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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors
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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors

Monday 18 February 2019

Vanessa Bakewell and Angela Bellingham have been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society.

They will contribute to a powerful team of directors led by Chairman, Prof Nigel Weatherill DL that will continue to drive Liverpool Philharmonic’s ambitious programme of activity that is unique in the UK, combining the  three major elements of the award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, a premier concert venue presenting a wide-ranging international music and events programme in the Grade II*listed 1750-seater Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, and smaller scale Music Room, and a learning programme that is recognised internationally as a leader in its field.

Vanessa Bakewell graduated in 2001 from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) with a First-Class Degree in Performing Arts (Enterprise Management), heading to London from Liverpool straight after, to work for M&C Saatchi.  She then moved to EMAP (now Bauer Media) where she worked across Music and Lifestyle press including QMojo,  Kerrang!Smash HitsThe Face and Empire Magazine, and  led commercial partnerships with major and indie record labels, film studios and music retailers such as HMV and Virgin.  Vanessa also partnered with Glastonbury to lead the sponsorship and production of the Q Glastonbury Guide each year.

In 2007, Vanessa moved to Google just post-listing of the company on the Stock Exchange, where she started to build out their specialist Entertainment Team, leading global partnerships with film studios, gaming and music.  She then continued on to YouTube in 2008 when Google acquired the platform. In 2011, Vanessa joined Facebook Inc.  prior to its listing on the Stock Exchange to lead retail sector partnerships, and in 2012, set up the first Entertainment Vertical team where she continues to drive evolution and change as a Global Client Partner in how film and music industries globally market their releases and events via the explosion of video consumption on mobile devices, and across Facebook and Instagram.

Angela Bellingham graduated from University with an English Literature Degree. On completion of her degree, Angela undertook further studies at University gaining post graduate law qualifications.  Since qualifying as a Solicitor, she has worked in Liverpool, initially in private practice as both a lower and higher courts advocate, before moving to the public sector.  She has a wide practice area in the field of civil law.  During her career, Angela has worked for high profile organisations, and brings many transferable skills to the Board.

 Commenting on the new Board appointmentsChairman Professor Nigel Weatherill DL said

‘Angela and Vanessa’s appointments are tremendous news for Liverpool Philharmonic and for the City too. As an organization, we are committed to bringing the best in their fields to Liverpool and championing the opportunities that diversity offers across every area of our business and activities, including increasing BAME, female and disabled representation.

‘I’m proud to lead a board of expert and enterprising individuals who provide the dynamic leadership to support our continuing artistic success, audience growth and long-term sustainability  and ensure we play a central part in the life of our great city as a  great place to live, study, work and invest in.’

On joining the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s Board of DirectorsVanessa Bakewell said:

I am delighted to be joining the Board of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.  I was born and bred in Liverpool and completed my studies at LIPA, so I am very aware of the part Liverpool Philharmonic plays in the life of our city through the history and excellence of the Orchestra whose concerts are part of a fantastic year round programme,  bringing the best international artists to Liverpool;  and its pioneering learning and engagement programmes.

‘Liverpool Philharmonic has national and international reach through online engagement and through the Orchestra’s tours, broadcasts and recordings.  I  hope to bring the knowledge and skills I have developed in my career, along with  my  huge passion for music, education and community to do whatever I can to support Liverpool Philharmonic.’

Angela Bellingham said:

‘Liverpool Philharmonic is an iconic, and in the UK, unique organisation in terms of the breadth of its activity, with an outstanding history of not only providing world-class music, but for also caring about the future of music and providing opportunities to enjoy and take part in music-making, regardless of background or age, knowing the positive impact it has on children and young people, their families and our wider communities.

‘As a female of dual (Russian and Nigerian) heritage with two young daughters who both play violin and piano, I’ve also noted Liverpool Philharmonic’s commitment to improving BAME and female representation at all levels.  I am proud to be joining the Board and playing my part in contributing to supporting a very talented team of colleagues across the organisation.’ 

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Board of Directors

Professor Nigel Weatherill DL Chairman

Vanessa Bakewell Global Client Partner, Facebook

Angela Bellingham Solicitor

Michael Eakin Chief Executive  

Mel Grodner Founder, Atmore Properties

Alexander Holladay Cellist, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Susanna Jordan First Violins, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

David Nicholls Financial ControllerChas Cole Music Productions

Vanessa Reed Chief Executive PRS for Music Foundation No.3 on BBC Woman's Hour Music Power List 2018

Cllr Wendy Simon Deputy Mayor of Liverpool & Cabinet Member - Culture, Tourism & Events, Liverpool City Council


Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley


Dr Tony Harvey FRSA (Company Secretary) Solicitor and legal academic specialising in Corporate Governance and Professional Responsibility and Ethics



New Board Members –Additional Biographical Information

Vanessa Bakewell is the Chair of the Future Leaders Forum for the British Screen Advisory Council (BSAC) and the Generation Meditation Board for the David Lynch Foundation in the UK. She is also the founder of The Wed Network (Women in Entertainment and Digital), a supportive network of 1500 women in arts and entertainment sectors.

Both Angela Bellingham’s daughters have been members of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Ensembles which provided them with opportunities to participate in exciting projects. These included performing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and children from In Harmony Liverpool at the Royal Albert Hall in the Big Proms Bear Hunt programme in 2013. Her eldest daughter is embarking upon her second year as a member of Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and plays in the violin section, whilst her youngest daughter hopes to audition for an identical position in the future.

Further information from: Jayne Garrity, Head of Communications, Liverpool Philharmonic:

tel: 0151 210 3791/07967 364241 email: jayne.garrity@liverpoolphil.com

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