HRH The Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy, Patron
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, Chairman (appointed September 2010, appointed Chairman September 2015)
Dr Harry Brünjes initially graduated from London University and then qualified in medicine at Guy’s Hospital. This was followed by positions as a hospital doctor, general practitioner, senior partner and police surgeon prior to his own practice in Harley Street. In 1995 Harry started Premier Medical and in 2005, after ten years as Chief Executive officer, became Chairman of The Premier Medical Group. In 2010 Premier Medical was acquired by Capita. Harry remains as Chairman of PMG and was also appointed Group Medical Director of Capita. Non-Exec positions include The Good Care Group, Chairman of Newman’s Clinics and Equity Red Star, Lloyd’s Syndicate. Previous board positions include Governor of Bedford Modern School, Chairman of Mowden School, Governor of Valderrama Golf Club and The Expert Witness Institute. In 2007 Harry was President of the Sussex Medico-Chirurgical Society. In 2010 Harry was elected Vice-President of the College of Medicine. Harry is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Harry is Chairman of Lancing College, Fellow of the Woodard Corporation and a Council member of Southwark Cathedral Development Trust. 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 and dancer Jacqueline Storey and they have four children.
Nicholas Allan, Deputy Chairman (appointed January 2008, appointed Deputy Chairman September 2016)
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.
Nicholas Addyman (appointed June 2015)
Nick is a former City solicitor and a founder member of the Parabis Group which was sold to Duke Street Capital in 2012. Nick is married to Lucy Rathbone, an accomplished singer. He is a keen supporter of several arts organisations including the Rosie Kay Dance Company. Nick and Lucy have become very committed and hugely supportive of the ENO in recent seasons. Nick holds a number of non executive directorships both in the commercial and charitable sectors.
Sally Burgess (appointed February 2017)
Highly acclaimed mezzo soprano Sally Burgess began her long and renowned relationship with ENO in 1978 as Zerlina (Don Giovanni). She has since returned to perform over 40 roles with the company, the most notable being Carmen, Octavian (Rosenkavalier) and Judith (Bluebeard’s Castle). Her distinguished career includes performances at most of the world’s major opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, New York; Bayerisches Staatsoper, Munich; Opera National de Bastille, Paris; The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; and Houston Grand Opera.
On the concert platform she has collaborated with many eminent conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Sir Charles Mackerras and Daniel Barenboim. Sally is Vocal Professor at the Royal College of Music and Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
She is an internationally sought after teacher of voice and stagecraft and leads masterclasses, workshops, competitions and regularly directs opera scenes across Europe, Russia and South Africa. In 2011 she was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music (FRCM).
Patty Dimond (appointed September 2016)
Patty Dimond is an investor, advisor and mentor of early stage businesses and Co –Author: of Driven to the Brink: Why Corporate Governance and Culture Matter.
She has over 25 years international experience in consumer markets having worked with retail, financial services and brands, including Value Retail Management, Musgrave PLC, Mothercare Direct and Storehouse PLC.
She is a CFA, a member of the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts and a Canadian Chartered Accountant.
Phil Edgar-Jones (appointed September 2016)
Phil Edgar-Jones is Director of Sky Arts, the definitive destination for Arts and Culture on television. He joined Sky as Head of Entertainment in 2012, before taking over Sky Arts in 2014.
During his time at Sky Arts, Phil has commissioned opera broadcasts from the Royal Opera House, ENO and Glyndebourne. Sky Arts is the first broadcaster to broadcast Wagner’s Ring Cycle from Bayreuth which was simulcast in the UK, Germany, Italy and Australia. Phil has also overseen the creation of Portrait and Landscape Artists of the Year alongside a myriad of other programmes spanning the spectrum of Arts genres from opera and ballet to rock and pop, the visual arts and design to fashion and film.
Louise Jeffreys (appointed March 2016)
Louise is Artistic Director at the Barbican Centre and is responsible for the formulation, implantation and delivery of the Barbican’s artistic programme and strategic vision. In particular, Louise has led on developing the Barbican’s relationships and presence in east London, resulting in a wider reach to a more diverse audience, and increasing income from rental and commercial deals, as well as partnership funding. Louise will contribute to ENO’s artistic and strategic vision and will sit on the Artistic Committee, led by fellow ENO Board Member Anthony Whitworth-Jones.
Louise was previously Head of Theatre and Arts Projects at the Barbican, running bite (Barbican International Theatre Events) from 1999. bite became one of London’s most innovative artistic programmes, bringing leading international performers to the UK and co-commissioning some of the most influential artists and productions of the last decade.
Prior to the Barbican, Louise’s previous roles include Administrative Director at the Nottingham Playhouse, Head of Production at Bayerische Staatsoper and Technical Director of English National Opera.
Catherine May (appointed June 2011)
Catherine May is a company director and business consultant with over 25 years of experience advising and leading some of the world’s most successful blue chip companies. She is the principal of a leadership coaching practice and a founder and director of Pop Concepts Limited, as well as serving as non-executive trustee for English National Opera (ENO) and for the National Funding Scheme (NFS).
She has held executive committee roles at SABMiller plc, Centrica plc and Reed Elsevier plc.
Catherine chairs the ENO’s Advisory Board.
Huw van Steenis (appointed November 2015)
Huw van Steenis FRSA is a British financier formerly at Morgan Stanley where he led Financials Research. Van Steenis has won numerous investment awards and his views have appeared widely in the international media and in testimony. He sits on a number of advisory panels including the World Economic Forum’s Agenda Council on Banking, the WEF’s Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services Group and the European Central Bank’s Macro-Prudential and Financial Stability Group.
Huw has a life-long interest in classical music growing up with a concert pianist, composer, choirmaster and organist in the family, and is an active supporter of the arts. He was educated at Oxford and INSEAD and is married with 3 boys.
Jonathan Sumption, OBE (appointed June 2015)
Jonathan Sumption, OBE, is a British judge, author and mediaeval historian. He practised at the bar for 35 years, serving as a deputy High Court judge in the Chancery Division, a judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and the Guernsey and a member of the Judicial Appointments Commission for England and Wales. In January 2012 he was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court, the first person appointed to the court directly from the bar since its inception in 2009.
Jonathan is a Deputy Chair of the Royal Academy of Music.
Patti White (appointed September 2016)
Patti White has been President, since 2012, of the American Friends of ENO (AFENO), a US-based autonomous not-for-profit organisation that organises up to six events annually and contributes over £100,000 to ENO annual fundraising efforts. Patti has been involved with AFENO since 2004.
Outside of ENO, since 2006, Patti has sat on the Board and acted as Chair from 2013-2015 for the UK-based charity the UK Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. This supports the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. and the UK Friends will sponsor the first exhibition to travel to London from the NMWA, opening at the Whitechapel Gallery in 2017.
Patti brings to the ENO Board a wealth of experience in strategic planning for fundraising, advocacy and volunteering.
Anthony Whitworth-Jones (appointed 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 that, Anthony 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, Board Secretary
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.