Meet the Trustees

Chair

Chair

Andrew Adam

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.

Deputy-Chair

Deputy-Chair

Helen Elkin

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Helen Elkin was appointed as a Trustee at the A.G.M. in November 2019.

Helen has two children in the Orchestra and is a keen musician herself, playing Clarinet and Cello. She is a very hands on person and is involving herself in many of the 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 Staff, and provides a helping hand with the Intermediate Groups.

Secretary

Secretary

Helen Chappel

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.

Treasurer

Treasurer

Sylvia Bailey

Sylvia has spent most of her working life with Royal Doulton, rising to the position of Factory Accountant. During her time at Doulton's she was the treasurer of the "Doulton Benevolent Fund" as well as a member nominated trustee of the Pension Fund. She took early retirement/voluntary redundancy in 2002..
She took a part time position working for Holdcroft Renault in Hanley before Doulton's asked her to return to work in their Pensions Dept. on a part- time basis. She finally retired in 2009.

Sylvia was invited to become a Trustee in 2004 and quickly became a valuable member of the team. As Treasurer she keeps us on the straight and narrow.

She is married and lives in the Potteries, but spends a lot of
time in Congleton, which is almost her second home.

Sylvia has a lively sense of humour.

Trustee

Trustee

Claire Puttick

Claire was co-opted as a Trustee in November 2018 and is a Senior Tutor for the Music for Schools Foundation which involves supporting, training and assessing other teachers. She is also a brass and woodwind teacher in various Primary Schools in Cheshire.

Over the years she has played in numerous brass bands and orchestras, and was invited to play in the Nova Scotia International Tattoo in 1998 for a Canadian Band, the only non-military band in the Tattoo.

She is married with two teenage boys, the youngest of which previously played for the Congleton Youth Orchestra.

Trustee

Trustee

Louis Crossley

Louis Crossley was co-opted as a Trustee in January 2012 and was formally elected at the A.G.M. in October 2012. He was appointed Chairman in January 2015 but stepped down as Chairman in December 2017.

Louis writes:-
I have lived in Congleton nearly all my life and have worked for a High Street Bank for 27 years, the last 15 years in Congleton. I have two children Alice and Harriet who both played the clarinet in the the Orchestra.

Trustee

Trustee

Natasha Medina

Natasha was co-opted as a Trustee in November 2018. She recently relinquished her role as Designated Safety Officer.

Natasha is a Psychotherapist, working with children, young people and adults.

Her daughter was with the Orchestra for a time, playing the Bassoon, but has since moved on to further her studies.

Trustee

Trustee

Steve Frost

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.