Steve Frost
Steve Frost was elected as a Trustee at the A.G.M. on 31st October 2009.
Steve is well known in Congleton, having been on the Congleton Carnival Committee for several years, and was responsible for the infamous "Carni Bear".

Steve brings a down to earth attitude, along with a sense of humour, to the Trustees, and we hope he enjoys his time with the Orchestra.
Steve Frost
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Congleton Youth Orchestra



President - & Acting Chairman
Ernest Harrison

Ernest has been involved with the Orchestra since its inception in 1994. He was born in Congleton and was a Director of International Trimmings but retired some years ago. He was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of Congleton and still maintains strong links with them.






























































Claire Puttick

Claire was co-opted as a Trustee in November 2018 and is a Senior Tutor for the Music for Schools Foundation which involves supporting, training and assessing other teachers. She is also a brass and woodwind teacher in various Primary Schools in Cheshire.

Over the years she has played in numerous brass bands and orchestras, and was invited to play in the Nova Scotia International Tattoo in 1998 for a Canadian Band, the only non-military band in the Tattoo.

She is married with two teenage boys, the youngest of which plays for the Congleton Youth Orchestra.
Claire Puttick




Lucy Moss

We are delighted to welcome Lucy Moss as a Trusteee. She was co-opted at a recent trustees meeting. Lucy has been a woodwind tutor with us for several years and until recently had two children as members of the orchestra.She has recently retired as a teacher at a School in Newcastle under Lyme.

Lucy Moss


Natasha Medina

Natasha was co-opted as a Trustee in November 2018. However, she will continue with her role as Designated Safety Officer which involves organising our Official Chaperones which are now required by Cheshire East under the new Child Protection / Safeguarding Rules.

Natasha is a Psychotherapist, working with children, young people and adults.

Her daughter was with the orchestra for a time, playing the Bassoon, but has since moved on to further her studies.

Natasha Medina




























































































Louis Crossley

Louis Crossley was co-opted as a Trustee in January 2012 and was formally elected at the A.G.M. in October 2012. He was appointed Chairman in January 2015 but stepped down as Chairman in December 2017.
Louis writes:-
I have lived in Congleton nearly all my life and have worked for a High Street Bank for 27 years, the last 15 years in Congleton. I have two children Alice and Harriet who both played the clarinet in the the orchestra.

Louis Crossley

First Aiders / Parent Representatives

We now have two registered First Aiders, namely Mrs. Jenny Goldstraw and Mrs. Tracy Rigby. Both have children in the Orchestra. Jenny also helps out within the senior orchestra as our Oboe player.
Her daughter has recently joined the tutorial staff as Assistant Woodwind Tutor.

Tracy Rigby
Tracy Rigby
& Jenny Goldstraw

Secondary Schools Music Representative

Claire Venables was elected Secondary Schools Head of Music Representative at the A.G.M. in November 2013 Claire is Head of Music at Eaton Bank Academy. She plays the piano, clarinet and saxophone and is also involved in musical theatre productions in Macclesfield. Claire has been teaching for seven years and graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2005 before moving to MMU to complete her PGCE.

Claire Venables

Parent Representative - Lindsey Freeman

Lindsey was elected to the Advisory Panel at the AGM on 14th October 2017. Her son plays the Clarinet and Saxophone in the Senior Orchestra.

Lindsey states: "I hve really enjoyed becoming involved with the Congleton Youth Orchestra, firstly as a Chaperone and more recently being elected to the Advisory Panel as a Parental Representative. I look forward to supporting the Trustees, Musical Director and his dedicated staff in whatever way I can".

Lindsey Freeman

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TREASURER - Sylvia Bailey

Sylvia has spent most of her working life with Royal Doulton, rising to the position of Factory Accountant. During her time at Doulton's she was the treasurer of the "Doulton Benevolent Fund" as well as a member nominated trustee of the Pension Fund. She took early retirement/voluntary redundancy in 2002..
She took a part time position working for Holdcroft Renault in Hanley before Doulton's asked her to return to work in their Pensions Dept. on a part- time basis. She finally retired in 2009
Sylvia was invited to become a Trustee in 2004 and quickly became a valuable member of the team. As Treasurer she keeps us on the straight and narrow
She is married and lives in the Potteries, but spends a lot of
time in Congleton, which is almost her second home.
Sylvia has a lively sense of humour.

Sylvia Bailey




SECRETARY - Helen Chappel

Helen was born near Stone, Staffs and moved to Congleton with her husband and daughter in 1983.

Before her marriage she was Secretary to the Hospital Administrator of the City General Hospital. Following her marriage she worked as Personal Secretary to the Professor of Veterinary Anatomy at Liverpool University
Helen was the Co-Founder of the Orchestra with Mark Wasserberg, then Head of Dane Valley High School in 1994. She has been involved ever since. Her daughter Anna was a founder member of the Orchestra .
Helen was awarded the Rotary Cub of Congleton "Vocational Service Award" in December 1998 and was also presented with a Silver Salver at the 10th Anniversary Concert in Congleton Town Hall in recognition of her outstanding service to the Orchestra

Helen Chappel





Douglas Parker

Douglas Parker was born in Stoke-on-Trent and has lived in Buglawton for 39 years He is married to Hilary and has two daughters, Katrina and Victoria and three grandchildren.
He was a Councillor on Congleton Town Council and Congleton Borough Council and has also been Congleton Town Mayor and Borough Mayor. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Congleton.
He was the proprietor of a building/shopfitting firm, but has now retired.
He has been involved in the scouting movement for 55 years.  He is a member of many local organizations and is a fundraiser for many of them, including the Orchestra. 
He is also the Congleton Town Crier.












Andrew Adam

Andrew Adam became involved with the Orchestra from its inception in 1994. His daughter Victoria was one of the founder members and played at the Inaugural Concert in March 2005.

Andrew was our Treasurer for eight years and is our representative with Making Music.
He is Chairman of Congleton Art Society.




















Advisory Panel Members

















Alistair Granville - Vice Chairman

Alistair was co-opted onto the Advisory Committee in May 2012. He has a daughter who began in the Intermediate Strings Group, but has now progressed into the senior orchestra. He was appointed a Trustee in 2013 and became Vice Chairman in January 2015.
Alistair teaches Physics at Brine Leas High School.