The Trustees are current/retired educationalists or professional people who live in the District of Bromsgrove.

The Board meets four times a year to discuss current and future projects and to administer the Trust.

Paula Kelly-Edwards BA(Hons) PGCE


Paula completed a degree in Music Education at York University in 1990 and has taught music in many primary, secondary and middle schools. For two years she was the Director of Music at Gateway High School in Zimbabwe. Currently she is the Music Leader at Burlish Park Primary School which has been awarded Arts Mark Gold and in March 2011 the National Leading Aspect Award for Music. The work of the school has also been celebrated on the Local Authority Effective Practice database.

Steve Cowperthwaite

Steve is a well-known figure in Bromsgrove′s musical world. Prior to his retirement, he was at North Bromsgrove High School, first as Head of Music and latterly as Assistant Headteacher. He has conducting experience with a wide range of choirs and ensembles, including currently being Directorof Music at St John’s Church, and Musical Director of Barnt Green Choral Society.

Brian Hoggard BA(Hons)

Brian Hoggard has been a peripatetic guitar teacher in schools since the year 2000. He set up and ran Worcester School of Rock & Performance for many years, was Chair of Worcester Music Festival for two years and was Contemporary Faculty Leader at Worcestershire Youth Music. In 2016 he founded Dragon Music which supplies vocal and instrumental tuition to schools, runs youth music events and also runs Bromsgrove Rock School.

Anita Porter BA(Hons) PGCE

Anita recently retired from her post as Head of Music at North Bromsgrove High school where she taught for over twenty years. She has also taught in schools in Birmingham, Bedfordshire and Warwickshire and has worked for Worcestershire Instrumental Music Service, teaching violin in first, middle and high schools in Bromsgrove. Anita and her colleague, Steve Cowperthwaite, have been responsible for establishing biannual Music Days in Bromsgrove involving young musicians aged six to eighteen.

Catherine Shearwood BEd(Hons) NPQH

Catherine retired from her post as Headteacher in 2012, having spent over twenty-five years working in Worcestershire First Schools. She has always pursued opportunities for pupils to have access to music education and has encouraged wider participation in activities beyond school through the Worcestershire Instrumental Service and other local organisations. Catherine is currently a governor of a local Bromsgrove school and continues to take an interest in the musical opportunities available both for schools and in the wider community.

Kirsty Elvins LLB (Hons)

Trust Adminstrator

Kirsty was educated at North Bromsgrove High School and gained her law degree at the University of Central Lancashire before completing her academic qualifications at the University of Birmingham. She has since worked in Oxford and Southampton before moving back to her roots. Kirsty qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and currently works in Worcester specialising in property law.