Formerly Chair of CBI Wales, Michael is a Welsh business leader and passionate arts supporter with wide-ranging global experience. He is influential in shaping public policy and his business advice is sought after by governments in both Westminster and Cardiff. With extensive knowledge of commercial and non-profit organisations, he started his career as an investment banker in London before returning to Wales to run a business. By invitation of the Secretary of State for Wales, he chaired Building a More Prosperous Wales, a report for the UK Government on the Welsh economy, and has an OBE for services to business and entrepreneurship.
He is also joined on the Board by two newly appointed Directors, Sarah Alexander and Helen Sanderson who both take up their roles in August. They follow the appointments of April Koyejo-Audiger, Ian Lewis, Tianyi Lu, David Ruebain and Nitin Sawhney CBE as Board members in January this year.
As Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the National Youth Orchestra, Sarah Alexander OBE has grown the institution from working with 164 young people to one that reaches 10,000 teenagers, opening access to young people from all backgrounds. It is now widely celebrated as the world’s greatest orchestra for teenagers. Sarah spent many years in Wales leading the education department at Welsh National Opera and has won prestigious awards from the Association of British Orchestras and the Royal Philharmonic Society among others. Sarah became an Honorary Fellow of the College in 2022.
Helen Sanderson joins as the Board representative elected by RWCMD colleagues. A performer, educator, arranger, composer and creative entrepreneur she is Head of Guitar Performance at the College. With an international performing career centred on chamber music, she founded the music education charity, Guitar Circus, home of the National Youth Guitar Ensemble, and the World Youth Guitar Festival of which she is Artistic Director.