Who we are

Hand picked from the very best!

Management Team 

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.

Advisory Board 

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.

Development Workshop Leaders

David Lawrence
David Lawrence is one of the UK's most versatile conductors, working with orchestras, symphony choruses and national youth choirs. He has conducted in more than 20 countries, including India, the USA, UAE, Singapore, and has worked regularly in Australia since 2005. David is on the choral staff of the London Symphony Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and is well known as a leader of ‘big sing’ events, such as the 700-voice Spem in Alium he conducted for BBC 4 and the Young Voices concert series, which annually sees him conduct choirs of more than 8,000 singers.
Lucy Griffiths
Lucy Griffiths is much in demand as a conductor, workshop leader and animateur. She is Assistant Director of Music at the University of Warwick, Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra's Junior Choir, and Musical Director of the Severn Trent Water Choir. She has a busy and varied career, working with many of the UK's orchestras and opera companies. Lucy is a specialist in the field of choral education and engagement. She believes passionately in the power of music to positively transform lives, and enjoys working with singers of ages and from all walks of life.
Jez Wiles
Jez Wiles has made music with Pierre Boulez and The London Symphony Orchestra; on stage with Carlos Acosta and The Royal Ballet; with Massive Attack, Tim Minchin, Goldie and Jamie Cullum with The Heritage Orchestra; on film recordings such as Antman, Dad’s Army, The Man form U.N.C.L.E. and Gold; on albums by Brian Eno, Foy Vance and ABC; at Notting Hill Carnival on the street with Paraiso School of Samba since 2002; and in schools, hospices, offices and prisons for LSO Discovery and Create. He also teaches at London College of Music where he is completing a Masters in Music Industry Management and Artist Development, the research element of which is driven by an interest in cultural meeting points in music making of all kinds.
Robbie Jacobs
Robbie Jacobs was the Senior Choral Scholar at King's College, Cambridge, before studying Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music. He is now a professional conductor and tenor working with a number of choirs across the UK, including professional choir - Reverie, which he founded in 2012, The National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Southend Festival Chorus, and a number of choirs for Music in Offices. He is an Arsenal supporter and slow but persistent jogger.
Lincoln Abbotts
Lincoln is a musician, workshop leader, and leadership and team building consultant for Music in Offices. He engages teams and delivers programmes using a musical mindset to affect management thinking. Through presenting different approaches to listening, working collaboratively, responding, leading and exploring the power and role of the conductor, Lincoln offers a unique approach to leadership styles. He is Executive Director of Strategic Development at ABRSM (the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, delivering over 65k music exams and assessments every year in 93 countries). Lincoln’s role builds on the organisation’s 127-year history, and he has specific responsibility for partnership building, research and public affairs work.
Sandy Burnett
Sandy Burnett enjoys a varied career that embraces conducting, broadcasting, playing double bass, and communicating his passion for music. He spent a decade as one of the key music presenters on BBC Radio 3. On double bass he is a regular at Ronnie Scott's and other leading jazz venues. Conducting credits include a complete cycle of Bach cantatas and work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre and in London's West End. He leads lecture trips to European music festivals for ACE Cultural Tours, and has spoken on music and creativity at TEDx and for the UK Civil Service.
Catherine Arlidge
Catherine is a violinist, educator and concert presenter. Appointed by Sir Simon Rattle, she is a member of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, dedicating her professional life to performing, touring and recording with the CBSO, along side a busy programme of educational activities. She is also a founder member of The Stringcredibles and programmes and presents concerts across the UK for children, families and audiences new to classical music. She is a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Salomon Prize, a prestigious award celebrating ‘her great skill for motivating and inspiring colleagues, and for engaging with her audience.’

Conductors

Ellie Moran
Conductor
Phil Wilcox
Conductor
Laurel Neighbour
Conductor
Laura Mildner
Conductor
Ben Clark
Conductor
Calum Fraser
Conductor
Eleanor Rastall
Conductor
Esmeralda Conde Ruiz
Conductor
Hannah Brine
Conductor
Hilary Campbell
Conductor
James Davey
Conductor
Joel Thomas
Conductor
Malachy Frame
Conductor
Mark Sproson
Conductor
Laura Monaghan
Conductor
Rose Martin
Kemal Yusuf

Teachers

Louisa Petais
Tutor
Ayako Watanabe
Tutor
Justin Harmer
Tutor
Petra Hajduchova
Tutor
Will Robertson
Tutor
Vassilis Chatzimakris
Tutor
Jenni Watson
Tutor
Necati Emirzade
Tutor
Lise-Marie Steve
Tutor
James Taylor
Tutor
Tamás Gyurcsó
Tutor
Shin Suzuma
Tutor
Marco Meloni
Tutor
Katherine Burr
Tutor
Nick Morton
Tutor
Ben Smith
Tutor