About Us

Head Office Staff

Edward Milner

Chief Executive

Edward works alongside the Artistic Director and is responsible for the strategic development, management and overall leadership of the organisation.

Christopher Bell

Artistic Director

Belfast born Christopher Bell is the Artistic Director of NYCOS and Chorus Director of the Grant Park Music Festival, Chicago.

Lucinda Geoghegan

Creative Learning Director

Lucinda's work involves Staff Development training across Britain presenting workshops on Kodály musicianship and methodology.

Peter Muir

Director of Marketing & Development

Peter oversees the organisation’s marketing and development planning and initiatives, ensuring the long-term sustainability of NYCOS. He monitors the impact of marketing, communications and fundraising activities, seeking continuous improvement and efficiencies.

Ruth Townsend

Head of National Choirs

Ruth is responsible for overseeing the National Choirs and Music Library. She organises auditions, residential courses, tours and concerts. She has been with the organisation since the Glasgow office opened in 2000 and is currently the Green Champion for NYCOS.

Carole Allen

Head of Creative Learning

Carole organises Kodály training events throughout the year, including the annual summer school. She also runs Youth Music Initiative projects, organises external engagements for Regional Choirs and acts as the main point of contact for all enquires relating to education.

Teresa Lowe

Development Manager

Teresa is responsible for leading on fundraising campaigns and raising new income streams to support the organisation’s core activities. She works across all areas including trusts and foundations, individual giving, legacies, corporate partnerships, and fundraising events.

Rachel Murphy

Marketing & Communications Officer

Rachel works on the organisation’s marketing campaigns and supports the wider team on all tasks relating to marketing, communications, design, digital, events, audience and member development. She is the first point of contact for all marketing and media enquiries.

Claire Hart

Creative Learning Coordinator

Claire provides administrative support to Creative Learning projects, assisting with training events and engagements throughout the year. She administers Regional Choir memberships, workshops and concerts and is the main point of contact for Mini Music Makers.

Gillian Hardy

Finance Officer

Gillian oversees day-to-day financial matters and keeps on top of fees, payroll, accounts, sales and purchases. She works to support the wider team on all financial-related tasks and works with support agents to ensure the accuracy of all financial records.

Eilidh McNaughton

Executive Assistant

Eilidh provides operational and administrative support to the Chief Executive and NYCOS Board as well as managing HR and day-to-day office operations.

Natalie Brayshaw

Development Coordinator
and Office Administrator

Natalie provides administrative and clerical support to the wider team, processes payments, oversees purchase orders and manages stock. She works closely with the Executive Assistant to ensure the smooth running of in-house operations and acts as the first point of contact for general enquiries.

Choir Staff