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.
RAY COLLINS: TREASURER
Ray currently is a Director of his own consultancy company, working with large global corporates on senior assignments covering Business Transformation, Commercial and System projects. These have included SONY Plc, BAE Systems, SC Johnson and currently Reed Business Information – part of the RELX US Group. Ray has been involved in community projects throughout his life; examples being helping set up the local sports council, the local town twinning committee and active involvement with his family ownership and running of a non-league football club for over twenty years. He has two grown up daughters who have started their post grad careers and keeps active as a member of the Royal Canoe Club, sailing and is a member of the Nuffield Gym. Ray is a life-long supporter of Tottenham Hotspur FC and thus is one of life’s great optimists!
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 and financial adviser to the Trust since that time. After several years as Treasurer, Walter has now handed over the financial reins to Ray Collins and continues to offer advice to the Trust.
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.
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.