Martin Kettle from the Guardian and Sam Jackson, Managing Editor of Classic FM, have become the most recent Board members of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. They will join the next Board meeting in March 2014.
Sam said: "I'm delighted to be joining the board of Trinity Laban, and am very much looking forward to working with the team at this world class conservatoire. It is now a great privilege to become involved in the organisation in this way, as we look to support and develop the next generation of outstanding musicians and dancers."
Martin also welcomed the appointment: "It is a great honour to be joining Trinity Laban. I am excited to be doing whatever I can to support music and dance education in general and Trinity Laban in particular, because of its unique work combining the two art forms."
Lord Lipsey, Trinity Laban Chairman, said: "We are extremely fortunate to have been able to recruit two new outstanding trustees. Martin Kettle is a distinguished journalist and music critic; while Sam is fast acquiring a stellar reputation through his work at Classic FM."
With campuses in Greenwich and Deptford, and over 1,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, Trinity Laban is the UK's only conservatoire of music and dance. Its innovative course provision, exciting performances and groundbreaking education, community and social inclusion work make Trinity Laban a leader in the advancement of elite and creative artistic practice.
The organisation fosters the musicians, dancers and artistic leaders of the future, enriching Britain's vibrant cultural life and its creative industries which are vital to a balanced, diverse economy. In addition, almost 99 % of Trinity Laban's first degree leavers in 2012 were in employment or further study six months after graduation - ranking it second out of 151 higher education institutions in the UK.
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is a company limited by guarantee and also a registered charity. The Board of Directors is made up of elected (independent) governors and representative governors (staff and students), all of whom are Trustees of the Conservatoire. Independent governors are also the members of the Company. The current chairman is Labour peer Lord Lipsey and the Patron of Trinity Laban is HRH the Duke of Kent.
Sam Jackson is the Managing Editor of Global Radio's national classical music station, Classic FM, responsible for the station's entire on-air output - a position he has held since 2011. His role also includes oversight of Classic FM's music policy, programming of the Classic FM Live concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, and work across Classic FM's range of books, downloads and album releases. In 2013, Classic FM was named both UK Radio Brand of the Year at the Sony Radio Academy Awards and Best Classical Format at the New York International Radio Festival.
Sam has worked at Classic FM for nearly a decade: prior to 2011, he spent three years as the station's Executive Producer and Head of Music. He caught the radio bug whilst at university, where he undertook a placement at BBC Radio York - and as a student, Sam was also a member of the inaugural Classic FM Consumer Panel, chaired by the former Culture Secretary, Chris Smith.
Sam is the author of several books on classical music and also writes about life as a father of three young children at www.diaryofadesperatedad.com.
Martin Kettle has spent his working life as a journalist and writer. He is currently a columnist, assistant editor and chief political leader writer on the Guardian newspaper. He writes about British, European and American politics, as well as about arts, home affairs, history, law, the media and music.
He worked as a journalist on New Society magazine and was a political correspondent on the Sunday Times before joining the Guardian in 1984. He has worked for the Guardian as chief leader writer on two occasions, including since 2010 to the present, and has written a weekly political column since 1994. He was Europe editor 1990-94 and Washington correspondent 1997-2001.
Martin comes from Leeds in Yorkshire, where he went to local schools, before studying modern history at Oxford University.