Katie comes to OBS from a varied career across arts management, retail and finance. Katie has previously worked for the Cambridge University Musical Society and the Faculty of Music Performance team at the University of Cambridge, managing their ensembles and concerts. Most recently, she has been working as part of the finance team at Jesus College, Cambridge.
As well as working at OBS, Katie is in the process of completing a doctorate in Music at the University of York, where she also did her undergraduate and masters’ degrees. Katie is a keen singer and has previously sung under Robert Hollingworth, Stephen Layton, and Richard Pinel.
Katie also loves to spend her time travelling to European cities, cooking, reading, and, when the weather permits, running.
Simon Crookall is an arts manager and fundraiser, whose career has included the leadership of The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Hawaii Opera Theatre. He is now the Head of Philanthropy of the Voltaire Foundation at the University of Oxford. Simon has a lifelong interest in choral music, as singer, conductor and soloist, starting from his time as a Choral Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge.
Nathan has worked in various aspects of arts administration for a number years, including as manager of Tickets Oxford at Oxford Playhouse, front of house assistant manager for Creation Theatre and as a producer, production manager and director for a number of award-winning small-scale touring theatre companies, based in Oxford. Since 2015, Nathan has been a communications officer and centre administrator for a research centre in the School of Anthropology at the University of Oxford.