Pavita is the founder of More Difference, a talent and career insight business that works with organisations and individuals to accelerate talent.
Pavita is recognised as a leading talent and diversity expert; she has over 25 years’ experience as an executive talent leader across a range of multi-sector global blue-chip organisations, including Shell, Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group. Pavita has acted as an advisor to CEOs, executive teams and business leaders across sectors that include financial services, energy, consumer, professional services and luxury goods.
Stuart sees The BRIT School as a unique home for original voices and talent and a platform for young people to train for free and progress into a plethora of roles in the creative Industries. Appointed as principal in September 2012, Stuart has established deep partnerships with local schools and organisations working with marginalised communities.
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Allyson Stewart-Allen is an award-winning educator, advisor, author, speaker and NED whose expertise in brand internationalisation is sought by leading businesses globally. Allyson currently advises Boards of Directors and corporate leaders, where her expertise enables them to lead across cultures and achieve marketing and business development strategies, integrate acquisitions and build corporate diplomacy skills. Allyson is the first ever two-time winner of the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) Excellence in Practice Award, recognising leadership programs innovations.Contact More info
Adam Wallis is a Voice Practitioner and currently the resident teacher of Voice and Text in Musical Theatre at The BRIT School. Adam has extensive experience in many aspects of Voice Coaching and Creative Communication techniques, and has clients within the Music and Television Industries. In 2016 Adam graduated as a Fitzmaurice Teacher, one of only a few in the UK.Contact More info
Noa specialises in training organisations and their people in mental health and employee wellbeing. She brings 10 years of experience working across the private, public and voluntary sectors, as well as an academic background in mental health and experience as a volunteer counsellor. Noa is passionate about embedding change that is both good for organisations and for individuals. In her courses, she encourages people to challenge their assumptions and recognise their ability to make a difference. Noa is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health and licensed by Mental Health First Aid England. Mental Health First Aid is a proven way for organisations to support their employees, build their motivation, and improve their reputation.Contact More info
David McClements is one of the UK’s leading Personal and Organisational Development Coaches who has trained numerous organisations worldwide. Helping business teams to function more effectively or inspiring managers and sales forces to be even more impactful, David is renowned for his engaging and direct but heart-warming style.Contact More info
Roberta is an agile coach, mentor and facilitator who partners with leaders to unlock the creative leadership within themselves, their teams and organisations. She is a ICF certified leadership and performance team coach, as well as a cultural consultant with two decades of international experience. Before establishing Namah & Partners in London, she co-owned and run an award-winning branding design firm in New York as Managing Partner and Head of Strategy. Her work brings about transformation calling on us to think and feel differently; use creativity and empathy to innovate, play, and experiment, and allow for continued learning and growth. As culture always trumps strategy, Roberta’s approach focuses on shifting the cultural ethos from the individual to the collective — from the ‘me’ to the ‘we’ — to build empowering and purposeful workplaces — where leadership is a shared responsibility so that both people and businesses can thrive.Contact More info
Will Geddes is an internationally recognised Security Specialist with over 25 years experience operating across the world advising and protecting major corporations and private clients. With expertise in personal safety, dealing with extortion, investigations, counter terrorism protection, response to threats, cyber threats, he has not only managed multi-jurisdiction cases but also trained corporate executives, teams and private individuals in how to manage and reduce these risks and also how to apply theses skills to their professional and personal lives. Will is available for 1:1 and group workshops and speaker events.
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Emma Balaam is currently the Director of Community Arts and the Head of Community Arts Practice at The BRIT School, working to develop strategies to ensure that all Post 16 students have the opportunity to apply their creative skills in a community setting. Emma is passionate about creating opportunities for the arts industry to be an inclusive, diverse and accessible space that creates platforms, discussion and social change. She trained and worked at the ChickenShed Theatre Company, focusing on Inclusive Theatre Development, exploring the application of Inclusive Practice in both creative and non-creative settings. Emma is a credible Diversity and Inclusivity Coach.Contact More info
Gill is an experienced Business Manager, Director of Human Resources at Handle Recruitment and an Executive Coach with 25+ years’ experience. She works with creative brands and individuals within music, retail and sports organisations and supports future female leaders within the creative industries. Having developed wide commercial skills and proven ability to maximise output within both best proactive and highly entrepreneurial cultures, Gill is available for 1:1 workshops and speaker events.Contact More info
Madelaine Cooper works as a coach with professionals in the creative industries. She helps both individuals and also companies to become stronger and sharper in their focus and ready to make the most impact with new challenges and opportunities. Madelaine guides individuals and teams to reappraise and re-present themselves as their careers shift and the world changes around them. Her advice is contextualised around what the marketplace is actually looking for.Contact More info
Sue O’Brien OBE
Sue has over 20 years’ experience as a practitioner in board advisory services. Her work within the search industry has focused on board and non executive appointments in FTSE, AIM and private listed businesses. Sue joined Ridgeway Partners in 2015 and is non executive director of The Pipeline, a founder member of The Women’s Business Council and a trustee for KidsOut children’s charity. In January 2014, she was awarded an OBE for services to charity and for promoting equality in the workplace.
Martin Talbot is CEO of the Official Charts Company, providers of the most accurate intelligence data on the British video and music industries. Talbot joined Official Charts in October 2007, following several years as editor of Music Week, before which he worked for various publications including the European industry mag “fono” (as launch editor), the NME and Hackney Gazette. In 10 years at the Official Charts, Talbot has overseen a fundamental rebrand, the relaunch of OfficialCharts.com as a consumer site attracting up to 3m visitors a month, the launch of the Official Number 1 scheme and the integration of audio and video streams into the Official Charts.Contact More info
Tony Wadsworth CBE
Tony Wadsworth CBE has had a lifelong career in the music industry, with positions including Managing Director of Parlophone label, Chairman & CEO of EMI Music UK & Ireland and Chairman of the industry’s trade association, the BPI. Tony is a trustee of the BRIT Trust and a Governor of the BRIT School as well as serving as Chairman of Julie’s Bicycle the leading global charity bridging the gap between environmental sustainability and creative industries. Tony is a trustee of the EMI Music Sound Foundation and the EMI Archive Trust and a Non-Executive Board Director of BIMM.
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Kate is an experienced Career Coach specialising in career transitions and career decision-making. Together she works with clients to clarify the optimal next steps and make sense of the ideas and concerns you have surrounding significant career moves. Having worked with FTSE 100 companies, and in both the Digital and Creative sectors, Kate’s approach to career work is side-by-side career planning, and introducing the client to key tools, resources and concepts designed to develop their career through career-construction techniques.Contact More info
Diane Metcalfe is an executive coach and board advisor focusing on performance and leadership. She works extensively with leaders in business and is well equipped given her own experience and having faced many of her clients’ challenges herself. Diane coaches with a focus on clients’ self-awareness, quality of thinking, behavioural change, confidence, personal satisfaction and, ultimately, individual and organisational performance.Contact More info
Josie Sovegjarto is the founder of Base Flow Yoga. Inclusion and making yoga accessible for all is a prominent factor in Josie’s teaching practice and therefore she works with sensitivity and acceptance. She is interested in finding ways for all to benefit from yoga whether that be in the work place, in education or in a studio setting.With over 10 years teaching experience, some of which spent as the Head of Community Arts Practice and Dance Tutor at The BRIT School, she is focused on uniting and strengthening mind and body together to help ground and support people in day to day lives and in turn, bring mindfulness, clarity and balance to the workplace.Contact More info
David was appointed a Governor of The BRIT School in 2010. He became Chair of Governors in August 2018 and he is also Chair of the Governors’ Personnel Committee. David is a credible Individual and Team Development Coach.
A Chartered Accountant by profession, David worked for the multi-national chemical company ICI PLC for almost 30 years, latterly as global head of its Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) team.
Post ICI, David has become a widely experienced non-executive director and trustee in the Arts and Education sectors.
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Michelle is an experienced Chief Executive Officer, Board Director, Management Consultant and Non-Executive Director. She is currently a Digital Advisory Board member at Shop Direct, part-time Chief Executive Officer at CreativeTrade and Director of BRIT for Business.
Michelle also works at CEO and Board level with established businesses, SME’s and Start-ups to develop strategies for growth, change, people and transformation, often as an advisor to the CEO. She has extensive experience in digital high growth environments and global operations across industry sectors, gained throughout her career at EMI Music, BBC Worldwide, ASOS.com and Walpole.
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Paul Burger’s career spans more than 40 years, 27 of those spent with with Sony Music. Paul held multiple senior management positions including: Chairman & CEO of Sony Music UK & Ireland, President of Sony Music Canada and President EMEA Sony Music International. In 2003 Paul founded SohoArtists, a boutique artist management company and music and entertainment consultancy. Paul is an expert in the field of Music and is dedicated to the creative industries, serving as Chair of the Board of Governors of The BRIT School and Director of The BRIT Trust Ltd. Paul is an NED of Hipgnosis Songs which recently raised over £200M and is now being deployed in the acquisition of publishing catalogues.Contact More info
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