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Our Founding Chairman – Sir Roger Gifford

Founding Chairman Sir Roger Gifford

Sir Roger Gifford, banker and champion of green finance, Lord Mayor of London 2012-13, accomplished amateur musician and tireless supporter of music and musicians, died aged 65 in May 2021 from multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer. He leaves a great legacy – in climate-linked financial services, and in the world of music.

When Roger was preparing for his year as Lord Mayor, he and his wife Clare, who met singing in the Holst singers in the world premiere of Tavener’s Veil of the Temple, wanted their Lord Mayor’s Appeal to support a musical charity – and ended up founding City Music Foundation to fulfil their vision. CMF’s mission, ‘turning talent into success’, was in part realised through combining two strands of the City’s greatest areas of excellence – culture and finance – providing mentoring in the business of music for emerging artists.

In demand for his great skills as a chairman and moderator Roger was chair of the English Chamber Orchestra from 2001 and of Tenebrae Choir from 2010. More recently he chaired the City of London’s Green Finance Initiative and was founding chairman of the Green Finance Institute. The GFI said, “His contribution to the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss, and advancing green finance in the UK was enormous.”

Roger was born in St Andrews, Scotland, and educated at Trinity College, Oxford. After starting his career at SG Warburg he moved to the Swedish bank SEB where he remained for over 30 years until his death. SEB’s chief executive said, “With his winning personality and great depth of knowledge he was immensely important in… establishing SEB’s position as the leading Nordic bank in London.” He served as Alderman of Cordwainer Ward, trustee of St Paul’s Cathedral Foundation, past master of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and also the Worshipful Company of International Bankers, governor of Sedbergh School, honorary fellow of Trinity College Oxford and honorary consul of the Republic of Lithuania in the county of Dorset. Roger was knighted in 2014 for services to international business, culture and the City.

Roger is greatly missed, but his energy, vision and sense of fun will remain with all the people whose lives he touched.

Our team

Clare Taylor Managing Director

Dr Clare Taylor

Managing Director

Clare is a co-founder of CMF (along with Sir Roger Gifford) and has been a Trustee since the beginning, before taking the helm in 2015.

Clare trained as a doctor at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College and spent time in laboratory research obtaining a PhD at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund before going on to become a consultant haematologist and a Fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists. Before deciding on a career break to support Roger in his role in the City, Clare was a medical director with the UK blood services, and a consultant to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, as well as holding an international role in Haemovigilance.

Alongside her medical career, Clare has been immersed in music all her life having musical parents and musical children. She sang with the choir of St Bartholomew the Great for many years, and with the Tallis Chamber Choir, as well as Collegium Musicum for whom she was a soloist in St John’s Smith Square. In 2000 she was a founder member and then a trustee of the Choir of the 21st Century. She has sung under the baton of many conductors including Thomas Adès, Steuart Bedford, Martyn Brabbins, Hilary Davan Wetton, Mark Elder, John Gardner, Roy Goodman, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Richard Hickox, Neeme Jarvi, Stephen Layton, John Lubbock, Charles Mackerras, Roger Norrington, Andrew Parrott, Jeffrey Tate, and Guy Woolfenden.

Clare is also a director of Ludlow Song and a trustee of Two Moors Festival. She is a liveryman of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and a freeman of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners. Clare has hugely enjoyed the opportunity to make this career change from medicine to music.

Fleur Chaffé

Communications & Events Manager

Fleur is City Music Foundation’s Communications & Events Manager.

Milly March

Milly March

Communications & Events Manager

Milly joined the team in September 2022 as the Communications & Events Manager on a freelance basis.

Milly was born in Portsmouth, UK and raised in Stavanger, Norway. She read Creative Music Technology at the University of Surrey, where her biggest regret was not auditioning for the University Challenge team.

For over 5 years, Milly worked at Britten Sinfonia, where she worked her way up to the role of Marketing Manager. In 2022 Milly decided to embark on a freelance career in arts marketing. Milly’s clients have included NW Live Arts, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Cambridge Live, Academy of Ancient Music, Rebecca Yates London and Kings Lynn Festival.

When not in her natural habitat of Glastonbury Festival, she can be found knitting, playing video games or taking photos on her DSLR camera.

Daniel Gethin

Assistant Artist Manager

Daniel joined the team as Assistant to the Managing Director, combining his writing and research work for City Music Foundation with a career as a freelance countertenor.

After reading English at university, he embarked on a career as a musician, singing first at New College, Oxford as a lay clerk before moving to London, where he sings with St Paul’s Cathedral, Temple Church and the Brompton Oratory. He has worked with vocal ensembles such as EXAUDI, Ex Cathedra and Oxford Bach Soloists, and has sung for conductors including David Skinner, Laurence Cummings and Eamonn Dougan. He is a member of Vox Medicea, an ensemble founded by the Medici Archive Project which seeks to revive Florentine Polyphony during the era of the Medici family, singing from part-books.

He has also worked for the charity Pimlico Musical Foundation as a Teacher-Singer since its conception in 2018, combining his love for singing and education. In his spare time, he is a keen golfer, failing to improve year on year.


Alastair King

Alastair King

Alastair is currently Founder and Chairman of Naisbitt King Asset Management Limited (NKAML) and Alderman for the Ward of Queenhithe.

Alastair is the Founder and Chairman of Naisbitt King Asset Management Limited (NKAML), an independent, FCA-regulated fund management firm, headquartered in London. NKAML is a noted specialist in London’s global fixed income markets and runs a number of fixed income funds. It also advises on Islamic debt instruments (sukuk) and green bonds. Previously, Alastair was the Founder and Chief Executive of Eredene Capital, an infrastructure investment fund. At the start of his career, he qualified as a solicitor in London and practised with a major City of London firm. Alastair also has a Masters degree from London Business School. Alastair was elected as the Alderman of the Ward of Queenhithe in the City of London in November 2016. Prior to this election, he represented the Ward of Queenhithe as a councillor continuously from 1999 to 2016. He sits on the City of London Finance and Culture committees, as well as serving as a Governor of one of its schools. He sits on the boards of a number of charities and voluntary bodies.

Kate Gee

Kate Gee

Kate Gee is a Psychologist and Research Fellow in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music (RCM) and an honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London.

She has worked on the £1m AHRC funded HEartS project, exploring the impact of the arts and culture on health and wellbeing, from individual, social, and economic perspectives. She also taught Arts and Health and Research Methods and Ethics courses at the RCM.

Between 2013 – 2018 Kate spent five years as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, where she established the first cross-faculty undergraduate course in music psychology, whilst teaching research methods and postgraduate courses on critical perspectives on mental health and wellbeing. She also became program director for the UKs first part-time Psychology Conversion Course. Kate has supervised numerous PhD and MSc students.

Prior to lecturing she undertook postdoctoral research with the Sheffield Performer and Audience Research Centre, as well as working for the Sheffield Cognitive and Neuroimaging Laboratory within Academic Clinical Psychiatry.

Kate trained as a psychologist at the University of Sheffield, completing a BSc (2003), MSc in research methods (2005), and PhD in social psychology and music (2010). Kate’s PhD research was carried out under the tutelage of Prof Chris Spencer and Prof Stephanie Pitts, examining musical identities and portfolio careers in artists.

Her current research focusses on music-making, musicians’ careers (the nature of portfolio working), and wellbeing (particularly performance anxiety and perfectionism). She uses applied methodologies and lifespan, career, and social identity frameworks to understand musicians’ lives and work. She was a previous trustee for the British Association for Music Therapy.

Sir Andrew Parmley

Sir Andrew Parmley

Andrew is Principal of the Harrodian School and a former Lord Mayor of the City London (2016-17).

He has been an elected Member of Common Council since 1992 and was elected Alderman of Vintry Ward in 2001 upon the retirement of Sir John Chalstrey. He has served on most of the Corporation’s committees and has been Chairman of both the City of London School for Girls and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

He is Principal at the Harrodian School in West London, Organist of Wren’s “lantern”, St James Garlickhythe, and a specialist in 17th-century French music.

He is a member of eight Livery Companies and was Master Musician in 2011-2012. He also supports several charities and is Chairman of the Montessori St Nicholas Charity.

Andrew was knighted in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to Music, Education and Civic Engagement.

Peter Tompkins

Peter Tompkins

Actuary Peter works on overseas pension plan design in developing countries in association with Callund Consulting.

Advisory Board

Sir Mark Boleat, Former Chairman of Policy for the City of London

Susan Blum, Management Consultant, individual and team coach and workplace mediator

Paul Max Edlin, Composer, Artistic Director of Deal Festival and former Director of Music at QMUL

Wim Hautekiet, Board Member of Quantessence Limited

Sir Nicholas Kenyon CBE, Former Managing Director, Barbican Centre

Stephen Kirk, CEO, SKCI Business Consultancy

Kathryn McDowell CBE, Managing Director, London Symphony Orchestra

William Palin, CEO, Barts Heritage

Seb Scotney, Editor, London Jazz News

Adrian Waddingham CBE, Former Partner, Barnett Waddingham


City Music Foundation is very happy to have wonderful patrons who understand our mission, and why it is so essential, and help us to support outstanding musical talent.