The Foundation for Young Musicians (FYM), a registered charity, has been supporting CYM by raising funds for bursaries and special projects since 1990. FYM’s Bursary Fund enables families who are struggling financially to receive help with their fees.

If you would like to find out more about our work supporting CYM and LSSO, please get in touch.

Jackie Inverdale
FYM Director 

Bethan Wood
Marketing & Communications Manager

Thank you for your support.

FYM Board of Trustees


Sir Bob Reid (Chairman)

Sir Bob Reid is a Director of Diligenta Limited.  He is Chairman of the Foundation for Young Musicians and Learning Through Landscapes.

He joined Shell in 1956 and spent much of his career overseas, including posts in Brunei, Nigeria, Thailand and Australia. He was Chairman and Chief Executive of Shell UK Limited from 1985 until he retired in 1990. He was Chairman of British Rail for five years leading up to privatisation. He was also a Deputy Governor of the Bank of Scotland until he retired in 2004. He was born in Cupar, Fife.

Lisia Bassett

Lisia is a chartered accountant and works for Prudential. She qualified with Ernst & Young in London before joining Lloyds Banking Group, where she spent 10 years working in Group planning and reporting, strategy, financial analysis and corporate finance.

Having attended junior music college as a bursary recipient herself, Lisia strongly advocates the benefits of a musical education and that it should be accessible to all.

Ruth Jenkins

Currently company secretary for her own bespoke furniture making business which Ruth runs with her husband, Ruth is a trained nurse, midwife and registered family planning nurse but no longer practising in those professions. Ruth has two grown up children who were at CYM for eleven years each and who were also members of both the LYWB and LSSO.

Ruth was vice chair of the Friends of CYM for many years as well as canteen purchaser. Ruth is a school governor at Dalmain Primary school in Forest Hill and chair of a Scout Group in Forest Hill.

Nick Lawson

Nick is a chartered accountant and freelance Finance Director.  He trained and practiced with Spicer and Oppenheim and Touche Ross in London before spending 8 years with Inchcape plc in the motors division.  Since 2000 he has worked predominantly with early stage businesses as well as having been a school governor and treasurer to various charities.  He is a founder and director of Vocality Singing, a Surrey based business that promotes choral singing in local communities.


Humphrey Norrington

Humphrey joined Barclays Bank in 1960, retiring in 1993 as vice-chairman. He then became chairman of Christian Media Trust and vice-chairman of Mildmay Mission Hospital. He was also treasurer of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Royal College of Music, and World Vision International.

Russell O’Brien

Russell is the Group Treasurer of Royal Dutch Shell plc. He has worked for Shell since 1996 and has undertaken various finance roles across many parts of the world. He is a fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Russell is married with three children, one who attends the Junior Guildhall music school. He enjoys playing the trombone and has a passion for helping children thrive through early access to music.


Marcus Price

Marcus has worked in a number of organisations in a 20 year career in the City of London, including the Bank of England and Lloyds Banking Group.

He has worked in the fields of strategy, risk and P&L management. Alongside his professional life, Marcus is passionate about supporting social enterprises that provide opportunities for the disadvantaged and is a Trustee of FYM (City of London) and a Director of Mow & Grow (Norwich).

Christopher Warren-Green

British conductor, Christopher Warren-Green is Music Director of both the London Chamber Orchestra and Charlotte Symphony in North Carolina. 

He has worked extensively in North America, with key engagements including The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Detroit, Houston, St. Louis, Toronto, Milwaukee, Seattle and Vancouver symphony orchestras, the Minnesota Orchestra and Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra. In Europe, he has worked with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Iceland Symphony, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and Tampere Philharmonic amongst others. And further afield, with orchestras such as the NHK, Singapore and Sapporo symphony orchestras and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. 

In addition to his international commitments, he has been invited to conduct at the wedding services of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, in 2005, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey in 2011 and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in 2018. He conducted the London Chamber Orchestra on the occasion of HM The Queen’s 80th birthday and The Philharmonia Orchestra for Her Majesty 90th birthday in a concert at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, as well as HRH The Prince of Wales’ 60th birthday concert in Buckingham Palace. 

A violinist by training, Warren-Green was a founder pupil of the Centre for Young Musicians and went on to the Royal Academy. He began his career as concertmaster of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, followed by the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, having been a Professor there for eight years, and has appeared numerous times on television and radio. He has recorded extensively for Sony, Philips, Virgin EMI, Chandos, Decca and Deutsche Grammophon, and records with the London Chamber Orchestra for Signum Classics.