Board of Trustees

Governance of the Orchestra is in the hands of a Board of Trustees, comprising the Artistic Director, Leslie Olive, working with representatives of the community. The Orchestra’s concern for education is reflected in its composition, with the Chairman, Felicity Golding bringing extensive in-depth knowledge of the education sector. Wietske Hendriksen brings a wealth of experience to her role as the Orchestra’s administrator, working closely with Leslie Olive on all aspects of planning and management.

The Trustees meet five or six times a year, while the day-to-day management is delegated to a Management Team comprising the Chairman, Administrator, and Artistic Director working with Friends and reinforced as required by other members of the support team.


The Board of Trustees

Felicity Golding (Chair) has extensive, in depth knowledge of the education sector, nationally and locally in Suffolk, including serving as an OFSTED inspector and senior Education adviser for Norfolk County Council. She plays an important role in co-ordinating village Community Concerts and Schools Enrichment Visits

Leslie Olive, conductor and  artistic director of the Suffolk  Philharmonic Orchestra, has  also conducted the  Philharmonia Orchestra, the  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. He founded Suffolk Philharmonic in 2012.

Wietske Hendriksen – (SPO Trust Secretary and Project Director) has led major functions with Reigate Summer Music, organised and led international Choir tours, and has been involved with project management for SPO concerts since its inception.

In recent years, Wietske studied Business Management at the UEA and manages two small Suffolk arts organisations, alongside her work for the SPO.

Major Philip Hope-Cobbold was born at Glemham Hall in 1943, lived in Holland 1946-49 and then with his mother in Framlingham for 10 years, followed by Easton for some 30 years, before inheriting The Glemham Hall Estate in 1994 after 30 years in the Army, serving in Germany, Malaya , Canada, N. Ireland, Oman and the UK. He is a Deputy Lieutenant for the County and is Patron of Ipswich Town Football Club. His other interests are, tennis, field sports and fine red wines.

Professor Chris Higgins FRSE FRSA FMedSci has recently retired home to Suffolk after eight years as Vice-Chancellor of Durham University.

He was a junior exhibitioner Royal College of Music (many years ago) where he won the Hugh Bean prize for violin, but has spent his career in academic research and leadership, including Nuffield Professor and Head Department at the University of Oxford and Medical Research Council Director and Professor at Imperial College London.

He has served on or chaired many Government Advisory Boards. He currently Chairs the Trustees of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and is a Governor of West Suffolk College.

Duke Dobing is a professional flautist – he was principal flute with City of London Sinfonia for 25 years – and professional fundraiser.

He was Director of Development, City London Sinfonia (2000-2004), Head of External Relations, Aldeburgh Music (2004-2009) and Director of Development, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (2009-2011). Since then, he has freelanced both as performer – he is principal flute of SPO – and as Development Consultant. Duke was a founder Trustee and subsequently deputy chairman of the Duchess of Kent’s charity Future Talent and has lived in Suffolk since 2004.

Nick specialises in information  management and is a master’s  graduate of Leicester and  Loughborough Universities.

More recently Nick has focused  on providing technical advice to the UK Transport sector.

With over 15 years’ experience of senior IT management he has had major involvement in many local and national IT projects and he and his team assist the SPO with their online presence including their website and social media.

David Clarke FCMA, was a practising member of CIMA for over 20 years, assisting many business clients in all areas of accountancy, taxation, company secretarial and financial management matters.

Prior to this he was the finance director for 20 years of a large agricultural cooperative group in East Anglia, during which time he has also acted as honorary treasurer for a number of local charities and for the past three years, the Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD).

Ian Turner FRSA is a prominent Suffolk businessman with a very keen interest in classical music.

He is currently Chairman and CEO of his family business. Over the past 50 years, Turners has grown into of one of the largest private family companies in the County.

Ian is also a Trustee Director of St. Elizabeth Hospice with special responsibility for charitable income generation, retailing and marketing. Ian lists amongst his other interests, sailing, architecture, Ipswich Town Football Club and the fantastic Suffolk countryside.

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