ENO board

HRH The Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy, Patron

Sir Vernon Ellis, President 

Sir Vernon Ellis was Chairman of ENO from 2005 to 2012. He chaired the board of the National Opera Studio 2012-2019. He is chair of the Leeds International Piano Competition, the Britten-Pears Foundation and Live Music Now and was a Trustee of the Royal College of Music for six years.

Sir Vernon was awarded a Knighthood in the New Year Honours, 2011 for services to music.

Dr Harry Brünjes, Chairman (appointed Chairman January 2015)

Dr Harry Brünjes (London University and Guy’s Hospital) started Premier Medical from his Harley Street Practice, becoming Chairman of the Premier Medical Group which included RTA and Kuro Healthcare. RTA was sold to BUPA in 2005. In 2010 Premier Medical was acquired by Capita. In 2016 Harry reacquired PMG.  In 2018 WARP Technologies and Medicals Direct were added to the consortium. Non-Exec positions include The Good Care Group, Equity Red Star (Lloyd’s Syndicate) and Newmans Clinics.

Harry was Governor of Bedford Modern School, Valderrama Golf Club, EWI and President of the Sussex Medico-Chirurgical Society. In 2010 Harry was elected Vice-President of the College of Medicine and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. Harry is Chairman of Lancing College. Harry has a lifelong interest in music, theatre, opera and piano.

Dr Harry Brünjes

Louise Jeffreys, Deputy Chair (appointed Deputy Chair September 2019)

Louise is Artistic Director at the Barbican Centre responsible for the formulation, implantation and delivery of the Barbican’s artistic programme and strategic vision. Louise brings her knowledge and skills to ENO’s artistic and strategic vision and sits on the Artistic Committee. Louise led the development of the Barbican’s presence in east London, resulting in a wider more diverse audience, and an increase of income from rental and commercial deals and partnership funding.

Louise’s previous roles include Administrative Director at the Nottingham Playhouse, Head of Production at Bayerische Staatsoper and Technical Director of English National Opera.

Louise Jeffreys

Adiba Ighodaro (appointed December 2019)

Adiba is a Partner and Senior Adviser on global strategic relationships at international private equity firm Actis, where she has spent close to 30 years as both an investor and fundraiser. Her career started as a lawyer and she is a former Non Executive Director of Old Mutula Plc, and a current member of the EMPEA Africa Council.

Recognised by Private Equity Africa as one of the top female deal makers and fundraisers in the industry, as well as for the impact her leadership has had on women, Adiba has demonstrated an ability to raise funds consistently through up and down cycles, and in establishing enduring institutional investor partnerships globally.

In addition to her deep love of music, Adiba brings to the board her financial, strategic and legal expertise together with her passion for and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Adiba Ighodaro

Adiba Ighodaro

Nicholas Addyman (appointed June 2015)

Nick is a former City solicitor and a founder member of the Parabis Group, sold to Duke Street Capital in 2012. Nick has considerable experience and knowledge gained from his professional career and ENO benefits from Nick’s legal and financial insights at Board level.

Nick holds a number of non-executive directorships both in the commercial and charitable sectors and is not only a keen supporter of ENO but supports a number of other arts organisations including Rosie Kay Dance Company.

Nicholas Addyman

Sally Burgess (appointed February 2017)

Highly acclaimed mezzo soprano Sally Burgess began her relationship with ENO in 1978 and went on to perform at most of the world’s major opera houses collaborating with many eminent conductors including Sir Mark Elder and Sir Charles Mackerras.

As a Vocal Professor at the Royal College of Music and Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Sally shares her extensive experience as a performer and teacher in music education with the Board and is a committed advocate of the organisation. Sally leads masterclasses, workshops and competitions and regularly directs opera scenes across Europe, Russia and South Africa.

She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music (2011)

Sally Burgess

Patty Dimond (appointed September 2016)

Patty is an investor in Early Stage Businesses, a Non-Executive and Co-Author: Driven to the Brink: Why Corporate Governance, Board Leadership and Culture Matter. She has had an international executive career advising large PLC, Private Equity and owner operated companies with restructuring, transformation and growth. Her business leadership, marketing and financial skills are brought to the ENO Board from her successful career experience.

She is a McKinsey alumnae of the Retail, Financial Services and Corporate Finance practices, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), a Chartered Accountant (CA) and holds an MBA from IMD Switzerland.

Patty Dimond

Phil Edgar-Jones (appointed September 2016)

Phil Edgar-Jones is Director of Sky Arts and has commissioned opera broadcasts from the Royal Opera House, ENO and Glyndebourne. His appointment to the ENO Board brings a wide-ranging knowledge of media and the entertainment business coupled with leadership skills.

Phil has overseen the creation of Portrait and Landscape Artists of the Year alongside a myriad of other programmes spanning the spectrum of Arts genres. Sky Arts is the first broadcaster to broadcast Wagner’s Ring Cycle from Bayreuth which was simulcast in the UK, Germany, Italy and Australia.

Phil Edgar-Jones

Sally Osman (appointed August 2019)

A respected and highly experienced communications expert, Sally Osman was Director of Royal Communications (based at Buckingham Palace) from June 2013 until December 2018. She was made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order by the Queen.

Prior to joining the Royal Household, Sally was Director of Corporate Communications at Sony Europe, as well as Director of Communications for the BBC. She has also had senior communications roles at Channel 5 and BskyB.

Sally Osman

Huw van Steenis (appointed November 2015)

Huw van Steenis FRSA, is a financier formerly at Morgan Stanley where he led Financials Research. Huw has won numerous investment awards and his views have appeared widely in the international media and in testimony. He provides the board with his knowledge of finance and financial governance alongside his leadership skills and advocacy for the company.

He has a life-long interest in classical music and is an active supporter of the arts. He currently sits on a number of advisory panels including the World Economic Forum’s Agenda Council on Banking, the WEF’s Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services Group and the European Central Bank’s Macro-Prudential and Financial Stability Group.

Huw van Steenis

Professor Ajit Lalvani (appointed June 2020)

Ajit is Chair of Infectious Diseases and Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Respiratory Infections Health Protection Research Unit at Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

He is committed to improving resilience and wellbeing in underprivileged communities by tackling the social determinants of health including active engagement in the performing arts. He is also Chair of Trustees at the Bromley-by-Bow Centre which pioneered social prescribing, Governor of The Science Museum Group and Chair of the India Alliance Strategy Board, India’s most esteemed medical research funding organisation. 

Professor Ajit Lalvani

Lord Sumption (appointed June 2015)

Jonathan is a British judge, author and mediaeval historian. His appointment brings the board his legal expertise, and a passion for supporting ENO. He served as a deputy High Court judge in the Chancery Division, a judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and the Guernsey and a member of the Judicial Appointments Commission for England and Wales.

In January 2012 he was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court, the first person appointed to the court directly from the bar since its inception in 2009.

Jonathan is a Deputy Chair of the Royal Academy of Music.

Lord Sumption

Patti White (appointed September 2016)

Patti White has been president of the American Friends of ENO (AFENO), since 2012. Patti has been involved with AFENO since 2004 and brings to the board a wealth of experience in strategic planning for fundraising, advocacy and volunteering.

Outside of ENO Patti has sat on the board and acted as Chair for the UK-based charity the UK Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. This supports the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C.

Patti White 

Anthony Whitworth-Jones (appointed September 2012)

Anthony Whitworth-Jones was General Director of Garsington Opera from 2005 until 2012 and oversaw the company’s move to its present theatre in Wormsley Estate. Anthony brings to the board and the Artistic Committee of which he is Chair, his comprehensive knowledge of arts administration and leadership and artistic excellence. Prior to Garsington, he was Artistic Director at the Casa da Musica Porto, Portugal and was General Director at Dallas Opera House.

He was General Director at Glyndebourne from 1989 until 1998, closely involved in the creation of the new opera house there. He is chairman of the Michael Tippett Musical Foundation, and curator in an annual summer festival of free musical events at King’s Cross.

Anthony Whitworth-Jones

John Cooke, Board Secretary

John Cooke is an international economic relations consultant, and Chairman of a City of London group focusing on financial services liberalisation. John brings the board his expertise in finance and governance. John is also Chairman of the ENO Benevolent Fund, a registered charity which makes grants to past or present members of the company in cases of special need or hardship. He is also Deputy Chairman of SITPRO, a trade facilitation agency.

John was previously Head of International Relations at the Association of British Insurers. He regularly contributes to conferences, seminars and publications on international trade policy and financial services regulatory issues.

John Cooke