Board of Advisors

Meet the experts guiding MIO

Richard Morris
Chairman
Richard Morris MA (Oxon) Hon FRAM RCM RNCM, formerly a solicitor, investment banker and publisher, has worked in music education for over 20 years. He was Chief Executive of ABRSM (1993-2009) and now serves as Chairman and Trustee of various organisations in this field, including the Yehudi Menuhin School, Music Mark and the Mayor’s Music Fund (which he co-founded in 2011).
Christian Grobel
Christian began his career at KPMG and qualified as a chartered accountant. He then joined EMI Music and subsequently FremantleMedia. He spent several years working in the US before returning to London in 2012. He is currently MD and a co-founder of NVC, a digital talent and social media marketing agency, based in London and Berlin. Christian became Chair of Contact the Elderly in 2015, a national charity dedicated to relieving the loneliness of isolated elderly people. His other interests include music, having co-founded the London Choral Sinfonia also in 2015, performing classical choral music to the highest standards.
Deirdre Walker
Deirdre Walker is Head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation for Europe, Middle East and Asia at Norton Rose Fulbright. Deirdre has experience in all forms of dispute resolution including litigation, mediation and arbitration as well as general banking and commercial dispute resolution with a particular specialism in commercial fraud and interlocutory applications. Deirdre became a partner in 1997 and Group Head in 2009. Deirdre helped launch Music in Offices at NRF in 2007 and was Tessa’s first piano pupil when she began her piano career continuing up to Grade 5.
Louise Alissi
Louise is a Senior Marketing Communications consultant with extensive experience financial services and energy. Skilled in large-scale campaign management, internal and change communications, she has worked for a number of well-known brands including the Bank of England, Centrica and the Money Advice Service. She is has been responsible for significant behaviour change campaigns and corporate rebrands with budgets in excess of £20m, including the ‘Ask MA’ campaign at the Money Advice Service.
Ben Morgan
Ben worked as a lawyer in the City for 10 years before taking up a position on the management board of the UK Serious Fraud Office. There, he is the joint head of Bribery and Corruption, responsible for the British government's investigation and prosecution of multi-national corporates and connected individuals. Ben regularly speaks at events internationally, in particular on the role businesses can play in contributing to thriving and morally sound economies.