The current Sound and Music board members are:

Greg Davies (Chair)

Dr Greg B Davies, Founder, Centapse – Decision Science, Applied.

Greg is a specialist in applied decision science, behavioural finance, and financial wellbeing – improving decisions through behavioural science. Greg started the banking world’s first behavioural finance team as Head of Behavioural-Quant Finance at Barclays, which he built and led for a decade.

In 2016, he founded Centapse, in 2017 joining forces with Oxford Risk where he is Head of Behavioural Science, to combine behavioural consulting with the development of decision support tools to help people (and organisations) across the financial services industry make better decisions. Greg holds a PhD in Behavioural Decision Theory from Cambridge; is an Associate Fellow at Oxford’s Saïd Business School; a lecturer at Imperial College London; and author of Behavioral Investment Management.

Greg is also the creator of Open Outcry, a ‘reality opera’ premiered in London in 2012, creating live performance from a functioning trading floor.


Jo Thomas (Vice-Chair)

Jo Thomas is a London based electronic music composer. Her electronic music captures a combination of raw and sensitive sonic matter. Her work stems from her own voice, electronically generated signals and often new and innovate electronic instruments, her latest addition is a twelve string chapmen stick.

Jo runs her own label called Soft Apple she often collaborates with other artists,and runs music events and sound walks around London.

Her work has been commissioned by the UK,Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal, France, having performances in the USA, Canada and Australia.She has been working with electronic sound since being a teenager, coming from a classical background which has been fused with pop and experimental jazz.She has a PhD in electroacoustic composition from City University (2005) In 2012 Jo Thomas won the Golden Nica in Prix Ars Electronica Digital Music’s and Sound Art Category for her work Crystal Sounds of a Synchrotron.She has been nominated for a quartz award in the new discoveries section.As an artist has performed alongside a number of artists including Will Dutta Lara Jones, Charles Hayward, Maria Chavez, Lee Gamble, Phil Niblock and Squarepusher. Her work has been performed in venues local and worldwide including Cafe Oto, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Trafalgar Square, London, Tate Modern, Salon De Messian and Radio France Paris, Prix Ars Electronica, Kings Place London, New Federation Square Melbourne, MIT Boston and Stanford University. She has been commissioned in studios internationally such as INA GRM Paris, the Djerrasi studios, San Francisco and EMS Stockholm. Her work has been performed in Festivals such as the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Prix Ars Electronica, Elita Festival Milan, Norbert Festival, Radio France,Tempo Reale Italy, Tempora Festival Bulgaria.

Jo identifies as being disabled and is an advocate of diversity and inclusion in music and the Arts.

Ed Corn

Ed has over a decade of experience in the media and communications industries, currently serving as Head of EMEA Partnerships for Android TV at Google. Prior to this, he worked as an Associate Director at MTM London, a specialist strategy and research consultancy, and held other roles at YouView TV and Ingenious Media. Ed is a skilled communicator with extensive experience of working with C-level execs in the media. He understands the key strategic issues in the TMT sector from both an advisory and in-house perspective, and brings expertise in business development, commercial and regulatory strategy, project management, financial modelling, quantitative research and market analysis. He graduated from Cambridge University with a Double First in Music and retains a personal and professional passion for the arts, often found moonlighting as 3rd horn in the Kensington Symphony Orchestra.

Belinda Dee

Belinda Dee is the current Director of Fundraising at Help Musicians UK. Prior to this, she served as Director of Development at Barts Charity, leading the major gifts team in the generation of income from philanthropists, City organisations and charitable trusts and foundations. She developed strategic partnerships across Barts Health, the largest NHS Trust in the country, identifying opportunities for innovation in healthcare for the benefit of a patient population of 6 million across North East London – Europe’s most diverse demographic, spanning the wealthy financial districts and some of the countries most deprived boroughs – and 15,000 hospital staff. Belinda has personally championed projects which harness the therapeutic benefit of art and music in the hospital environment, particularly in the paediatric and elderly wards; from carol singing for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, to lullaby sessions performed live on the neonatal intensive care wards.

Belinda's previous experience includes business development, marketing and strategic brand planning, working in the marketing communications sector for agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi and CHI & Partners. She has a degree in Physiological Sciences from Oxford University. Since birth, Belinda has been surrounded by music; one of four siblings who between them play the viola, violin, cello, clarinet, piano, guitar and saxophone, not to mention Christmas carol sessions in four part harmony! Belinda has played in various orchestras and ensembles over the past 30 years, including the National Children’s Orchestra and, more recently, the Water City Orchestra in East London. She is delighted to be a member of the Sound and Music board, enabling her to flex her entrepreneurial and creative muscles whilst adding her strategic insights to evolve the development function.

Dennis Lee

Dennis is a partner and head of the Intellectual Property Team at Bircham Dyson Bell LLP.  He is also a co-head of the Commercial Team.

Since 2015 he has played a major role in forming the firm’s intellectual property and commercial offering, being the firm’s first IP dedicated partner.  He has a full range of experience and expertise in areas including trade marks, brand protection, copyright, licensing, business contracts, digital and technology, R&D, design protection, internet and IT-related disputes, passing-off and trade secrets and know-how.  Dennis handles all types of contentious and non-contentious work across sectors that include retail, media and entertainment, creatives, advertising, IT, leisure, charities and cultural heritage, fashion, education and catering. Valued for his industry insight and practical commercial approach, Dennis is particularly skilled at working closely with businesses to formulate strategies and business models, especially in relation to brand protection, commercial disputes, group IP ownership, and is regularly involved in major corporate M&A transactions that involve IP ownership issues.

Dennis has been rated by Chambers and Partners as a leader in the field of intellectual property law for four consecutive years.  He is also fluent in written and spoken Mandarin and Cantonese, and can advise and negotiate on behalf of clients in Chinese.  Dennis regularly speaks at industry events on copyright, trade marks and other specialist IP topics, both locally and abroad.

Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut

Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut, Head of Business Development at ROLI, is responsible for global partnerships within the music trade, industry, and academia. Jean-Baptiste studied computer science and music composition, and graduated from Queen Mary University with a PhD, writing his thesis on composers' engagement with technology. He has worked at INA-GRM and Centre Pompidou as a software developer, and was Innovation Manager at Focusrite/Novation before joining ROLI. He co-founded the London Music Hackspace in 2011, a hub for artists and engineers passionate about music technology. In 2014, he was appointed a board member of Sound and Music, the leading British organisation for the creation of new music.

Shirley J. Thompson 

Shirley J. Thompson is a multi-award winning English composer of Jamaican descent, artistic director, educator and cultural activist. Her work as a composer encompasses symphonies, ballets, operas, concertos, and other works for ensembles, as well as music for TV, film, and theatre. With her New Nation Rising, A 21st Century Symphony, composed in 2002 for HRH Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee, Shirley became the first woman in Europe to have composed and conducted a symphony within the past 40 years. 

Shirley’s music is performed and screened worldwide and often described as “beautiful and powerful” (Le Figaro). In 1994, Shirley launched and directed The Shirley Thompson Ensemble at London’s South Bank Centre, her own ensemble of instrumental soloists, singers, dancers and visual artists. It was with this group that she created ground-breaking compositions which seamlessly integrate contemporary classical music orchestration with improvisation, as well as fusing contemporary popular music and world music styles. An aficionado of dance, her co-scored ballet, PUSH, toured for 15 years to over 40 of the world’s opera houses, including La Scala Milan, the Mariinsky Theatre and the Sydney Opera House. Her music has also been commissioned for several royal engagements.

As an academic, Shirley J. Thompson PhD, DLitt, is Reader and Head of Composition and Performance at the University of Westminster. She has served for over 20 years on several national arts institutions, including the London Arts Board, the Arts Council of Great Britain and the Newham Council Cultural Forum. She was the first female executive of the Association of Professional Composers and now serves as an elected member of the Classical Music Executive for the British Academy of Song Writers, Composers and Authors. She has been named in the Evening Standard’s ‘Power List of Britain’s Top 100 Most Influential African and African Caribbean People from 2010 to 2019 and frequently in the Top 10.

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