Sam Laughton, Chair

Sam grew up in Penn and now lives in Speen with his wife Kate and their four children, all of whom are budding young musicians. As well as his day-job as a barrister, Sam is a semi-professional musician. He conducts the Elysian Singers in London and the Trinity Camerata in Bicester, as well as being a busy local organist. He is delighted to have been present from the birth of CMA, and looks forward to continuing to spread musical excellence to the widest possible number of young people.

Andrew Connolly

Andrew’s career in classical music management, including at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Welsh National Opera, culminated as Director of the BBC Concert Orchestra. He has twice been a Director of the Association of British Orchestras and is now on the board of  EM Records. Growing up in South Wales, Andrew received free instrumental tuition and played French Horn in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. He has lived in South Bucks since 1997 and is determined to ensure that local youngsters can access excellent musical opportunities. In his spare time Andrew plays for Little Missenden Misfits and Buckinghamshire County Over 60s cricket teams, attends many concerts and enjoys any excuse to study a map.

Alex King

In her youth, Alex benefitted from local music education and she still takes an active part in local music making, being a member of Wycombe Sinfonia and Wycombe Chamber Choir, and a recorder teacher in schools. She is mother to four musical children, and, although having no tiger DNA, would fight tooth and nail for their opportunities. Cutting her teeth in the pharmaceutical industry, Alex now devotes her time to her flourishing children and to supporting worthwhile organisations in the area. She puts CMA at the top of that list, and is a passionate ambassador of this burgeoning community creation.

Ian Moore

Ian has been in education for most of his working life. In his experience, the best schools often have great music departments. Ian watched his own children’s skill and confidence grow through music and believes it played a huge role in getting them started. CMA was founded by such parents who wanted their children to benefit from the opportunities and camaraderie that music could provide. The first Chair of Trustees for the Chiltern Music Academy, Ian is proud to have played a part in the development of such a friendly, happy environment.

Hilary Nohavicka

Hilary was involved in primary education for over 30 years. She is mother of three girls who all benefitted from the excellent music provision in the Wycombe area. Although they have gone on to do different things, enjoyment of and participation in music continues to be an important part of all their lives. As both parent and teacher, Hilary has seen the many benefits musical activities bring to children of all ages and abilities in terms of their academic, social and emotional development. She is delighted to be part of the exciting and vibrant community of CMA and will work hard to support the staff and students to maximize opportunities for all.

Anne-Marie Southall

Anne-Marie is a parent of two music-loving children and has lived in the High Wycombe area for almost 30 years. She is the Managing Director of a Strategy Management Consultancy, and specialises in helping people in organisations to change. In being one of the Chiltern Music Academy’s first trustees, she commented that she is “Really looking forward to helping create a new musical community in the Chilterns. Over the last ten years I have seen the benefits for so many young people of playing and singing in high quality groups led by the kind of inspirational teachers we will have at the CMA. Kids who play music just seem happier somehow!”

Phil Wayne

Phil grew up in Birmingham and started his working life as a pianist and organist. Following a short spell teaching A level music at his old school in his mid- twenties, he qualified as a teacher, combining a teaching and music career for a number of years. Phil feels enormously privileged to be the Headmaster of RGS, an all-consuming role, but still he finds time to be Assistant Organist at All Saints, High Wycombe. He is married to Elen, a former West End singer and teacher of singing; they live in Great Kingshill with son and a daughter. Phil is very pleased to play his part in CMA as a trustee