Our Board of Directors

Michael Beverley, DL (Chairman)

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Michael spent the first 28 years of his business career with Arthur Andersen and retired in 2001. He was first appointed partner at Arthur Andersen in 1985, regional office (North of England) managing partner 1994-98. He was latterly UK regional and senior managing partner responsible for 3,500 people, 11 offices and a turnover of £350m, retiring in 2001. From 2001 to 2009 Michael focused on developing a range of businesses centred on healthcare and property. Principally One Medical, Telemedcare (vital signs software), United Health Group (developer of care homes and care villages), Creative Care and Therapy (child care and therapy centres) and Yorkshire Ventures which is involved in residential development. At the end of 2009 Michael reorganised is business interests to focus all his business efforts on One Medical and One Medicare. Member Industrial Development Board DTI 2000-06, Advisory Board University of Leeds Business School 2001-09;Chairman Opera North 1998; Governor Leeds Metropolitan University 1991-98; FCA 1981 (ACA 1976), FRSA

David Brierwood, (Deputy Chairman)

brierwood bwnewDavid is a Crown Representative in the Cabinet Office of the Government advising on management of strategic suppliers. Board positions include;Greensill Capital, a specialty supply chain finance company; Preqin, providing data on private asset classes and Rimes, a company offering managed data services for asset managers. David was previously Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Stanley’s global securities businesses, and subsequently Chief Operating Officer of MSCI, an NYSE listed provider of Investment Analytics. In his spare time David is an enthusiastic classical guitarist. David holds a BSc from Imperial College, London and an MBA from Manchester Business School.

David Best

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Having joined Morgan Stanley in 1997, David Best is now Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and Deputy Chief Operating Officer for EMEA, based in London.  He was appointed Chairman of the Morgan Stanley UK Group Pension Trustee Limited in November 2014.  In October 2015 David joined the FICC Market Standards Board Conduct and Ethics Standing Committee and in 2016 became a Member of the Supervisory Management Board of
MS Bank AG. In January 2017 he joined the Audit and Oversight
Committee of the British Banking Association. David is a qualified
Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the ICAEW and a 
Freeman of the City of London.

Virginia Fraser

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Virginia Fraser is half Italian; brought up in London she attended the French Lycée throughout her education. After studying Russian and Byzantine Art at London University, she lived in Scotland for 20 years and served on the Board of Scottish Ballet focussing on development for 8 years. In 1998, Virginia married the political journalist Frank Johnson and later joined the Board of the Think Tank Policy Exchange where she served for 6 years. In 2008 she published a collection of his political writings. In 2009, Virginia became a director of Vocal Futures; she has been a contributing Editor and writer at the Conde Nast House and Garden Magazine for 22 years, lives in London and the Languedoc and has 4 children. In 2015 she became a Board member of the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner is one of the most versatile and sought after conductors of our time. Founder and artistic director of the Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, he appears regularly with leading symphony orchestras such as the LSO, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Royal Concertgebouw, Bayerischer Rundfunk and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Acknowledged as a key figure in the early music revival of the past four decades, Gardiner has led his own ensembles in a number of ground-breaking projects and international tours, including the year-long Bach Cantata Pilgrimage to mark the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death in the millennium year. The extent of Gardiner’s repertoire is illustrated by over 250 recordings for major record companies and by numerous international awards including the Gramophone Special Achievement Award. He was awarded a CBE in 1990 and was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 1998 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. His acclaimed book on Bach, Music in the Castle of Heaven, was published by Penguin in the UK and by Knopf in the USA in 2013. He is currently President of the Bach Archive in Leipzig.

Lady Gardiner

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Italian born Isabella Gardiner has worked in the music industry since the age of 18 as a radio programmer, festival organiser, record company executive with Philips Classics and Deutsche Gramophone (where she was head of worldwide Artist Promotion) and recording producer. After the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000 she set up the Soli Deo Gloria label. She now lives between London and Dorset; the granddaughter of La Scala's legendary music director, Victor de Sabata, and wife of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. 

Joanne Merry

Joanne started work as an economist at the Bank of England and then qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC working as a corporate tax manager until 1992. She managed Michael Green’s private companies at Carlton Communications plc for six years before joining a small management consultancy with ex Bank of England and PwC colleagues. More recently she has been teaching Mathematics at Francis Holland School. She is also a keen amateur choral singer.

Antony Peattie 

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Anthony Peattie is a writer and journalist. He regularly writes on Opera for numerous newspapers and periodicals.

Nicola Ramsden 

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Nicola became a Trustee of the Monteverdi Trust in 2008 and joined the Board of MCO Ltd in 2014. Since 1997 she has been a Trustee of The BEARR Trust which supports voluntary organisations working in health and social welfare in Russia and Eurasia. Prior to that she was Manager at the Moscow Office of management consultants Braxton Associates, a member of the World Bank / EBRD consortium advising the Russian Government on its Mass Privatisation policy and implementation and manager of the Know-How Fund project to develop capital markets in Russia. Prior to that Nicola was Associate Director at NatWest Markets specialised in corporate finance: M&A, rights issues, company flotations and Research Analyst at the Bank of England in the Bank’s International Division providing country analysis and forecasting for Western European countries, and analysis of developments in international capital markets. Nicola read Modern History at Jesus College Oxford and has an MBA from London Business School.

Nicholas Snowman
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Nicholas Snowman was educated at Highgate School and read English Literature at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Current positions include: Chairman - Wartski Ltd, Director - V&A Foundation, Vice-Chairman - Ensemble Intercontemporain, Trustee – Aurora, Music Restored and Purbeck Chamber Music Festival, and Development Board - Hampstead Theatre. Previous positions include: co-founder and General Manager, London Sinfonietta; co-founder and artistic advisor, Ensemble Intercontemporain; Artistic Director and later Chief Executive, Southbank Centre; General Director, Glyndebourne, Directeur Général, Opéra National du Rhin; Artistic Director, IRCAM, Centre Pompidou, Member, the Venice Biennale Music Committee; Artistic Director, Lille Festival; Member, Cultural Olympiad Board; Member, Franco-British Council; Board member and Patron, RAM. Nicholas has been awarded the following honours: Légion d'Honneur; Ordre National du Mérite; Ordre des Arts et Lettres; OBE; Polish order of Cultural Merit. Nicholas is married to Margo Rouard and has a son, Hector.

Prof. John Fletcher Smyth
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John Smyth's music career began as a treble singing duets with a remarkable teenage tenor, John Eliot Gardiner. Later as a bass choral exhibitioner at Trinity College Cambridge he studied under Raymond Leppard and John Carol-Case, was leader of the College orchestra and a founder member of the Monteverdi Choir. He has been privileged to sing on and off for 50 years with the Monteverdi Choir, and is now on their board of directors. He qualified in medicine at St. Bartholomew's Hospital and after training in London and the USA was appointed to the inaugural Chair of Medical Oncology at Edinburgh University in 1979. Over the next 30 years he developed the Edinburgh Cancer Centre to be amongst the world leaders in the development of new anticancer drugs. As one of the founders of medical oncology in Europe he has served as President of the European Society of Medical Oncology and the Federation of European Cancer Societies, and Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Cancer. He has published over 300 papers and contributed to more than 40 books on various aspects of cancer. When neither singing nor worrying about cancer he enjoys flying light aircraft and trying to catch salmon in the Scottish highlands. He is married to the internationally recognised clinical psychologist Professor Ann Smyth (Cull). Between them they have 4 daughters and to date 10 grandchildren.