Our Volunteers

Meet our Trustees, Committee Members, Area Volunteers and Future Leaders

Trustees

Jonathan Macdonald

Chair

Jonathan studied piano and organ at the Royal College of Music and went on to read music at Oxford University where he was the organ scholar at Balliol College. He subsequently embarked on a career in finance, working over a 35+ year career in New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and London.

Appointed to the Board of Trustees of Cathedral Music Trust in 2020, Jonathan has treasured the opportunity to be actively involved once more in the world of music. He is a passionate advocate for the wide-ranging benefits of music education. Responsible, along with his fellow board members, for the Trust’s performance, strategy and policy, Jonathan is an energetic ambassador for the Trust as it seeks to sustain and develop the UK’s proud heritage of excellence in cathedral music – a tradition which is admired and followed by millions of people across the world

Giverny McAndry

Secretary

Giverny is a charities lawyer with Russell-Cooke LLP, having trained at an international city firm. While studying Music and Law at the University of Cambridge, where she sang with the chapel choirs of Sidney Sussex and Trinity colleges, Giverny co-founded Sing Inside, a charity that brings collaborative singing workshops into UK prisons, and remains their Head of Policy.  She was previously a non-executive director of the Stay At Home Choir, a global community of 25,000+ people from 80+ countries united by a love of singing, and herself sings freelance with a number of consorts and choirs. Based between London and Vienna, Giverny’s travel plans centre mainly around ticking off Europe’s 100 Best Cathedrals (as ranked by Simon Jenkins in his most recent book).

Gavin Ralston

Chair, Finance & Audit Committee

Gavin recently retired after a long career in asset management at Schroders, but remains a Senior Advisor to the firm and sits on two boards in financial services. Gavin’s love of cathedral music started in the late 1970s whilst studying for a Classics degree at University College, Oxford, but blossomed much later thanks to a nine-year term as a non-executive Chapter member at St Paul’s Cathedral. He remains closely associated with St Paul’s in a number of formal roles as well as a worshipper.

He is now Canon Treasurer at Peterborough Cathedral and a churchwarden of St Lawrence Jewry in the City of London.  Away from church music, he is a half-marathon runner, a lover of opera, and is proud of his London garden.

Isobel Pinder

Chair, Programmes Committee

Isobel is currently Chair of the Trust’s Programmes Committee and brings to the role many years of experience working as a management consultant with clients in the public and not-for-profit sectors, with a particular focus on strategy and governance. As a school governor, she sees at first hand the difficulties of securing a decent music education for young people. Isobel is also Chair of a small grant-giving charity.

Isobel’s love for cathedral music stems from her time as an undergraduate at Oxford University, where she sang for four years in her chapel choir. At the time, Isobel and her contemporaries particularly welcomed the free sherry and dinner in Hall provided after each service. With hindsight, it was a real privilege to sing a wide repertoire of cathedral music in such a beautiful setting. Isobel has enjoyed singing ever since, when her day job as a management consultant and her moonlighting as a Roman archaeologist permit.

Sue Hind Woodward

Chair, Development Committee

Sue’s eclectic business background brings a breadth of experience to the role of Chair for the Trust’s Development Committee. Her career in charity fundraising, marketing and management, music, and insurance broking has spanned the voluntary, public and private sectors. Sue has a substantial track record in capital fundraising appeals, major gifts, corporate and trust giving, community fundraising, events and volunteer management and is currently a trustee for the Billion Child Foundation and a member of the Central Region Schools’ Trust, founded by the Royal Society of Arts. Sue is a violinist and sings with three London-based choirs. She is also the Convenor of the Singing Ladies for The Madrigal Society.

Jason Groves

Development Committee member

Originally from Sydney, Jason is Director of Media Relations at a global insurance firm. He is Chair of Dive In, the festival for promoting greater diversity and inclusion in the worldwide insurance sector. Prior to his current role he was editor of one of the world’s oldest financial magazines, and a leading commentator on the insurance sector. Jason is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, a Freeman of the City of London and a former Court Assistant of the Company of Communicators. He serves as chairman of the London Piano Festival, a board member of The Prince’s Business Emergency Resilience Group and is churchwarden of one of Christopher Wren’s City of London architectural gems.

David Hill MBE

Trustee

Renowned for his fine musicianship, David is widely respected as both a choral and orchestral conductor. Current roles include Musical Director of The Bach Choir, Associate Guest Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum. He was formerly Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers, Director of Music at St John’s College, Cambridge, and Master of the Music at Winchester and Westminster cathedrals. David boasts an impressive discography of recordings, and has been a recipient of both Grammy and Gramophone awards. His commitment to new music has led to premieres of works by leading composers including Judith Bingham OBE, Bob Chilcott, Sir James MacMillan, Sir John Tavener and Jonathan Dove. In 2018, David was honoured with the prestigious Royal College of Organists medal, in recognition of distinguished achievement in choral conducting and organ playing, and in 2019 he was awarded an MBE for services to music.

Stuart Laing

Development Committee member

Stuart had a first career in the British Foreign Service, serving in Saudi Arabia, Brussels, Prague and Cairo, and as High Commissioner in Brunei, Ambassador in Muscat, and Ambassador in Kuwait. He was then Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge for ten years, and now researches, writes and lectures on Arab and East African history. He co-authored a book on Omani-British history, Unshook Till the End of Time, and published a biography of Tippu Tip, the 19th century Arab-African ivory trader. He plays the piano, organ and oboe, has sung in several chamber choirs, and as a keyboard player enjoys chamber music and works for four hands. Stuart intends to contribute to the Trust’s Development strategy and to expansion of the corps of donors and benefactors.

Dr James Lancelot

Assessment Panel member

James’ early chorister training at St Paul’s Cathedral, where he sang at the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill, led to the organ scholarship at King’s College, Cambridge and via ten years at Winchester Cathedral as Sub-Organist to thirty-two happy years as Master of the Choristers and Organist of Durham Cathedral. ‘Retirement’ has included two interim positions: Organist and Director of Music of Worcester Cathedral and Acting Organist of New College, Oxford, and he continues to give recitals in the UK and on the Continent.

He and his wife Sylvia are happily settled in Tewkesbury, where they enjoy the beautiful music offered throughout the week in that glorious building.  A lifelong interest in railways (especially in the era of steam trains) provides a contrast to his musical activities.

Heather Morgan

Programmes Committee member

Heather is a Tribunal Judge, having worked for many years in various parts of the criminal justice system, including the Parole Board. She has worshipped at Exeter Cathedral since she was a student at Exeter University, where she read English. The first lay member of Exeter Cathedral Chapter, she has served in many roles for both the Cathedral and the Diocese, as well as being a school governor for the Northbrook Community Trust.

Heather is married to Paul Morgan, Organist Emeritus of the Cathedral. In her spare time, when not working in the garden, she watches Exeter Chiefs and Somerset CCC.

James Mustard

Programmes Committee member

James was installed as Canon Precentor at Exeter Cathedral in 2018. Following a career as a freelance musician, he studied Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge and trained for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge. After participating in an exchange programme at Yale Divinity School, he was ordained in 2005 and served his title at the Church of St Peter Mancroft, Norwich. From 2008, he was Assistant Priest at St Peter’s Church, Eaton Square in London, before becoming Rector of East Barnet in North London in 2012 and Area Dean of Barnet in 2015. He has a degree in Music from the University of Exeter and a degree in Systematic Theology from King’s College London.

Simon Toyne

Trustee

A renowned music educator and choral conductor, Simon received his early musical training as a chorister at Exeter Cathedral, later becoming Organ Scholar of University College, Oxford. For 24 years he was Director of Tiffin Boys’ Choir, where he prepared the choir for over 270 performances of operas at the Royal Opera House and for projects with the major conductors in the world. When Director of Music at All Saints’ Church, Kingston, he broadcast on BBC1, Radio 4 and World Service Radio. Since 2015, as Executive Director of Music at the David Ross Education Trust, he has developed a music programme for 14,500+ children in 34 state schools in the East Midlands, including the award-winning Singing Schools initiative. Simon actively contributes to national music education, serving on the Department for Education’s Expert Panels and the Monitoring Board for the National Plan for Music Education. Simon is Founder President of the Music Teachers Association and serves as the Music Director of the Northampton Bach Choir.

Our Committees

    • Sue Hind Woodward (Chair & Trustee)
    • Stuart Laing (Trustee)
    • Victoria McDougall (Director)
    • Mark Bellis
    • Henrietta Fraser
    • James Gurling
    • Robert Horton
    • Guy James
    • Jonathan Manners
    • Rupert Scarratt
    • Isobel Pinder (Chair & Trustee)
    • Heather Morgan (Trustee)
    • James Mustard (Trustee)
    • Cathy Dew (Director)
    • Thomas Allery
    • David Flood
    • Diana Johnson
    • Max Kramer
    • Benjamin Phillips
    • Gavin Ralston (Chair & Trustee)
    • Giverny McAndry (Honorary Secretary & Trustee)
    • Jonathan Macdonald (Chair of Trustees)
    • Isobel Pinder (Trustee)
    • Sue Hind Woodward (Trustee)
    • Jessica Lock (Director)
    • Daniel Maw
    • Henrietta Fraser (Chair)
    • Mark Bellis
    • Rosemary Downey
    • Jean Duerden
    • Victoria Eyre
    • Robert Horton
    • Neil Medland
    • Diana Johnson (Chair)
    • Jonathan Macdonald (Chair of Trustees)
    • Isobel Pinder (Trustee)
    • James Lancelot (Trustee)
    • Penelope Brown
    • Alexander Hamilton
    • Carl Jackson
    • Laura Worsfold

Future Leaders

Our next generation volunteers, leading the way on engaging a new audience for cathedral music.
  • Elizabeth Leather (Co-Chair)
  • David Whitworth (Co-Chair)
  • Ophelia Appleby
  • James Bartlett
  • Nicholas Bown
  • Isobel Chesman
  • Alistair Donaghue
  • Victoria Eyre
  • Charlotte Gauthier
  • Alexander Hamilton
  • Guy James
  • Iris Lam
  • Libby Marsland
  • Imogen Morgan
  • Benjamin Phillips
  • Dr Elizabeth Preece
  • Meg Rees
  • Jordan Theis
  • Ben Thompson
  • Graham Thorpe
  • Daisy Widdecombe

Area Volunteers

Our enthusiastic team of Local Ambassadors work as volunteers for Cathedral Music Trust in their local area. They actively support and encourage the music in their cathedral and in the churches where choirs regularly sing cathedral-style repertoire. They help arrange events in their local cathedrals and churches for the local Friends and assist in gaining new supporters for Cathedral Music Trust.

Their work is supported by our Regional Coordinators who have oversight of our Local Ambassadors’ activities across the UK.

Regional Coordinators

Local Ambassadors

Get involved

Join our team of volunteers

Cathedral Music Trust is recruiting volunteers to support its work promoting and increasing support of sacred choral and organ music across the UK.

If you are passionate about cathedral music and ensuring it is well-supported locally and nationally, then we want to hear from you.