International expertise in the arts, philanthropy, producing and finance. 


Executive Team


John Berry CBE (Artistic Director) 

John is a globally-renowned artistic leader. As Artistic Director of English National Opera (ENO) from 2007-2015, his work with international opera houses and leading directors and composers won multiple Olivier, Royal Philharmonic Society and South Bank Show Awards and was seen in dozens of countries. John pioneered international co-production models in opera and is currently Creative Advisor to the Bolshoi Theatre. 

Michelle Wright (CEO)

Michelle trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and played the violin professionally. A chartered marketer, manager and fundraiser, Michelle founded Cause4 in 2009 and has since raised over £47m in charitable and philanthropic funding. 

Loretta Tomasi OBE (Executive Producer) 

Loretta is a leading arts consultant and Financial Director, and was Chief Executive of ENO from November 2005 to December 2013, having previously been Executive Director of ENO from May 2003 and led the company alongside Opera VenturesArtistic Director John Berry. 


Board Members


Sally Groves MBE (Chair) 

Sally is a dedicated and persuasive advocate for new music, and has worked closely with orchestras across the UK and a range of British composers, such as Sir Michael Tippett and Mark-Anthony Turnage in her role as a part of Schott Music from 1974 to 2014. 

Nicholas Prettejohn

Nicholas has held senior positions at some of the UK’s leading financial organisations, and has a keen interest in the performing arts. Nick was a former Trustee at the Royal Opera House and is currently Chairman of the Royal Northern College of Music. Nicholas has recently been announced as the next Chairman of Trinity Mirror. 


Artistic Advisors


Sarah Billinghurst

Sarah previously spent 20 years as Assistant General Manager for artistic affairs at the Metropolitan Opera. Prior to that role, Sarah spent over 20 years in opera administration, including roles at the San Francisco Opera and Kirov Opera. Sarah is a Trustee of Opera Ventures.

Sir Jonathan Mills

Sir Jonathan is a composer and director of major international arts festivals, including the Edinburgh International Festival, which he led between 2006 and 2014. Qualifying as a Master of Architecture, specialising in acoustic design, Sir Jonathan has written opera and ballet that have been performed at venues including the Sydney Opera House and the Barbican, London.