Manager
Assistant Chorus Master
Music Library and Surtitles Manager
Music Librarian and Surtitles