I joined the BMF Board as Chair in 2020 bringing extensive experience of delivering arts projects to companies such as the National Theatre, Glyndebourne, Barbican Theatre, Aldeburgh Festival and numerous regional companies. As a performer and animateur my career has spanned theatre, radio, television, opera, schools and higher education.
I am a Senior Examiner in Drama, Musical Theatre and Communication Skills for Trinity College London, working in UK and global markets, external assessor for Stagecoach Performing Arts and head up the Diploma programme at Cygnet Theatre, a drama school based in Exeter. I sing with the Exeter Festival Chorus.
I have always put inclusion high on the agenda in my professional work and feel passionate about making cultural events accessible to rural communities. I have tremendous enthusiasm to make BMF the premier classical music event in the South West’s cultural calendar.
NICHOLAS KELLAGHER – Treasurer
I became the Festival Treasurer in 2021 after retiring some years ago from an international career in accounting with Ernst & Young and other leading companies.
As a chartered accountant I am responsible for keeping the accounts of the Festival and ensuring that the Festival is financially compliant with charitable and company accounting legislation and reporting requirements. I also contribute to strategic planning and securing sponsorship.
I have been actively involved with music for many years. I currently sing tenor in several local choirs and play the violin is several local orchestras and music ensembles.
JANET KELIHER – Company Secretary
I joined the BMF Board in 2021. In my early career I worked as a corporate lawyer in the City, and it is now great to be able to combine my musical interests with my legal knowledge.
I am currently a lecturer in law at Exeter University where my research interests include the interaction between law and culture and where I am an academic lead for Equality Diversity and Inclusivity and a Speak Out Guardian.
I grew up playing all sorts of instruments, still play the piano at home whenever I can and enjoy singing in ad hoc choral groups.
MADELEINE COLLIE – Friends’ Secretary
I moved to Budleigh Salterton in 2015 and was delighted to find a glorious week of classical music right on my doorstep. I joined the BMF soon after and get a real buzz from representing our Festival Friends, who are so supportive of the Festival.
My career background includes scientific research, business consultancy in IT trading systems and senior management roles in an international energy company. In parallel I have enjoyed contributing to several charities as a Trustee.
I became profoundly deaf as a young adult and received a cochlear implant when I was 59 which reawakened my love of listening to music, though watching music happen has always been a fascination.
MARTYN EVANS – Trustee
I joined the BMF Board as a Trustee in 2023. I bring to the Board a life-long involvement with music, together with experience of governance, strategic leadership and education. I am strongly committed to supporting community participation in music.
I retired in 2019 after a long academic career focused on the philosophy of music, philosophy of medicine, and medical humanities at the Universities of Cardiff, Swansea and Durham. I am an Honorary Fellow of both the Royal College of Practitioners and the Royal College of Physicians.
I grew up playing the piano, and together with choral singing, the piano has been the mainstay of my musical life – although I have dabbled in accompanying, conducting, and even a bit of composition. More enduringly, I met my wife through playing piano duets! I am fond of jazz, transfixed by Schumann and Sibelius, and devoted to Bach.