Our team

EYSM Administrators – Voluntary Positions

Liz Whitehead

Director

Liz set up EYSM in 1993 when working as Chief Executive for The British & International Federation of Festivals; a job she held for 22 years. Prior to that, she worked in education.  Liz has sat on trustee boards, strategic and working groups across the arts and in the hospice movement.  In consultancy work, she has worked with over 500 organisations on risk and safeguarding.  Across the performing arts, she has organised and produced concerts, fundraisers and major celebrations with up to 4,000 performers including four Royal events.  In theatre she has been Executive Director of both The Company Music Theatre and The National Youth Music Theatre. 

Jenny Cornell

Travel | Treasurer

Jenny lives in Southsea with her husband Matt and daughter Francesca, a singer and viola player.  She taught English and Geography in Southampton before transferring to Primary Education, when she worked at primary schools in the Portsmouth area.  Jenny’s past voluntary roles have included secretary of her daughter’s Junior School Association, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Portsmouth Record Office.  She is also an avid Family Historian.  

Elizabeth Dollins

Coordinator

Elizabeth studied Classics at Swansea, Oxford and Exeter and has a keen interest in all things musical.  Having worked with young people for over 10 years, she is currently Deputy Housemistress within a sixth form Boarding House.  She has previously worked in a junior boarding house for ages 11-16 and spent two years teaching first-year undergraduates at the University of Exeter.  Elizabeth has been a member of House-staff for 10 years and previously attended the course as a student for 8 years.  She is also the EYSM Course Co-ordinator.

Neill Oldham

Operations

Neill trained as a pianist and clarinettist at Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds, before post-graduate studies at Durham University.  Neill has directed many instrumental ensembles and choirs and run foreign tours. Previously a Director of Music & Head of Expressive Arts in a North West Arts College for more than 10 years, then Director of Student Services at Blackpool Aspire Academy where he led the Pastoral Team. Neill is now Headteacher of Highfurlong School – a school for students who need educational support, often with the help of music. 

Tom Robinson-Woledge​​

Head of house staff

Tom studied at Warwick and Oxford and spent two gap years singing at Truro and Norwich Cathedrals respectively.  He now teaches Biology at City of London School, but manages to shoehorn a large of amount of music into his school and personal life.  He first attended EYSM at the age of 14, going on to spend ‘six glorious summers’ on the course.  He returned to the course as a member of house-staff three years ago, becoming Team Leader, and says it is an experience which he has thoroughly enjoyed!

Jacqui Wadsworth

Junior Course Leader

Jacqui is a Practice Nurse, working at two busy GP Surgeries and specialising in diabetes care and immunisations.  She has been involved with EYSM for over 20 years, in the office, as a member of house-staff and now as Course Nurse and Junior EYSM Coordinator.  All of her three children have played in the orchestras.  Jacqui’s past voluntary roles have included festival committee member, working behind the scenes at a youth pantomime group and assisting with the administration of an award-winning youth music theatre.

Maxim Gamble

Technical Manager

Trustees

Voluntary Positions

Marilyn Stewart

Chairman

Marilyn is a musician who has attended every EYSM course over its 25 year history and has actively supported it throughout that time as an accompanist, health-care monitor and a valued office support.  When Marilyn served as Vice-Chairman, and then Chairman, of The British & International Federation of Festivals, she strongly supported EYSM at Board and Regional level.  Over the years, she has also supported EYSM financially, giving prizes to those six students who make particular progress during their week at EYSM.

Louise Gibb

Louise is a consultant psychiatrist and group analyst who currently has part-time appointments in the NHS and the Care Quality Commission.  She is also a fee-paid medical member of the First-tier Tribunal.  She has previously volunteered for Age UK, running a weekly reading group at a day centre.  Louise has four children, three of whom have enjoyed attending EYSM while the fourth is an avid fan of musical theatre.  Louise is delighted to have the opportunity to support EYSM as a trustee.

Sheila Cox

Sheila has supported EYSM from its beginning and, throughout the year, sources much of the music used at EYSM.  As a violinist, Sheila has played in many local orchestras and she taught and ran a school string group which toured abroad with the Music Dept. With husband John, she ran the St Albans Music Festival for many years.  Sheila was Housecraft Advisor for the Electricity Board who moved into FE teaching similar subjects. Her daughter Jessica is a professional ‘cellist and son Simon works in special event lighting.

Tony Lawson

Tony has attended EYSM since shortly after its inception and, over the years, has taken many roles, working as Keymaster, Driver, House-staff and Logistics Manager.  Tony is a retired Lecturer in Law and JP who now holds another voluntary office which keeps him regularly involved with the legal world.  He has two sons, one an IT professional and the other a solicitor.  Tony is a keen concert and theatre-goer who classes himself musically as a ‘consumer’.  He also gives voluntary time to other arts organisations. 

Jacqui Wadsworth

Jacqui is a Practice Nurse, working at two busy GP Surgeries and specialising in diabetes care and immunisations.  She has been involved with EYSM for over 20 years, in the office, as a member of house-staff and now as Course Nurse and Junior EYSM Coordinator.  All of her three children have played in the orchestras.  Jacqui’s past voluntary roles have included festival committee member, working behind the scenes at a youth pantomime group and assisting with the administration of an award-winning youth music theatre.

Tom Robinson-Woledge​

Tom studied at Warwick and Oxford and spent two gap years singing at Truro and Norwich Cathedrals respectively.  He now teaches Biology at City of London School, but manages to shoehorn a large of amount of music into his school and personal life.  He first attended EYSM at the age of 14, going on to spend ‘six glorious summers’ on the course.  He returned to the course as a member of house-staff three years ago, becoming Team Leader, and says it is an experience which he has thoroughly enjoyed!

Neill Oldham

Neill trained as a pianist and clarinettist at Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds, before post-graduate studies at Durham University. Previously a Director of Music & Head of Expressive Arts in a North West Arts College for more than 10 years, then Director of Student Services at Blackpool Aspire Academy where he led the Pastoral Team, Neill is now Headteacher of Highfurlong School.  This school is for students who need educational support; often with the help of music. Neill has directed many instrumental ensembles and choirs and run foreign tours. He continues to work as a pianist, accompanist and is a committee member of the Blackburn Festival and a Regional Officer for the Federation of Festivals.

Elizabeth Dollins

Elizabeth studied Classics at Swansea, Oxford and Exeter and has a keen interest in all things musical.  Having worked with young people for over 10 years, she is currently Deputy Housemistress within a sixth form Boarding House.  She has previously worked in a junior boarding house for ages 11-16 and spent two years teaching first-year undergraduates at the University of Exeter.  Elizabeth has been a member of House-staff for 10 years and previously attended the course as a student for 8 years.  She is also the EYSM Course Co-ordinator.

Jenny Cornell​

Jenny lives in Southsea with her husband Matt and daughter Francesca, a singer and viola player.  She taught English and Geography in Southampton before transferring to Primary Education, when she worked at primary schools in the Portsmouth area.  Jenny’s past voluntary roles have included secretary of her daughter’s Junior School Association, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Portsmouth Record Office.  She is also an avid Family Historian.  

Liz Whitehead

Liz had a first career in education before becoming Chief Executive of The British & International Federation of Festivals, which position she held for over 20 years. She has sat on trustee boards, strategic and working groups across the arts and has organised many major concerts and celebrations with up to 4,000 performers, including four Royal events.  She has been the Executive Director of both ‘The Company Music Theatre’ and ‘The National Youth Music Theatre’.  In retirement she supports charities with risk management and has a particular interest in the Hospice Movement, having been a trustee and Chairman of a Hospice.

JOHN COX supports the EYSM Trustees as their Membership Secretary