Ron Miao – chair
Ron is currently the COO for Hadrian’s Wall Capital, a new financial services company in the process of raising capital to invest in UK SMEs. He began his financial services career with Morgan Stanley New York in 1991 in the Fixed Income Department. In 2000 Ron joined Lehman Brothers International in London. In 2004 Ron was recruited by Citi Global Markets International to run ABS trading. Prior to working in the financial services industry, Mr. Miao worked as an electrical engineer for Sikorsky Aircraft in Connecticut. He was responsible for designing aircraft avionics test systems and writing avionics computer programs. Ron earned a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
walter lobo – treasurer
Walter is a qualified Chartered Accountant who has worked for several major companies. In 1991, Walter and his wife Margaret set up the Otakar Kraus Music Trust and he has been a business adviser to the Trust since that time. He currently manages the Trust’s accounts and financial procedures.
DR MARGARET LOBO
Margaret is the founder and Director of the Otakar Kraus Music Trust (OKMT), The Music Therapy Trust (TMTT) in India and The Music Therapy Trust Nepal (TMTTN). She qualified at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1987, is a fully registered member of the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Music Therapists (BAMT). Her endeavours were recognised in 2007 by the award of a Fellowship from the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA). In 2010 Margaret was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Middlesex University for her major contribution to the community in the UK, India and Nepal in the field of Health and Social Sciences.
John has been an active Trustee since 2002. He ‘retired’ from the Metropolitan Police as a Chief Inspector after 30 years, which included working in juvenile and community liaison. He then became a professional Toastmaster & MC (now for 26 years), and a professional charity fundraiser (for 7 years). He has 32 years’ experience as fundraiser and Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer of a voluntary management Committee of an inner city youth project and raised over £100,000 for running costs and £100,000 for building improvement. John says: “An amateur singer all my life and knowing the catharsis that singing can provide, I love to support a project that allows music to bring enjoyment and success to people’s lives.”
Jill worked for IBM Europe at La Défense in Paris for 5 years, before returning to their UK office in Chiswick. She now lives in Twickenham with her husband and 3 children aged 23, 20 and 16. Her 16 year old son is diagnosed with autism and attends OKMT for piano lessons. Her 20 year old daughter is also on the autistic spectrum and attends the OK Music School for singing. Jill first heard about OKMT 12 years ago and has seen it grow to work with disabled children, the elderly, young people with mental health problems, parents and the community. Jill suggested the formation of the Parents’ Choir and attends this regularly, while her husband attends the popular community choir. Jill felt so inspired by all the work that Margaret Lobo did that she agreed to join the Trustees in 2014.
Edward was born in Ghana and came to the UK in 1998. Edward has a degree in Music and is a seasoned pianist and an accompanist, who used to volunteer to play in therapy sessions with OKMT. He has undertaken a music therapy course in Roehampton University. He currently works at Richmond Adult Community College where he is actively involved in a course called Music and Communication, which targets those with various disabilities with the aim of using music as a therapy tool, to build their confidence and improve their speech. He also teaches Piano and serves as the official accompanist of the College.
Rose has a background in healthcare, education and management. She started her career as a dental surgeon working in both hospitals and general practice. Further qualifications led her to Bristol University where she was Deputy Director of the Careers Service. She continues to work with young people on a freelance and pro bono basis, providing support on job applications and interview skills. Rose has a deep love of music which has been an important part of her family life and is an active member of the Offbeat Choir in Richmond.
Katherine has worked in the legal sector for 7 years providing help and advice on property and commercial matters and helping to resolve disputes when things don’t go as planned. She is passionate about music and the arts and their role in improving peoples lives. Katherine has assisted with exhibitions/ art projects at Orleans House Gallery and is a member of a choir which regularly performs. Katherine hopes to assist with the smooth running of the charity and help OKMT to promote its work through new fundraising. By being part of its ongoing development she is committed to extending OKMT’s reach to more disadvantaged groups and making a difference in the community.
LAURA (PLAIL) Clayton
Laura has 15 years experience of working in the cultural/creative industries world; working as a consultant offering strategic advice and latterly in Government, employed at Historic England in the new Government Advice Team and most recently at the Department of Culture Media and Sport. Laura has extensive experience of applying and evaluating grant applications and evaluating success and operational change.