Executive Director, Birmingham City Symphony Orchestra.
Was born in Lichfield in 1968. He went to school in Sussex, and studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at New College, Oxford, graduating in 1990.
After three years with BBC Radio 3 he was appointed by Sir John Drummond as Planning Assistant for the BBC Proms, and in 1995 the new role of Administrator was created for him when Nicholas Kenyon became Proms Director. In this capacity he oversaw all aspects of artistic planning, logistics, budgeting, broadcast liaison, marketing and public affairs for the BBC Proms until the end of the 1999 season, a period which saw a significant expansion of the festival's scale of activities, international profile, range of repertoire and performers, and its live and broadcast audiences.
In 1999 he was appointed Chief Executive of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, where he is responsible for all the activities of one of the world's great symphony orchestras, and also for its four choruses, its youth orchestra, its learning programme and its administrative and rehearsal home, CBSO Centre.
He has been a CD reviewer for the BBC Music Magazine and programme note writer for the Wigmore Hall, an artistic assessor for the Scottish Government, a member of the National Directors’ Forum of the National Campaign for the Arts, and a board member of the Association of British Orchestras, Warwick Arts Centre, Birmingham Arts Marketing, Marketing Birmingham and a Governor of Hodge Hill School.
He is currently a Director of Culture Central, a Trustee of the Henry Barber Trust and a Patron of Schola Cantorum of Oxford. He is also one half of the Midlands team on BBC Radio 4’s Round Britain Quiz.
He was awarded an OBE for Services to Music in the 2017 New Year’s Honours.