Who we are

Hand picked from the very best!

Management Team 

Tessa Marchington
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.
Georgina-Lauren Thompson
Executive Assistant
Georgina graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Portsmouth in 2014. After graduating, she undertook a management graduate scheme at Enterprise Rent-A-Car where she increased her knowledge and understanding of project management, events management and marketing. She also runs her own live music events privately and is in the course of completing a DDI in tap and modern dance alongside working at MIO.
Catrin Lewis
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
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
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
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

Dominic Ellis-Peckham
Dominic Ellis-Peckham is a conductor of immense energy and focus, delivering ‘gutsy, raw and exciting performances’. He is renowned for his dedication to the Renaissance and Baroque era, whilst also passionately championing new works and delivering inspirational collaborations. Praised internationally for his ‘freshness and vitality’ in the direction of orchestral and choral performances and recordings. Dominic holds an array of conducting posts, including Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of The Chamber Choir of London, Music Director of London Oriana Choir, Artistic Director of The Fourth Choir, Guest Conductor for London Mozart Players, Guest Chorus Master for The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Assistant Music Director of The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Oxford.
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.
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.’
Rachel Staunton
From an early age Rachel Staunton had a passion for all things choral. She began singing with the award-winning Berkshire Youth Choir as a teenager and then with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. She gained a choral scholarship to read music at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she graduated with a first class honours degree. With a keen desire to become a choral conductor, she then studied at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with numerous awards and an LRAM postgraduate diploma in choral conducting teaching. Rachel is an enthusiastic music educator. She held the post of vocal director for In Harmony Opera North (Classic FM’s Music Education Project of the Year 2014) and spent several years establishing the Opera North Children’s Chorus. Over the past decade Rachel has worked as Assistant Director of the Training and Senior Choirs of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and has directed the Junior Girls’ Choir.
Will Lang
From a young age music has been Will’s life – now much in demand as a workshop facilitator, musician and composer; Will’s music has been featured on BBC Radio 2, 3 and BBC 6Music with performances in many prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall. He has been lucky enough to travel the world in the corporate events field, working on productions for Bahrain F1, Venetian Macau, and Dell to name a few. ​ Will is a passionate advocate of life changing musical experiences and as such he has worked extensively with Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now! scheme and as Lead Musician for CLIC Sargent’s national music programme. In 2016 he was invited to take part in an APPG for the arts and wellbeing in Westminster, speaking about the transformative power of arts intervention in everyday life.


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