Board

The current Sound and Music board members are:

John Knell (Chair)

John Knell is one of the UK's leading thinkers on the changing face of work and organisations, and he has an international reputation as a cultural policy consultant.

John has worked with a wide range of corporate clients, including Microsoft, Tesco, Astra Zeneca, Eversheds, Lloyds TSB, Manpower, and Siemens. Current clients include Arts Council England, BFI, Big Society Network, CCA, DCA CityCo, Milton Keynes College, MOSI, The RSA, and the Government of Western Australia.

John’s recent client work has ranged across high-level public policy work particularly in the arts and creative economy sphere, strategic reviews and strategy development, thought leadership development, top team facilitation, executive advice and support, and a wide range of public speaking and event facilitation activities. His latest book, ‘The 80 Minute MBA’ (with Richard Reeves) is now available, published by Headline.

John has authored numerous reports on work, the labour market, organisational change, and arts and cultural policy. He is a frequent public speaker and media commentator on workplace and public policy issues.

John began his career as an academic at the University of Leeds where he undertook his doctoral research, and he retains strong links with leading research centres. He is the Chair of Sound and Music, a Board member of Demos, and a Fellow of the RSA. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children and has a consuming passion for all kinds of music.

Sasha Afanasieva

Sasha is an On Purpose Associate with a background in technology corporate finance advisory. She has over six years’ investment banking experience, advising numerous companies and entrepreneurs on fundraising and developing innovative business models in the internet and digital media sectors. She has also published research on some of the MOST agile and fastest growing industries, widely cited in the media. Most recently, Sasha left banking to join On Purpose, a programme for high calibre professionals to become the next generation of social/value-driven leaders. As part of the programme, she has advised Shakespeare Schools Festival, the largest youth drama organisation in the UK, in the role of Commercial Manager. She has also worked with Volans, a future-focused consultancy business working at the intersection of innovation, sustainability and entrepreneurship movements. Her focus at Volans has been advising corporate clients on integrating social and environmental impact beyond traditional corporate social responsibility strategy, as well as assessing the impact of Volans’ work. She holds a degree in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford and is a native Russian speaker. Sasha is passionate about the arts and music in particular, as an avid pianist from a young age.

Ed Corn

Ed has over six years’ experience in the media and communications industries, currently working as a Senior Consultant at MTM London, a specialist strategy and research consultancy. Prior to that, he worked as Business Planning manager for YouView TV and as a Consultant at Ingenious Media. Ed is a skilled communicator with extensive experience of working with and presenting to senior management. He understands the key strategic issues in the TMT sector from both an advisory and in-house perspective, and brings expertise in business and regulatory strategy, project management, financial and network modelling, quantitative research and market analysis. He graduated from Cambridge University with a Double First in Music and retains a personal and professional passion for the arts.

Belinda Dee

Belinda Dee is Director of Development at Barts Charity, leading the major gifts team in the generation of income from philanthropists, City organisations and charitable trusts and foundations. For the last 7 years she has developed strategic partnerships across Barts Health, the largest NHS Trust in the country, identifying opportunities for innovation in healthcare for the benefit of a patient population of 6 million across North East London – Europe’s most diverse demographic, spanning the wealthy financial districts and some of the countries most deprived boroughs – and 15,000 hospital staff. Belinda has personally championed projects which harness the therapeutic benefit of art and music in the hospital environment, particularly in the paediatric and elderly wards; from carol singing for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, to lullaby sessions performed live on the neonatal intensive care wards.

Belinda's previous experience includes business development, marketing and strategic brand planning, working in the marketing communications sector for agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi and CHI & Partners. She has a degree in Physiological Sciences from Oxford University. Since birth, Belinda has been surrounded by music; one of four siblings who between them play the viola, violin, cello, clarinet, piano, guitar and saxophone, not to mention Christmas carol sessions in four part harmony! Belinda has played in various orchestras and ensembles over the past 30 years, including the National Children’s Orchestra and, more recently, the Water City Orchestra in East London. She is delighted to be a member of the Sound and Music board, enabling her to flex her entrepreneurial and creative muscles whilst adding her strategic insights to evolve the development function.

Greg Davies 

Dr Greg B Davies, Founder, Centapse – Decision Science, Applied.

Greg is a specialist in applied decision science, behavioural finance, and financial wellbeing – improving decisions through behavioural science. Greg started the banking world’s first behavioural finance team as Head of Behavioural-Quant Finance at Barclays, which he built and led for a decade.

In 2016, he founded Centapse, in 2017 joining forces with Oxford Risk where he is Head of Behavioural Science, to combine behavioural consulting with the development of decision support tools to help people (and organisations) across the financial services industry make better decisions. Greg holds a PhD in Behavioural Decision Theory from Cambridge; is an Associate Fellow at Oxford’s Saïd Business School; a lecturer at Imperial College London; and author of Behavioral Investment Management.

Greg is also the creator of Open Outcry, a ‘reality opera’ premiered in London in 2012, creating live performance from a functioning trading floor.

@GregBDavies

Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut

Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut, Head of Business Development at ROLI, is responsible for global partnerships within the music trade, industry, and academia. Jean-Baptiste studied computer science and music composition, and graduated from Queen Mary University with a PhD, writing his thesis on composers' engagement with technology. He has worked at INA-GRM and Centre Pompidou as a software developer, and was Innovation Manager at Focusrite/Novation before joining ROLI. He co-founded the London Music Hackspace in 2011, a hub for artists and engineers passionate about music technology. In 2014, he was appointed a board member of Sound and Music, the leading British organisation for the creation of new music.

Jo Thomas

Jo Thomas is a London based electronic music composer. Her electronic music captures a combination of raw and sensitive sonic matter. Her work stems from her own voice, electronically generated signals and often new and innovate electronic instruments, her latest addition is a twelve string chapmen stick.

Jo runs her own label called Soft Apple she often collaborates with other artists,and runs music events and sound walks around London.

Her work has been commissioned by the UK,Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal, France, having performances in the USA, Canada and Australia.She has been working with electronic sound since being a teenager, coming from a classical background which has been fused with pop and experimental jazz.She has a PhD in electroacoustic composition from City University (2005) In 2012 Jo Thomas won the Golden Nica in Prix Ars Electronica Digital Music’s and Sound Art Category for her work Crystal Sounds of a Synchrotron.She has been nominated for a quartz award in the new discoveries section.As an artist has performed alongside a number of artists including Will Dutta Lara Jones, Charles Hayward, Maria Chavez, Lee Gamble, Phil Niblock and Squarepusher. Her work has been performed in venues local and worldwide including Cafe Oto, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Trafalgar Square, London, Tate Modern, Salon De Messian and Radio France Paris, Prix Ars Electronica, Kings Place London, New Federation Square Melbourne, MIT Boston and Stanford University. She has been commissioned in studios internationally such as INA GRM Paris, the Djerrasi studios, San Francisco and EMS Stockholm. Her work has been performed in Festivals such as the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Prix Ars Electronica, Elita Festival Milan, Norbert Festival, Radio France,Tempo Reale Italy, Tempora Festival Bulgaria.

Jo identifies as being disabled and is an advocate of diversity and inclusion in music and the Arts.

Dennis Lee

Dennis is a partner and head of the Intellectual Property Team at Bircham Dyson Bell LLP.  He is also a co-head of the Commercial Team.

Since 2015 he has played a major role in forming the firm’s intellectual property and commercial offering, being the firm’s first IP dedicated partner.  He has a full range of experience and expertise in areas including trade marks, brand protection, copyright, licensing, business contracts, digital and technology, R&D, design protection, internet and IT-related disputes, passing-off and trade secrets and know-how.  Dennis handles all types of contentious and non-contentious work across sectors that include retail, media and entertainment, creatives, advertising, IT, leisure, charities and cultural heritage, fashion, education and catering. Valued for his industry insight and practical commercial approach, Dennis is particularly skilled at working closely with businesses to formulate strategies and business models, especially in relation to brand protection, commercial disputes, group IP ownership, and is regularly involved in major corporate M&A transactions that involve IP ownership issues.

Dennis has been rated by Chambers and Partners as a leader in the field of intellectual property law for four consecutive years.  He is also fluent in written and spoken Mandarin and Cantonese, and can advise and negotiate on behalf of clients in Chinese.  Dennis regularly speaks at industry events on copyright, trade marks and other specialist IP topics, both locally and abroad.

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