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Dr Steven Berryman

President of the Chartered College of Teaching

Dr Steven Berryman is an arts and cultural educator who contributes widely to music education. He is the current President of the Chartered College of Teaching (2022 – 2024) and holds a variety of non-executive director roles, including school governance. Steven is one of the first Chartered Teachers and a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Steven was formerly Director of Music at the City of London School for Girls (2015-2020); for the 2019-2020 academic year was seconded to the Education Strategy Unit at the City of London Corporation, leading cultural and creative learning projects across the family of schools in the City. Previously, Steven taught at the Junior Departments of the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity Laban and taught music at the North London Collegiate School. His recent roles include leading music across families of schools in multi-academy trusts and teaching at King’s College London, the Royal College of Music and the University of Buckingham.

Steven has contributed widely to educational press, expert roundtables, examining and as an arts education practitioner, including work as a composer; recent work includes projects with the Royal Opera House, London Philharmonic Orchestra, NMC Recordings and Ofqual. 2021 – 2022

Steven was a member of the DFE/DCMS expert panel to refresh the National Plan for Music Education – the refreshed plan was published on 25 June 2022. Since February 2024, Steven has been part of the team working on the secondary music curriculum at Oak National Academy.

Steven was granted Freedom of the City of London in 2017 and is a Liveryman of both the Worshipful Company of Educators and Musicians

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Anna Rimington 

Director of Learning KS5 & OAE Liaison

Anna Rimington is a part of the senior leadership team at Acland Burghley School, a mixed comprehensive in Camden.


Her responsibilities include leading the school’s sixth form which is part of LaSWAP, the oldest and largest sixth form consortium in London. Anna also oversees creative arts provision which includes liaison with the school’s resident orchestra, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE).


The OAE moved into Acland Burghley School in September 2020 becoming the first orchestra to take up permanent residency in a UK school. Anna looks forward to speaking about What Happens When an Orchestra Moves into a Secondary School…

Rachel Landon

Chief Executive Officer at Music in Secondary Schools Trust

Rachel, having worked for a number of years at Highbury Grove School and more recently The City of London Academy Highbury Grove, has considerable senior leadership experience. She has a BA and PGCE from Loughborough University and an MSC from Bayes Business School in voluntary sector management. As the current CEO of The Music in Secondary Schools Trust, she has expanded the charity nationally, more than quadrupling its reach and its charitable donations. Rachel is also Vice Chair and Lead for Safeguarding at an Inner London Primary School. Rachel has a National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and National Professional Qualification in Executive Leadership ( NPQEL). As a passionate advocate for the arts in schools Rachel is looking forward to speaking at Future Forward and sharing her experiences across multiple schools.


Adam Whittaker

Head of Pedagogy, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Dr Adam Whittaker is Head of Pedagogy at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and is an internationally recognised scholar in musicology and music education. He has researched widely in the fields of music education and musicology, and has taught music in a range of settings. His work on the music qualifications landscape and music education hubs has been referenced in Parliament and he has appeared on a variety of BBC radio programmes exploring music education.

Sophie Lewis

Chief executive - National Children's orchestra

Sophie joined NCO in 2018 as Chief Executive to oversee a period of substantial organisational change and development. NCO is a national orchestral learning programme for 650 children each year aged 8 to 14 years old from across the UK. Sophie is responsible for the strategic development and overall management of the charity. Sophie is also Chair of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO).

Before this, Sophie spent ten years as Chief Executive of Sinfonia Cymru in Wales, a chamber orchestra dedicated to supporting young professional musicians. During her tenure, the orchestra became a revenue funded organisation by the Arts Council of Wales. For this achievement, Sophie was awarded the inaugural Orchestra Manager of the Year Award by the Association of British Orchestras in 2012. Sophie has held previous roles at Welsh National Opera, Arts Council England and English National Opera and acted as a mentor for the British

Council/ABO Orchestral Leadership Programme and represented the UK on the jury for Classical Next.

In 2017 the National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain asserted a new vision, new learning framework and embarked on wholesale organisational change. Advance 7 years, NCO is now an Arts Council of England funded National Portfolio Organisation and a leader in the field of orchestral innovation in music education. Sophie Lewis and Catherine Arlidge will share their leadership and organisational journey, with a few candid epic fails, as a model for increasing impact, relevance, diversity and resilience.

We are particularly looking forward to speaking at Future Forward 2024 because we have been so inspired by previous conferences and really value the opportunity to consider how music and what we do contributes towards the skills and attributes our future workforce will increasingly need.

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Catherine Arlidge (MBE)

National Children's orchestra

Catherine is the Artistic and Educational Director of NCO, as well as Sub Principal Second Violin in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. As a violinist she has performed, recorded and toured internationally, working closely with conductors including Simon Rattle, Mark Elder, Andris Nelsons and Sakari Oramo. With a passion for education, she has also always worked in schools and settings beyond the concert platform.

At NCO her role encompasses establishing the learning framework, programming, commissioning, building tutor teams and supporting the aspiration and development of exceptional young musicians.

She has presented at conferences internationally, on a broad range of topics from The Musicians of the Future, to Collaborative Leadership to Musicians as Place makers. She currently sits on the governing body of the Shireland CBSO Academy, and previously spend 6 years on the board of the Assocation of British Orchestras.

In 2016 she was awarded an MBE for services to music education.

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