Management

Meet the team leading MIO

Tessa Marchington
MANAGING DIRECTOR, (FOUNDER)
Tessa graduated from Leeds University and then completed her post-graduate studies on the piano at The Royal Academy of Music. Graduating in 2007, Tessa founded ‘Music in Offices’ in response to a need she saw for music to play a more vital role in people’s daily life. Tessa has given talks about MIO for TedX Brighton, The Guild of Health Writers and at the Royal Academy of Music. She has been interviewed about the benefits of music for BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’, BBC London and Radio 4’s ‘Women’s Hour’. Tessa is also Director of the Investec International Music Festival.
Ann Barkway
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Ann read music at Hull University, graduating in 2000, and spent more than ten years working in music publishing, before establishing her own music education consultancy business in 2011. Through this, she has led an international singing project for Aldeburgh Music creating performance opportunities for more than 80,000 children, worked with Mahogany Opera Group to lead and develop its young people's programme, and consulted for BBC Learning, Trinity College London, Charanga, and other organisations.
Louise Alissi
HEAD OF MARKETING
Louise joined MIO in June and is responsible for managing our brand and developing and delivering an integrated programme of communications to all of our audiences. Louise 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.
Catrin Lewis
TUITION MANAGER
Catrin joined the MIO team in March 2013 and provides the support to ensure MIO’s busy tuition department runs smoothly. Originally from Aberystwyth, she read music at Jesus College, Oxford and has recently completed her MMus in Vocal Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Before discovering her love of singing, Catrin worked for the Welsh Assembly Government and as a project officer for a local authority. She now combines her role at MIO with her work as a freelance teacher and singer.
Robert Garland
CHOIR MANAGER
Robert graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2011 in Vocal Performance and Opera. On graduating he was elected as Student Union President and spent a happy year running the Union and helping the students in both an academic and pastoral role. Since moving to London Robert has been working as a freelance singer and taken up contracts most notably with Northern Ireland Opera and Nevill Holt Opera with whom he covered the role of Papageno in their recent production of Die Zauberflote.
Kam-Mei Chak
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Kam-Mei is a social media expert who combines over 15 years of project management and business development in the media and post-production industries with strategic social media experience.  She is passionate about navigating the frontiers of the digital landscape and harnessing the power of social to communicate MIO's unique message to an ever-growing audience.