Mike Abrahams, Non Exec-Finance Director
A Chartered Accountant, Mike has built up considerable commercial experience with SMEs, including experience of 2 flotations, a turn-around and an MBI. These businesses include inter alia Gabicci PLC, where he was instrumental as Finance Director in turning the business around and, after the introduction of Venture Capital Finance, its subsequent successful flotation on the USM.He instituted and arranged with a major VC a potential management buy-in.
At Frank Usher PLC, he had a wide remit covering all aspects of the company’s operations and moved the business to its next stage from the USM to the Main Market on the Stock Exchange, as well as increasing profitability and totally reducing debt. He was also CFO from its inception of the new B2B concept for Traded Endowment Policies, the TEP Exchange PLC which floated on AIM.
Architect Jason Flanagan has an extensive track record of working on public buildings for the performing arts. He led the team on the competition-winning scheme for the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, comprising a concert hall, theatre and gallery, which completed this summer. He is a Director of the architectural practice BFLS.
Jason studied architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture at London University and at the Royal College of Art. He joined Foster + Partners in 1991 to work on London's third Airport at Stansted, the Euro Terminus at King's Cross Station and Cambridge University Law Library.
Robin Rowland Hill
Robin Rowland Hill is an experienced professional businessman with a strong track record in innovative media and technology businesses, including commercial strategy, investment and market development. He has a broad experience in equity investment scenarios, operating boards and in implementing strategy in a competitive environment. He works with the country’s largest FSA regulated private investor group, Beer & Partners Ltd. He studied at Cranfield in the late 1980’s and completed a full MBA in 2001 at The University of Bath. Robin is currently running a small strategic advisory business working on large scale clean tech, new technology and media projects, particularly in mainland Europe. He founded and built the UK’s largest private e-learning provider under contract with UFI and LearnDirect to a successful exit.
Mark Stephenson was a chorister at St John’s College, Cambridge, studied at The Royal Academy of Music and played the cello in The Philharmonia Orchestra for ten years. He formed the orchestra, London Musici, in 1988 and won a recording contract with Conifer Records (now Sony/BMG). Sponsorship followed from GlaxoWellcome, Technics Hi-Fi, and Seagram.
Awards from Arts & Business include a Creative Britons Award in 2000 for his Live Music in Atria series across over fifty acoustically challenging London Offices and Buildings, the genesis of the idea for Soundforms. He conducted the Prokofiev score with The Philharmonia Orchestra for the 2008 Oscar Winning animated film of Peter & The Wolf. www.markstephenson.net
Olly Watts is an Event Industry professional with specialist knowledge of concert staging, demountable and relocatable structures. He has extensive experience of design, procurement, logistics, construction and the commercial aspects of delivering projects. Over the past 20 years Olly has worked on numerous projects. Highlights include staging for the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Michael Jackson and Jean Michel Jarre. Sporting projects include Melbourne 2006 opening ceremonies, Abu Dhabi Gulf Cup, David Beckham Football Academy, Delhi 2010, the Showcase Stadium for Qatar’s 2022 world cup bid and both the Water Polo and Royal Artillery Barracks shootingvenues being provided for London 2012. Cultural projects include Hong Kong handover, Skyscape and Chanel Mobile Art. Olly is currently the Director of Projects for ES Global. In this role, Olly is responsible for building and managing the teams that deliver projects on behalf of their high-profile clients. As a Director of Sound Forms, Olly brings his knowledge and experience to support the company by maintaining an overview on delivery.
Ian Knowles is an international acoustic consultant. He specialises in Performing Arts work, broadcast and recording facilities including Sir George Martin’s AIR studios, The Sage Gateshead, studio HQs for Sky and the BBC.
Ian is an Associate Director at Ove Arup & Partners and has worked on many international quality concert halls, from large symphonic halls to small intimate recital venues .
Ian was Acoustic Consultant for The Sage, Gateshead, UK and recently at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff’s new 450-seat concert hall and 150-seat courtyard theatre.