I have been involved with AYM since 2002, as its Chair for a while, and I’m proud to be one of the board of Trustees (they are amazing) where I lead on communications and provide oversight, strategic direction and help with events and fundraising. That’s mission critical. In practical terms, the best thing that I can do is to be a 24/7 ambassador – to promote the value of our work and to make “things” happen through connections and ideas. One thing is for sure, I am zealous about AYM being relevant for a culturally rich, diverse and changing modern society, so that not only those young people whose families can afford to pay to develop specialist musicianship skills get ahead, but also to make sure that those with talent and in most need have a good opportunity to reach their potential, excel and grow with confidence. For a hardy and ruthlessly efficient organisation like ours that means – hats off and hands in.
It’s important to me that, as an independent charity, we keep true to our vision and keep young people at the heart of what we do, and yet maintain our agility in working with partners, policy makers and donors alike so that all our fundraising efforts are all about responding to their needs and not about running a machine. That’s what I feel we are here to do – to help those talented and dedicated young people fulfil their hopes and dreams of becoming the best kind of musicians that they can possibly be.