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.

Alex Cisneros

Alex is a barrister at No5 Chambers in London. He specialises in public law and human rights. Prior to coming to the Bar, he worked in the House of Lords and has extensive policy, advocacy and fundraising experience – working with NGOs, with government and with Parliamentarians both regionally and internationally.

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).