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George Burnett (Founding Chair)

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George Burnett holds degrees in Classics and Law from the University of Glasgow and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Scotland. After holding a number of financial positions in industry, he and a business partner founded Ashtead Group PLC, now a major FTSE 100 company., where he was Managing Director and then Chief Executive. He was Chairman of Henderson Opportunities Trust and has been chairman of a number of private companies., including currently BOMAD Investments Ltd.

In the charitable sector, he was Chairman of what is now the University for the Creative Arts and is currently Chairman of The English Concert. He is also a trustee of two music societies. He has been working with Nicola in the setting up of the Foundation since 2018.

Nicola Benedetti CBE

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Internationally acclaimed violinist and advocate for music education, Nicola is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and spirited presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high-profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today. Nicola won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Artist in 2020, was awarded a CBE (2019) and the Queen’s Medal for Music (2016). She is a founding Trustee of the Benedetti Foundation.

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Chris Bliss

Chris Bliss spent over 36 years with Rawlinson & Hunter, retiring as a partner in September 2020. He was the Senior Partner and continues as a Consultant to the Firm. During his time at Rawlinson & Hunter he managed a broad-based client portfolio encompassing retail, trading and investment companies, professional partnerships, not-for-profit entities and certain high-profile sports and entertainment personalities. He also acted for a number of family groups which he continues to advise in his role as consultant.

Chris sits as a Trustee on a number of UK charities including the Benedetti Foundation. He has been associated with the Foundation since its creation and was appointed as a Trustee in 2019.

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Francis Cummings

As a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Francis has worked extensively with some of the most eminent conductors and soloists of our generation. A passionate and committed educator, Francis has held teaching posts at the University of Huddersfield, Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He was Director of Music at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh before taking up post as Director of Music for Sistema Scotland where he designed and shaped the curriculum and was instrumental in the founding of children’s orchestras in four Scottish cities. In summer 2018 Francis took up the post of Head of Junior Conservatoire at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland but continues teaching commitments at St Mary’s Music School.

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Veryan Exelby

Veryan began training with Farrer & Co in 1997 and was made a partner in 2005. She spent time living in both Tokyo and Hong Kong with her family before returning to the firm as a consultant in 2016. She studied at Gonville & Cauis College, Cambridge. Veryan is a consultant within the Safeguarding Unit at Farrer & Co., with a particular focus on safeguarding in schools. Previously she was a Partner of the Family team. Veryan is a Governor of Downe House School and of a local primary school, where she is the safeguarding lead. As of 1 July, she is also the Safeguarding Governor at St Paul’s School where she chairs the Safeguarding Committee.

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Theresa Lloyd

For the past 30 years Theresa has been a leading adviser on strategic philanthropy to families and non-profit organisations. She was the Founder Director of Philanthropy UK and is the author of A Guide to Giving (2003); Why Rich People Give (2004), Cultural Giving (2006) and Richer Lives (September 2013). Theresa has held several trusteeships, including Sadler’s Wells, CARE International UK, The Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign, The Young Vic, the Bath Preservation Trust, Bath University and Bath Spa University. She has also served on several development committees.

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Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer and bandleader, an educator, and a leading advocate of American culture. Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC), Wynton was instrumental in its establishment and the development of JALC's robust educational programming. Wynton has won nine Grammy Awards®, is the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards® for both jazz and classical records in the same year and the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards® in five consecutive years. Wynton was the first jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1997; he has been recognized for his excellent musicianship and poignant contributions to American culture as a 2021 inductee into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Wynton joined the Board of the Benedetti Foundation in September 2020.

Jonathan Moulds CBE

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Jonathan holds a number of roles at charitable organisations he has a personal interest in, particularly focusing on education and the Arts. He is widely regarded for his philanthropy and recognised as one of the most important private collectors of fine instruments in recent times, particularly those of Stradivarius and del Gesu, A number of his instruments are played by world leading soloists including Nicola Benedetti.  He chairs the Advisory Board of the London Symphony Orchestra and has been an active supporter and trustee of a number of the Prince of Wales' Charities as well as the Mayor of London's music fund. Jonathan has over thirty years’ experience in leading roles in the financial services industry having been head of Bank of America's International business and CEO of Merrill Lynch International post the Bank of America merger. He has worked for extended periods in key financial centres in Asia, Europe, and the US. Jonathan also currently serves on the Boards of a number of public listed companies including as Senior Independent Director of IG Holdings, a world leader in derivatives trading and as Chair of Litigation Capital Management, one of the most experienced litigation funders. 

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Janine Watson

With a background spanning a variety of sectors including private equity, financial services and law in Singapore, London, New York and Edinburgh, Janine is currently COO of an online learning platform that facilitates global quality healthcare education that is accessible to all. Janine joined the Benedetti Foundation in March 2020 as a Trustee and also sits on the Board of Smart Works Edinburgh.