Sir Roger Gifford
Roger was born in St Andrews, Scotland and educated at Sedbergh School and Trinity College, Oxford. He began his career in the financial sector at S.G. Warburg & Co in the 1970s, joining the Nordic bank SEB in 1982. Prior to his appointment as Head of SEB London, Roger worked in the capital markets in London and headed the bank’s operations in Japan for six years. He has been Chairman and is now Vice Chairman of the Association of Foreign Banks. His business interests lie in raising finance for companies in the global capital markets.
In 2004, Roger was elected as Alderman for the Ward of Cordwainer in the City of London. He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, as well as the International Bankers and the Cordwainers livery companies. He became the 685th Lord Mayor of the City of London in November 2012.
Roger is a Trustee of several charities as well as a patron for MyBnk. He is Chairman of the English Chamber Orchestra charity and Tenebrae Choir and is a trustee of the City Music Foundation, St Paul’s Cathedral Foundation and the Barbican Centre Trust. He was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to international business, culture and the City.
Sir Nicholas Kenyon
He was a music critic for The New Yorker, The Times and Observer, and editor of Early Music 1983-92. He was appointed Controller of BBC Radio 3 in 1992, was responsible for the award-winning seasons Fairest Isle and Sounding the Century. He oversaw the BBC’s programming for the Millennium and then ran the BBC’s Live Events and TV Classical Music departments. He was Director of the BBC Proms from 1996 to 2007. He has continued to write and lecture on the arts, publishing books on Bach, Mozart, Simon Rattle, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and early music. He is a member of Arts Council England, a board member of English National Opera and Sage Gateshead, and a Trustee of the Dartington Hall Trust. He was knighted in the 2008 New Year Honours. He is married with four children and lives in London.
Dr. Andrew Parmley
Andrew Parmley was born in Lancashire and was educated at the Royal Academy of Music and Manchester, London and Cambridge Universities. He has been an elected Member of Common Council since 1992 and was elected Alderman of Vintry Ward in 2001 upon the retirement of Sir John Chalstrey. He has served on most of the Corporation’s committees and has been Chairman of both the City of London School for Girls and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
He is Principal at the Harrodian School in West London, Organist of Wren’s “lantern”, St James Garlickhythe, and a specialist in seventeenth century French music.
He is a member of eight Livery Companies and was Master Musician in 2011-2012; he supports several charities and is Chairman of the Montessori St Nicholas Charity.