Meet the Trustees
Andrew Adam became involved with the Orchestra from its inception in 1994. His daughter Victoria was one of the founder members and played at the Inaugural Concert in March 1995.
Andrew was our Treasurer for eight years and is our representative with Making Music.
Helen Elkin was appointed as a Trustee at the A.G.M. in November 2019.
Helen has two children in the Senior Orchestra and is a keen musician herself, playing clarinet and cello. She has many behind the scenes duties, which are so vital in an organisation such as ours. She is also the liaison person between the trustees and the music tutors. She also provides a helping hand in both the Intermediate and Senior Orchestra as well as teaching our clarinet trainees.
Helen has been a primary school teacher for 25 years and currently teaches in Newcastle.
Helen was born near Stone, Staffs and moved to Congleton with her husband and daughter in 1983.
Before her marriage she was Secretary to the Hospital Administrator of the City General Hospital. Following her marriage she worked as Personal Secretary to the Professor of Veterinary Anatomy at Liverpool University.
Helen was the Co-Founder of the Orchestra with Mark Wasserberg, then Head of Dane Valley High School in 1994. She has been involved ever since. Her daughter Anna was a founder member of the Orchestra .
Helen was awarded the Rotary Cub of Congleton "Vocational Service Award" in December 1998 and was also presented with a Silver Salver at the 10th Anniversary Concert in Congleton Town Hall in recognition of her outstanding service to the Orchestra.
I am a retired HR Manager from within the international investment insurance sector. Recently relocated to Congleton from Chichester in West Sussex and previously a treasurer for two small charitable organisations there. Musical skills are limited having learnt piano, violin and recorder as a child and since forgotten most of what I knew, but I am a member of Congleton Community Choir. A mum/stepmum to 6 children and grandma to 10, so life is busy keeping track of them all. In any remaining spare time pilates, walking, gardening, swimming, reading and DIY are favourite activities.
Claire was co-opted as a Trustee in November 2018. She previously worked as a Senior Tutor for the Music for Schools Foundation which involves supporting, training and assessing other teachers. She teaches brass and woodwind privately.
Over the years she has played in numerous brass bands and orchestras, and was invited and played in the Nova Scotia International Tattoo in 1998.
She is married with two boys, who are currently at University. One son previously played for the Congleton Youth Orchestra.
Steve Frost was elected as a Trustee at the A.G.M. on 31st October 2009.
Steve is well known in Congleton, having been on the Congleton Carnival Committee for several years, and was responsible for the infamous "Carni Bear".
Steve brings a down to earth attitude, along with a sense of humour, to the Trustees, and we hope he enjoys his time with the Orchestra.
I was elected to the Advisory Panel of the Orchestra as a Parent Representative in October 2020. I have two children in the Orchestra. I am a Registered Chaperone and am happy to help wherever I am needed. My area of expertise is vegan food and hat wearing!