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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Kevin Thompson

We are delighted to welcome Kevin & Wendy Thompson as Trustees .They were appointed in June 2017 .
Kevin grew up in Congleton and lives with his wife Wendy and Daughter Gracie-Mae in Biddulph.
He has been a musician since the age of 9 and was a keyboard player in a popular dance band for over 20 years. He turned his love of music into a career and has worked for Yamaha Music Europe GmbH(UK) since 2002.
His daughter joined the Youth Orchestra in September 2016 and is having a great time learning the violin with Jayne.
Kevin is a member of the Rotary Club of Congleton and is part of the Youth Services Team that organises many local competitions, including the Rotary Young Musician & Vocalist of the Year.








Wendy Thompson

I am Wendy Thompson, married to Kevin Thompson who is also a Trustee. I have a daughter Gracie-Mae who is now a member of the Youth Orchestra.
I spent the first 20 years of my working life in the public sector, supporting local councillors to carry out their duties, working in Staffordshire and Cheshire Authorities.
Being inspired by young people I was meeting, I then decided I would like to re-train and study to work with young people.
I have worked at Biddulph High School since 2013 as Intervention Co-ordinator and my aim is to be able to help and support the students to achieve their best.
I am looking forward to meeting and working alongside members of the Youth Orchestra and feel privileged to have been asked to join.























Natasha Medina - Child Protection Officer

Natasha joined the committee as a parent representative and is now our Child Protection Officer.

She is also responsible for organising our Official Chaperones which are now required by Cheshire East under the new Child Protection / Safeguarding Rules.

She has one daughter in the orchestra.


Natasha Medina





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

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 play the clarinet and are members of 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.

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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.She was originally recommended to the Congleton Youth Orchestra after attending an Open Day at Sandbach Boys School two years ago. Her son plays the clarinet and following a visit to the CYO was invited to join the Intermediate Woodwind group. He has since moved up into 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. The orchestra performs at Congleton Town Hall three times a year and 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. Older daughter Michelle also joined and still continues to support the Orchestra from time to time.

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.