Trustees & Committee

Finchley Children’s Music Group is a charity whose purpose is the promotion of singing and choral training for children aged 4 – 18 in North London. FCMG seeks to give all children a safe, happy experience that challenges and develops their skills as part of the FCMG choirs, performing with excellence and learning with excitement.

FCMG is registered with the Charity Commission and is governed by a Board of Trustees, most of whom have (or have had) children in one of the FCMG choirs. The trustees are elected by the members of the charity at the Annual General Meeting for a three-year term, which is renewable for one further three-year term or longer if they currently have a child in one of the choirs.

FCMG also has a very active committee made up largely of choir parents, some of whom are also trustees, in addition to a part-time administrator and the musical director. The committee members take charge of the day-to-day running of the choirs and the events in which they are involved.

If you are currently an FCMG parent and would like to join the committee please contact the FCMG Administrator via the contact page.

The current trustees and committee are:

Theresa Ward

Chair, Trustee & Committee Member

My two daughters started in Beginners over a decade ago. My eldest has just left to focus on her A levels and the second is in Senior and Chamber choirs, but since my son is only in Beginners, I foresee being involved in FCMG for a good few years to come. I used to participate in choirs myself including Brighton Festival Chorus and the chorus of Dorset Opera for many years. In my working life, I am a research scientist specialising in the cell biology of host-pathogen interactions for several infectious diseases. I am currently the Chair of FCMG.

Paul Guenault

Secretary & Trustee

I have 3 daughters who are or have been in the FCMG choirs and have been involved as a parent for a number of years. The quality of the group both musically and socially is unparalleled and so I am delighted to be able to support further by being the Summer School organiser. As a music graduate I have worked in education (mainly in secondary schools) for over 25 years and I am currently running a County Music Service and other education services for a Learning Trust.

Mark Sellis

Treasurer, Trustee & Committee Member

I have four children who very much enjoy singing with FCMG in the Senior and Chamber Choirs. I’m a chartered accountant (FCA) with over 25 years experience in both large international companies and local not-for-profit organisations, in roles including Finance Director and Chief Executive. I now have my own accountancy practice, www.creativeaccountants.co.uk. We work with small businesses providing insight into their numbers to help them grow, as well as offering the full range of accounting and tax compliance services. For larger organisations we can provide interim Finance Director services. Unfortunately, I do not share my family’s musical talent (my piano teacher at school gently suggested I wasn’t quite ready for Grade 1). However, I do enjoy listening to a wide range of music and my tastes have become even wider as I have been privileged to experience the extensive FCMG repertoire performed so professionally.

Judith Iacovou

Child Safeguarding, Trustee & Committee Member

It has been a real pleasure to witness my daughter’s enthusiasm for singing and all things musical since she started in the Beginners choir under Janie in 2013. The spirit and ethos of FCMG provides children with a fantastic framework in which to explore and develop their musicianship as they grow and I am very pleased to have been asked to give my support in an official capacity to this super organisation. I grew up in a musically appreciative family and have sung in various choirs and choral societies throughout my life, currently being a member of Finchley Choral Society. In my professional life I work in Clinical Governance and Compliance, specialising in the design and operational implementation of national Nurse programmes in the NHS.

Sarah Phillips

Trustee

I have always enjoyed singing but my professional life has been in maths and then accountancy. I am a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales, a governor of King Alfred School and a trustee of the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools. My son Sammy joined FCMG in 1998 and my daughter Izzy started in the Infants a year later. Their time with FCMG gave them amazing experiences and a life long love of music and singing. Over the years, I have been involved with FCMG as Intermediates Administrator and as chaperone for tours, summer schools and concerts, I became Treasurer in 2005 and handed this role over to Mark Sellis in 2016. I enjoy children and enjoy seeing them grow and develop. I feel that singing with FCMG is a life changing experience and I would like it to be available to many children.

Polly Richards

Trustee

I have been an FCMG parent for 10 years with many more ahead of me! I have two children in senior choir who both started with Janie aged 4. They have benefited immensely from joining this community, both musically and socially, and hugely enjoy the performing opportunities that are starting to come their way. I am delighted to help this remarkable organisation in any way I can. I am a doctor, living in North West London.

Laura Fazzolari

Committee Member

I have lived in North London for most of my life, am married and have 4 children. I grew up singing and loving music which I learnt to appreciate through my parents who both worked in the opera and theatre. I now sing in my local church choir and from time to time with an amateur music group. My youngest daughter Valentina (Valli) has been a member of FCMG for 7 years now. She started when she was 4 with Janie and Raymond Mack in the Beginners choir, who instilled in her a great love for music and singing. Valli is now in the Senior choir and absolutely loves it. I think we will be long standing members of FCMG! I am responsible for organising chaperones for the Beginners and Intermediate choirs which I am very happy to do as it brings together skills that I use in my working life and enjoy.

Anne Sellis

Membership Secretary & Committee Member

I have 4 children in Finchley Children’s Music Group. Leo in Beginners, Zach in Intermediates, Caitlin in Seniors and Drew in Chamber. Drew and Caitlin joined just over 7 years ago and my youngest two joined when they were 4 and are working their way up. I am the Membership Secretary which involves greeting new parents, collecting fees and updating contact details for all of our singers. I am also a keen singer and am a member of Finchley Choral Society.

Debby Rossiter

Librarian & Committee Member

Catrin Dillon

Committee Member