Trustees, Funders and Partners


The Trustees are appointed on a three year, renewable basis in accordance with the Articles of Association.  The members of the current Trust Board are listed below.  They can be contacted via the NMPAT Office: 125 Kettering Road, Northampton, NN1 4AZ.

  • Dr Jamie Clark
  • Cllr Alison Eastwood
  • Mrs Georgie Fordham
  • Mr Clive Gresham
  • Mr Roger Griffiths
  • Mr Dudley Hughes
  • Cllr Joan Kirkbride (Chair)
  • Mr Iain Massey
  • Mrs Renuka Popat
  • Mr Trevor Shipman
  • Mrs Morcea Walker (Vice Chair)

The company is governed by the Articles of Association and its charitable objects:

  • To advance education within the framework of the arts for the benefit of the public of Northamptonshire and elsewhere.
  • To advance the arts and culture for the benefit of the the public, particularly but not exclusively, by promoting and facilitating access to and performances of music and other art forms.
  • To provide for the recreation of children, young people and adults for the benefit of the public by providing facilities and services to them in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving their conditions of life.
  • Articles of Association (PDF 449KB)

The latest set of audited accounts, including Trustees Annual Report, was prepared by accountants MacIntyre Hudson to cover the accounting period September 2019 to August 2020.

In 2018, NMPAT fell within scope for reporting of Gender Pay Gap. At that time, the figures for  Gender pay gap reporting, prepared in accordance with the regulations were as follows:

  • Women’s hourly rate is 2.5% higher (mean) and 6.1% higher (median).
  • Top salary quartile has 39.1% men and 60.9% women
  • Upper middle salary quartile has 33.8% men and 66.2% women
  • Lower middle salary quartile has 47.7% men and 52.3% women
  • Lower salary quartile has 37.5% men and 62.5% wome

Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust is a Company Limited by Guarantee (Company No.7738151) and a registered charity (Charity No. 1145643)

Funders… thank you!

NMPAT would like to thank all of the individuals and organisations currently supporting the work of the Trust.  this support continues to enable music and artistic education and ensemble opportunities for children and young people within the county.

  • Arts Council England
  • Benevity
  • Brass Wind Publications
  • British and Foreign School Society
  • The Chartered Accountants’ Livery Company
  • Children in Need
  • Constance Travis Charitable Trust
  • Co-Op Local Community Fund
  • Northamptonshire Community Foundation
  • David Laing Foundation
  • D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
  • Frederick and Phyllis Cann Trust
  • The Friends of Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust
  • The Gordon Robinson Memorial Trust
  • Local Giving
  • Kettering and District Recorded Music Society
  • The Kirby Laing Foundation
  • Much Loved Charitable Trust
  • Orchestras Live
  • Rotary Clubs of Northampton, Northampton West & Wellingborough
  • The Sir Andrew Martin Trust for Young People
  • Sir Thomas White’s Northampton Charity
  • Waitrose Community Matters
  • Youth Music


NMPAT is proud to work in partnership with a wide range of organisations who make up the Northamptonshire Music Education Hub. 

See a full list of our Hub partners.

Music Education Hubs East Midlands

NMPAT and Rutland Music are members of the consortium of East Midlands Music Education Hubs which meet regularly as the East Midlands Music Mark Heads of Service and co-operate on collaborative projects where this is mutually beneficial. In particular there is a consortium wide approach to the delivery of the CME (Certificate of Music Educators).

The member organisations are:

  • Derbyshire MEH – lead partner Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership
  • Leicestershire MEH – lead partner Leicestershire Schools Music Service
  • Lincolnshire Music and Arts Education Hub – lead partner Lincolnshire Music Service
  • Northamptonshire MEH – lead partner Northants Music and Performing Arts Trust
  • Nottingham Music Hub – lead partner Nottingham Music Service
  • Nottinghamshire MEH – lead partner Nottinghamshire County Council
  • Rutland Music – lead partner Northants Music and Performing Arts Trust

Learn more by visiting the MEHEM website.

Music Mark (The UK Association for Music Education)

NMPAT is a member of Music Mark (The UK Association for Music Education). Music Mark was formed in 2013 out of the merger of the former Federation of Music Services (FMS) and the National Association of Music Educators (NAME).

Music Mark advocacy statement

Music Mark believes in the fundamental right of a first-class music education for all children and young people, in and out of their schools. We call upon key decision makers in central and local government and all who hold a stake in the strategic planning and operational delivery of music education to support us in continuing to raise the status and value of music in a broad and balanced education through:

  • Continuing and enhanced ring-fenced government funding for music education to ensure that the National Plan for Music Education can be fully implemented and achieved by 2020.
  • Continuing and enhanced support from local authorities and other bodies to exercise their civic responsibilities and own local decision making to complement the national framework for music education.
  • An unswerving commitment to supporting the professional development of the workforce, especially in the quality of teaching and learning, as well as the quality of access and provision in music education, in schools, music services and music education hubs
  • The strongest possible focus on the impacts and outcomes for children and young people, musically, personally, socially and educationally; dedication to best progress and highest achievement for all.
  • Clear and unequivocal support for articulating and enabling the rich and positive impacts that a first class music education has on schools and their communities.

Further information can be found at the Music Mark website.

"All children should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument"

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