RIAC match: Three new trustees for Brass for Africa - March 2024

RIAC match: Three new trustees for Brass for Africa - March 2024

RIAC were delighted to be able to help Brass for Africa with their trustee recruitment recently, and to match not one but three trustee candidates for this award-winning charity that delivers music and life-skills education to over 1500 disadvantaged children and young people across Uganda, Rwanda and Liberia.

Brass for Africa Director of Development Andrea Berbegal says: “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome of our partnership with RIAC. Thanks to their support, we were able to recruit three outstanding new trustees to our organisation. The process was seamless and we are immensely grateful for the valuable contribution that RIAC has made towards strengthening our board. We highly recommend RIAC to any organisation looking to make a meaningful impact through credible and effective partnerships.”

This match sees RIAC candidates Oliver Jackson, Kate Munk and Shamina Peerboccus join the Brass for Africa board.

Shamina is an associate director at Tyto, a pan-European PR agency specialising in B2B tech. She says: “I am absolutely thrilled and profoundly grateful to embrace the role of trustee for a cause deeply ingrained in my heart. Brass for Africa’s mission, empowering children and young adults through music, resonates deeply with me. RIAC’s invaluable assistance in connecting me with this organisation has been instrumental. I am eager to offer my support and wholeheartedly committed to advancing our shared mission.”

Oliver is an employment law and human rights barrister who grew up in a large family of musicians, giving him a life-long love of music. He adds: “I have always made music, and no doubt that performing instinct helped draw me into the courtroom. Now I want to give something back and use the skills from my professional life to help others gain that same joy. Brass for Africa is an awe-inspiring charity that teaches brass music not just for its own sake, but also for the resilience, life skills and hope it can give to refugees and others across Uganda, Rwanda and Liberia. I am delighted to be part of the Brass for Africa team, and hugely grateful to RIAC for making it happen.”

Shamina and Oliver are joined on the board by Kate Munk, a chief of staff at Goldman Sachs. All three candidates will be mentored in their new roles by Sir Vernon Ellis, one of RIAC’s mentors who has many decades of board experience across English National Opera, Classical Opera, Leeds International Piano Competition, the Royal College of Music and the Britten Pears Foundation.