I have had the privilege of working in art management for almost forty years. Starting out at English National Opera in the Marketing and Publicity Departments, the Company Office on tour and in the Planning Department, I moved to work within artist and concert management at Decca Records, the International Musicians’ Seminar and Pears Phipps Management. After enjoying several years at the Arts Council I went back into live arts in the Casting Department at Greenwich Theatre. I then moved to the West Country for fifteen years administrating the West Devon peripatetic Music and Drama Service before becoming General Manager and subsequently Acting Director and Trustee of the Plymouth Arts Centre .
On coming back to London fifteen years ago I took up the post of General Manager of British Youth Opera before being appointed its Chief Executive five years later. I retired from British Youth Opera in September 2009 since when I have worked on a project with the National Trust and have tutored and mentored at Rose Bruford Drama College, I volunteer at Temple Church and Teddington Memorial Hospital and I maintain my interest in music and in particular in emerging talent as a Trustee of the Concordia Foundation.
Peter J. David
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Peter became a member of the London Stock Exchange and enjoyed a career of over thirty-five years in the worlds of finance and investment analysis, ultimately specialising in fund management towards the end of his business career. He then worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on their overseas visitors' programme and has been chairman and trustee of the Concordia Foundation since 1995.
Dasha Shenkman OBE
Dasha is a Canadian, resident in London, with experience in the fields of publishing, music, visual arts and theatre. She was a literary agent for many years and, in 1992, co-founded Atrium, a book shop in Cork Street, London, specialising in international art reference books. She has been involved with a number of arts-oriented organisations, either at board level or as a consultant. She established the Belle Shenkman Music Programme, in memory of her mother -- a series of concerts at the National Gallery performed by students from the Royal College of Music -- and also initiated a similar programme at the V & A Museum. Dasha is member of Tate International Council, Chair of New River Dramatists, a research and development centre for writers in North Carolina, as well as the Council for the BetterPlanet project at the University of Guelph, Canada.