Meet our new Chair and Vice Chair of Trustees

Greg Davies and Jo Thomas Headshots
Wednesday 12th December 2018
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Sound and Music

Chair of Trustees, Greg B Davies, PhD

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Greg is an expert in applied behavioural finance, decision science, impact investing, and financial wellbeing.

Greg started the banking world’s first behavioural finance team at Barclays in 2006, which he led for a decade. In 2017 he joined Oxford Risk to lead the development of behavioural decision support software to help people make the best possible financial decisions.

Greg holds a PhD in Behavioural Decision Theory from Cambridge; is an Associate Fellow at Oxford’s Saïd Business School; and author of Behavioral Investment Management.

Greg is co-creator of Open Outcry, a ‘reality opera’ premiered in London in 2012, creating live performance from a functioning trading floor. In earlier days he sang with the World Youth Choir and BBC Symphony Chorus, and is currently a member of London’s Elysian Singers.

Greg said, "I could not be more thrilled to take up the chair role at Sound and Music. Music, creativity and culture are ever more important today in forging social understanding, cohesion and trust. In the four years I have been a trustee I have developed an ever deeper enthusiasm for Sound and Music's valuable role in creating a world where new music and sound prospers, and where diverse people can come together in creative endeavour."


Vice Chair, Jo Thomas, PhD 

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Jo Thomas is a London based electronic music composer.

Her electronic music captures a combination of raw and sensitive sonic matter. Her work stems from her own voice, electronically generated signals and often new and innovate electronic instruments.She writes impactful soulful electronic work, full of detail, liveness, frequency range and nuances.

Her work frequently moves between the realms of science and art she writes about the world around her often looking at human rights, physical spaces and intersectionality.

In 2012 she won the Golden Nica for Digital Sound Art and Music from Prix Ars Electronica for her work Crystal sounds of a Synchrotron. Her work has been reviewed by the Wire Music Magazine, Sunday Times, New Scientist and Nature Journal.

Jo has a Bmus, Mmus (composition) from Bangor university and PhD from City university in electro acoustic composition.

As a performing electronic artist she has performed alongside a number of notable artists including Max de Wardener, Maria Chavez,Oliva Laurel,Josephine Stephenson,Will Dutta, Lee Gamble, Phil Niblock,Charles Hayward, and Squarepusher. Jo has worked on multiple large scale commissions throughout her career, this year she worked with Nonclassical on a drum machine concerto performing at in Village Underground.

Her most recent work is called Natures Numbers a commission from Classical Remix to write a work which drew on Radiophonic Techniques and the Music and Papers of Delia Derbyshire.This was toured in November 2018 as part of the Synth Remix Tour.

Recently her music was part of an award-winning film and documentary Little Tsunamis. This film has been awarded two first prizes and official selection twice. As an artist she often collaborates with other artists to make new explorative work. She runs her own label "Soft Apple” releases and publishes her own music and works as a producer. Her music has been published by Naxos, NMC recordings, Entracte.

She is an innovative thinker and entrepreneur.

Jo said, "I am very proud to be voted on to this board as Vice Chair for this incredible music charity. As a composer,a creator I hope to offer a good perspective and will endeavour to do all I can to support composers and musicians who are actively writing and playing new music in an increasingly often challenging environment.

I look forward to working with Greg Davies and Susanna Eastburn and look forward to the year ahead in 2019."

Jo Thomas sits on the steering committee of the organisation Take it away. Jo works for the Arts council of England as a Contemporary Music Assessor.

She is a Director on the board of Directors at BASCA. Jo is a member of the Music Producers Guild.

Jo Thomas has limited dexterity in one of her hands. She has actively worked as a musician for most of her life and is an Ambassador for the Snowdon Award Scheme.

Chief Executive, Susanna Eastburn MBE said:

"Greg has been a fantastic Board member for some years now, and I am really delighted to see him step into the role of Chair where his incredible strategic and business experience will be invaluable in leading and shaping the next era of Sound and Music’s development. I am also very happy to see Jo become Vice Chair, not least because as a practicing artist herself, she ensures that this essential perspective remains at the very core of the organisation’s work.

I also want to offer my deepest thanks to departing chair John Knell, who has not only overseen Sound and Music’s growth and progress since 2013, but has been a wonderful friend and colleague whose brilliant mind never ceases to stimulate and astonish me."

Meet our Board of Trustees here


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