Who’s who at Anthem

Our team

Anthem is driven by a board of trustees and a core staff team, with support
from our members and our youth forum.
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Rhian Hutchings

Chief Executive Officer rhian.hutchings@anthem.wales Rhian joined Anthem Music Fund Wales in 2020. She is an opera director, creative producer and connector with a passion for young people and music. Rhian has been active in the participatory music sector in Wales for the last 20 years, founding Operasonic in Newport, leading the Youth & Community team at Welsh National Opera for seven years, and driving the ArtWorks Cymru Partnership to explore sector development.

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Rebecca Rickard

Programme Manager rebecca.rickard@anthem.wales

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Violet Hunt-Humphries

Admin & Research Assistant Kickstart Placement violet@anthem.wales

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Julie Johnson

Fundraising Consultant julie.johnson@anthem.wales

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Åsa Malmsten

Youth Forum Project Manager projectmanager@anthem.wales

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Tori Sillman

Communications Manager communications@anthem.wales

Our youth forum

The Anthem Youth Forum meets regularly to support Anthem’s work. Find out more about them here

Our trustees

Anthem’s trustees are all united by a passion for music and young people. They shape
organisational strategy and lead our fundraising activity.
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Dan O'Gorman

Dan O’Gorman is the EMEA Brand Partnerships Director for Bazaarvoice -the world's leading digital brand partnership, influencer marketing and consumer experience companies. Leading the organisation's $500M portfolio of brand partnership work in Europe, Dan is responsible for growing brand partnership investment in key marketing territories all over the world. Prior to that Dan was Commercial Director of GAY TIMES Group and was responsible for delivering the business development, sales and commercial partnerships strategies for the organisation. Dan also oversaw the client acquisition and commercial output of the organisation’s in-house brand partnership agency GTX as well as the scaling and growth of GAY TIMES’ client services division. Prior to working at GAY TIMES, Dan spent five years at KidZania London – part of the founding team launching the new £24M leisure and entertainment concept to the UK Market. Dan led the commercial partnerships team for KidZania London, overseeing brand partnerships with Shell, WWE, Nike and managing partnerships with Unilever, Mondelez and Al Jazeera. Before joining KidZania, Dan worked as an Executive Producer for major film and television productions raising millions of dollars for movies with Lionsgate and Ingenious Media and is former Chairman of Live and Unsigned UK - the largest music competition for unsigned artists in the UK. Dan also currently sits on the Board of Directors for Pride in London as its Strategic Partnerships and Development Director.

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Catrin Hughes Roberts

Catrin Hughes Roberts is Director of Partnerships at S4C - the Welsh language broadcaster. She has a communications background, with external affairs experience at devolved, Westminster and EU levels. Catrin leads on S4C’s public affairs work, and its partnerships, as well as the broadcaster’s support for skills and training for the screen sector. She oversees S4C’s diversity work and is a board member of the Creative Diversity Network of UK broadcasters. She is also an RTS Cymru committee member. Before joining S4C, Catrin worked in the BBC’s corporate affairs team in London and also spent time with BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Worldwide. She has previously worked as a campaigner in the third sector, and in the European and UK parliaments. Catrin is a fluent Welsh speaker with a smattering of other (slightly rusty) languages too. She is passionate about music and the role it can play in wellbeing and development. Catrin likes confusing algorithms with her slightly eclectic listening ranging from Beethoven to folk, Queen, hip-hop and beyond.

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Deborah Keyser

Deborah Keyser has been Director of Tŷ Cerdd since November 2016, having moved there from the role of Director at Creu Cymru (the development agency for theatres and arts centres in Wales), where she worked from 2005. Welsh born-and-bred, Deborah studied music at Cardiff University and postgraduate Orchestral Studies at Goldsmiths’ College (University of London), before starting her career working at the BBC (Radio 3 and BBC Music Magazine). A period in orchestral management and opera production followed, as well as a stint at a London news agency – before Creu Cymru brought her back to Wales in 2005. Until 2011, Deborah also worked on Wales’s flagship annual contemporary music event, the Vale of Glamorgan Festival (for whom she now sits on the council of management). She is a trustee of the Presteigne Festival and Sinfonia Cymru, and is on the executive committee of IAMIC (the International Association of Music Information Centres). She is the current President-Elect of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM).

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David Alston M.B.E. (Chair)

David was Arts Director at the Arts Council of Wales 2005-2019. He led on arts development, strategy, international work, Festivals and allied projects. He led work on Arts Council of Wales’s 2014-18 Inspire: Our Strategy for Creativity and the Arts in Wales and working with the Welsh Government, initiated the idea of a National Endowment for Music in Wales. His interest in music spans genres. In his years as Arts Director he developed the involvement and investment of the Arts Council in more types of music and in showcasing that music. Previous to his work with Arts Council of Wales, David led The Lowry development in its opening years in Salford and in the 1990s was Keeper of Art and for a period, an Assistant Director in Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales.

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Victoria Papworth

After a career working in the charity sector Vicki now works for Coutts as a senior philanthropy specialist, providing support to U/HNW clients and their families around their aspirations for giving and the causes they care about. With considerable experience of working as an advisor to donors, charities, social enterprises and Government around strategic funding, she has previously worked for the UK’s largest network of philanthropy-driven foundations, designing national programmes of grant-making to local charities. Prior to that, she ran a non-profit consultancy for Locality, advising Government and supporting community and social enterprises across the UK, and brings an understanding of the preparation of strategic proposals for complex and multi-source funding. Currently volunteering as a coach for the Young Women's Trust and an advisor to the School for Social Entrepreneurs, a devoted dog owner, keen gardener and stubborn optimist.

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Gareth Williams

Gareth has been Chief Executive of Rondo Media since 2008. The Rondo group produces drama, sport, music, events and factual content for a wide range of broadcasters including S4C, BBC 1 and Channel 4. He started his career as a BBC trainee producer and joined independent production company Opus in 2001 where he produced several documentaries, concerts and full-scale filmed opera productions including Falstaff featuring Bryn Terfel. He was appointed Chief Executive of Opus in 2006 before founding Rondo Media two years later. The Rondo group now includes Yeti Media – a subsidiary focusing on network productions and Galactig a digital and VR specialist company. Gareth has co-produced content for a wide range of international broadcasters including the 2018 Berlin Concert for Peace and 2016 Cantata Memoria Aberfan commemoration event. Gareth is also the executive producer of The Wall, co-produced with Korean and Irish production partners. He has been a juror for the International Emmy Awards and in 2018 was appointed Chair of TAC – the trade industry body for Welsh production companies.

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Ify Iwobi

Swansea born classical/contemporary pianist Ify Iwobi is a Welsh A List artist. She studied Music Performance at Brunel University in Uxbridge. Ify performs solo and with her ensemble around Wales at Wales Millennium Centre, Royal Welsh College Of Music And Drama and National Museums Of Wales for example. She has also performed internationally in Ohio and Nigeria. Ify composes scores for soundtracks as well as her own original works. Releases have included ‘Flying High,’ her album ‘Illuminate,' EP ‘Bossin’ It’ and 'Solo' ft Luna Lie Lot. Two of her ‘Bossin’ It’ EP tracks ‘Love Rapsody’ (ft Anwar Siziba) and ‘Thinking About You’ (ft Jinmi Abduls) have been A Listed on BBC Radio Wales. 'Solo' ft Luna Lie Lot was also A Listed. Awards have included: 2016: Black History Young Musician of the Year 2017: Swansea Bay Young Achiever Award (Performing Arts - Musician of the Year) 2019: All Wales Ethnic Minority Welsh Women’s Achievement Award for Arts and Music 2020: BBC Radio Wales A List Artist

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Rhys Jenkins (Treasurer)

Currently the Finance Director of Edwards Coaches Ltd, leading on the financial, commercial and operational strategies of the business. I remodelled the business in the wake of the pandemic and implemented financial restructuring in order to safeguard its long term future. I have significant experience which spans several sectors including Media, Technology and Financial Audit. Previously the Chief Financial Officer of Certus Technology Group, leading the business through a hugely successful growth plan and shareholder exit. Music is one of my biggest passions and I have spent most of my life playing piano.

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Phil Sheeran

Phil has extensive venue management experience having worked for Live Nation in Dublin, Manchester and for the last 9 years as GM of Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. Phil is passionate about music, education and the wellbeing of young people and sees Anthem as a great opportunity to combine all three.

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Aled Walters

Aled is a corporate partner at Hugh James and is head of the commercial team. Aled has particular expertise within the gaming, tech and media sector having worked in-house at major UK broadcaster S4C and S4C International. Aled is also head of the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) team and sits on the firm’s divisional board of management. He was previously a member of the firm’s audit committee. Aled advises on corporate and commercial matters, often advising on complex and high-value commercial agreements. He has significant experience advising on complex contracts and deals with a multi-jurisdictional dimension. He is widely recognised internationally for his work and is ranked as a ‘Leader in his field’ in legal directories. Aled takes an active role in the media industries outside of Hugh James. This includes being a member of the Royal Television Society and he is also a Professional Member of Pact. He is also a semi-professional musician. As a fluent Welsh speaker, Aled is heavily involved in the promotion of Welsh heritage and language acting as a Trustee and Honorary Counsel OF Urdd Gobaith Cymru and a Trustee of Menter Caerdydd. He is also a director of the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales.

Tayla-Leigh Payne

Tayla-Leigh Payne

Tayla-Leigh Payne is a Welsh composer based in Cardiff, where she recently graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) with a First Class Honours in Composition and Creative Technology. Her most recent achievements and commissions include, Composition Wales in association with BBC NOW, being the assistant composer to the Anfamol production in association with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Folks of the Footbridge in association with Operasonic, Ty Cerdd's CoDI Move, CoDI Lead and Encore Scheme, Burry Port Towns Band ACT Scheme, as well as premiering her interactive audio installation, MIXTAPE at RWCMD's Atmosphere's Festival. Likewise, Tayla was previously part of the Anthem Youth Forum and the Welsh Music Youth Forum, as well as working as a part-time Music Youth Support Worker at YMCA Swansea.

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Ella Pearson

Ella is currently in her third year at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama studying the oboe.

Ryan Singh

Ryan Singh

Ryan currently serves as Director of Human Resources and Company Secretary for the first successful Community Interest Company based in an educational setting – Cattleya CIC. In this role he leads on recruitment, people development, law and governance, and administration. In addition to this, he works in Customer Experience and Recruitment for a UK market leading company, assisting his understanding of effective processes in order to serve a wider-base. Ryan has previous Board experience having served as Trustee and Company Director at Cardiff University Students’ Union where he worked on many of the Board’s Committees, including: Finance and Audit, Governance and Trustee Recruitment, Human Resources, and Satisfaction, Engagement and Participation.

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