Following the Music Mark AGM in November the Board have appointed three new officers to support the governance of the charity. Whilst it is up to the membership to elect trustees to the Board (as was the case in the autumn when Emma Calvert and Thom Meredith were appointed following an election process), the Trustees have the authority – based on the Articles of Association – to appoint officers to oversee specific areas of governance for the organisation.
At the AGM David Little stood down as Treasurer (but remains on the board for one more year as a Co-opted Trustee to support a smooth transition) and Peter Bolton agreed to take on the role. Peter, CEO of Kent Music the lead partner in the Kent Music Education Hub, was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2019. Going forward, he will work closely with Bridget and Aim High Accounts, who manage much of the financial processes for the charity, to ensure that the charity fulfils its obligations to the Charity Commission and Companies House as well as managing its finances in a way that supports the stated objects within the Articles of Association.
The Board also identified, and appointed to, two new officers roles for the first time.
Peter Smalley, re-elected to the Board in 2020 and CEO of Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts (NMPAT) the lead partner in the Northamptonshire Music Education Hub, has been appointed as Vice Chair, supporting the Chair, James Dickinson, and the CEO in the management of the Charity. The board also were keen to consider how Music Mark can work harder to meet its commitment to ED&I (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) and therefore Yogesh Dattani has been appointed as the Board’s first ED&I Lead. Yogesh, elected to the Board in 2017, is Head of Ealing Music Service, the Hub Lead Partner for Ealing Music Hub. He will work with his fellow trustees, the CEO and the full music mark staff team to explore ways in which the charity can consider ED&I across all areas of its governance, recruitment and work with and for its membership and the wider sector.