Trustees & Advisory Board

Our Trustees are James Joseph, Nick Bush, Corinne Oulton, Peter Highland and Rachel Van Walsum.


Rachel van Walsum (Chair)

Rachel-03Rachel  studied music at University where her specialist subjects included electro-acoustic composition, 20th-century music, flute and singing.  After graduating she trained at the BBC and in 1988 was appointed as a studio manager for BBC World Service, supervising live broadcasts and making arts and magazine programmes.  The demands of World Service night shifts influenced her decision to leave the BBC and take on a temporary job as concerts manager at the Aldeburgh Festival, after which she became Press Officer of Aldeburgh Productions.  At the end of 1993 she was appointed Head of Public Affairs at the Bournemouth Orchestras and in February 1995 joined Van Walsum Management as an Artist Manager. She became Managing Director in 2005. During this period Rachel was responsible for overseeing the careers of a number of world renowned conductors and soloists. Van Walsum Management was sold in 2008. Following a two-year sabbatical, during which she journeyed with her family by boat from London to Istanbul,  Rachel returned to London to embark on a new adventure with her husband, Joeske, and founded Maestro Arts in 2011.  This new company, with the management of conductors at its core, focuses on bringing together the visual arts and music.  The company is based in its gallery/office in Wandsworth.

Nick Bush

A change management and customer strategy expert for 30 years, Nick is passionate about all forms of music and how it opens up opportunities for young people. Nicks’s career includes consulting in senior management positions for a number of leading companies. He is currently chairman for the change board, which involves World Heart Beat, Wandsworth Council, Ballymore, GRID Architects and MDA consultants. 

Peter Highland

splvf5x2uPeter Highland is Chief Operating Officer of Ridgeway Partners. He was formerly COO of HedgeFund Intelligence, a specialist financial publishing company. Prior to that, he worked in advertising and commercial roles at the Financial Times. He has an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of St Andrews.

James Joseph

josephJames Joseph is an artist manager and has been hugely influential in the creation of major label jazz artists from the UK (Jason Rebello, Cleveland Watkiss and his brother, Julian), something that until the 1980’s, with only a few exceptions, was unprecedented. He has also played a key role in guiding the careers of British saxophonists Steve Williamson and Courtney Pine, as well as global artists including Nina Simone and Cassandra Wilson.

James’s work in the music business extends into more broad-based projects. He is a consultant for BBC Worldwide and has co-produced many television and radio series and shows for the BBC and ITV. He sits on various boards including the PRS Foundation and The Lottery. He has also executive-produced many productions for film and latterly for the stage.

Recently James has been working with choreographer Sheron Wray whose company, JazzXchange are now resident at the Royal Opera House commissioning the greatest composers for collaboration including Julian Joseph and Wynton Marsalis. Vocal sensation Mica Paris has joined the James Joseph fold.

Corinne Oulton

Photo IDCorinne is a director/partner of Baskerville, a graphic design and marketing business based in SW London. Her business has specialised in creating and launching new brands for 27 years – working with innovative and interesting people in a very broad range of business arenas. A Wandsworth resident for 22 years, she has been an active member of the community, serving as a local school Governor for over 12 years. In this role she was responsible for staffing, and was instrumental in the selection of many senior staff, including two head teachers. She was involved in the creation and implementation of re-structuring workforces, and also in HR management within the school. Corinne has worked with Sahana for over 15 years, sharing her passion in the belief that music is an essential part of education, inspiring and empowering young people.


Veronica Bradbury MBE MA (SCM) Dip. Ed.

After leaving school in 1963 Veronica studied at The University of London Institute of Education and became a teacher. Veronica has travelled extensively and took her first long trip, to India, in the 60s. She and her husband Cyril decided to go overland in an old Land Rover with one suitcase (all they owned at that time) and were away for a year and a half. In India Veronica taught English as a second language.

The majority of her career was spent as head of Allfarthing School in Wandsworth where music was always part of the fabric of the school. The budget was often prohibitive but music was a priority and Veronica made sure that it was never diluted. Many children went on to study music and some made it their career. Louis Theroux (of TV fame) wrote recently about his first glimpse of fame being when he sang with the Allfarthing choir on The Blue Peter programme, as a young pupil at Allfarthing. Many ex Allfarthing pupils remember the wonderful moments that music brought to their lives especially the end of year concerts and music/drama productions.

In 1997 Veronica became enrolled as one of Her Majesty’s OFSTED Inspectors after taking the necessary examinations and studied part time in 1998 to achieve her Master of Arts Degree in School and College Management. Before retirement she was made A Fellow of The College of Teachers. In 2009 she retired from headship after an extremely successful career, in an ‘Outstanding’ school, which has spanned over forty five years. She continues to be busy with lively grandchildren, travel, and advisory and charitable work.

Terry Mansfield CBE – Past Director, Hearst Corporation

Tony Martin – Past Director, QS Quacquarelli Symonds

I am so happy that the timing and circumstances of World Heart Beat launching just when I was retiring have meant that I could find a niche with you, helping you to deliver such wonderful benefits to kids and hopefully to take World Heart Beat forward as a business.

Tanya Russell

Tanya-Russell-1-222x300Tanya was trained as a sculptor by her parents Edwin Russell and Lorne McKean. During and after the 7 year apprenticeship, Tanya gained highly acclaimed public and private commissions. “I love art passionately as a way of distilling and magnifying the essential qualities and ideas of our lives.” Tanya founded the Art Academy in 2000 to attempt to give the best to students, artists and their audiences

Tanya is the Founder and Principal of The Art Academy.

Our aim is to develop artists with a depth of vision, a passion for exploration, creative mastery, and give our students the skills to enable them to reach their full potential and be successful in the art world. Our role is to facilitate this discovery.

Art can be a powerful force for community cohesion, social engagement, skills development, and urban regeneration. The Art Academy is committed to a programme of outreach and community art activities, mainly focused on our local boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth. Our Articulate programme, a new visual-arts based programme working with vulnerable and ‘at risk’ young people.

This is in the form of a series of visual arts workshops, with the aim of developing not only creativity but also general life skills, resulting in tangible benefits for the participating young people.

In the years since founding and running an arts charity myself, I have become more and more convinced of the imperative need to find activities and pursuits that unite and harmonize our diverse young, communities and also give opportunities to young people who find themselves marginalized from society or are struggling within the education systems. I see the World Heart Beat Music Academy being able to help young people pursue creative activities, either as a career alternative or simply as an invaluable way of generating confidence and wider life skills. The World Heart Beat Academy offers this in a most joyful, inspiring and unified way.”

Adarsha Kelly

Having grown up in a housing scheme in Glasgow which is still in the bottom 10 percent in terms of multiple deprivation in the UK, I am a acutely aware of the waste of creative potential among children and young people. I see the World Heart Beat Music Academy as an innovative and joyful way of releasing that potential among London’s underprivileged and under appreciated children and young people.”

Shahid M Malik

shahid-m-malik1Shahid M. Malik was born in October 1954 in Lahore, Pakistan. One of eight siblings, Shahid grew up in the face of working class life. The harsh reality of life in Pakistan in his early years gave him the motivation to achieve great things. He began to write articles for a national newspaper by the age of 15. The following year was to change his life. He wrote a strong article promoting the freedoms and liberty of society, which shook the social framework of rigid Pakistani society. The article started a national debate on freedom and liberty with his article being the focal point of debate in the national assembly of 1970. Despite a successful career ahead of him as a journalist, he left Pakistan for the United Kingdom the very same year, with his dream to travel the world. He continued to write freelance articles for various local and regional papers and soon took up a job at British Airways, Heathrow. Rising within the ranks of British Airways he quickly became a networker. Once described by MD of Prime TV as “the greatest networker in the West”. His interest and relationship within international politics naturally developed over the years and he has established himself as a recognised personality and a great supporter of Human rights. He was the first to establish open dialogue between House of Lords and President Musharraf of Pakistan urging him to allow for civil rights of the people.

Shahid has a lengthy relationship with the Indian Cinema Industry and himself founded and established, which explores content from within and outside of the Asian community in order to provide a bridge for intergration. Shahid is also managining director of Peninsula Pictures Ltd.

James Ware

Educated at St Johns College, Oxford — BA (Jurisprudence) — he qualified as a Solicitor, with Honours. After initial legal experience in banking and international tax planning, he left the City to specialize in copyright law and the entertainment industry, entering into private practice initially on his own and then in partnership with James Saunders. Clients included Virgin Records, Rough Trade Records, Marc Bolan, Joe Strummer and the 1O1ers (The Clash), Aswad and a variety of other players in the music industry at the time. 2005 saw him set up his own new firm in the form of a limited liability partnership, James Ware LLP. The firm’s principal speciality is copyright and the protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights and ideas.

The practice includes music and literary publishing, musicals and other theatrical promotions, independent record companies and producers, specialist rights in the security industries, photographic images, a wide range of performing artists, authors, composers, agents and managers, broadcasters and television production companies, software companies, theatrical entrepreneurs and producers.

Musical clients include bands and performers across a wide range of genres from Deep Purple and Madness to classical composers and performers.


Charlie Gillett

charlie-gillettCharles Gillett, radio presenter, author and music publisher.

Few people can have opened so many ears to such a variety of music over the last four decades as Charlie Gillett. Charlie became a central figure in drawing together the confluence of international sounds that became known, to the benefit of many artists whose work might otherwise have remained in obscurity, as World Music. His discoveries were numerous, from Johnnie Allen’s Cajun version of Chuck Berry’s Promised Land in the early 1970s, through Youssou N’Dour and Salif Keita to Mariza, the young singer of Portuguese fado music who went from appearances on Charlie’s show in 2001 to sellout concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Charlie passed away on 17th March 10.

Visit Charlie Gillett’s Official Website

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