The Team

NMC Staff

Helen Sprott – Executive Director (part-time)
Eleanor Wilson – Creative Director (part-time)
Alex Wright – Director of Development
James Joslin – Recordings & Production Manager
Kate Walker – Sales & Marketing Manager
Joanna Ward – Development & Projects Assistant
Jack Jones – Office Assistant
Colin Matthews OBE – Executive Producer

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Helen Sprott

Helen has spent her career in music. Following an early career break with publisher Faber and Faber where she was appointed Commissioning Editor, Music Books, Helen has gone on to leadership roles in broadcast television (she was an award-winning Commissioning Editor with Channel  4 Television) and in orchestral administration, as Managing Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra.  For 12 years, Helen was Arts Council England’s Director, Music, first in London then nationally, overseeing public investment in music and music education. Helen has worked as an independent recruitment consultant, advising arts charities on senior executive appointments, and since April 2022 has been Senior Consultant with arts and culture recruitment specialists, AEM International. Helen is a non-Executive Director with St Martin-in-the-Fields Limited, and a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Academy of Ancient Music.

Ellie Wilson

Eleanor Wilson

Eleanor (Ellie) Wilson is NMC's Creative Director, responsible for artistic strategy and overseeing the management of the record label. She has been part of the NMC team for 15 years, having previously worked at Hyperion Records. She sits on the BPI Classical Committee and is a regular speaker at industry events and universities.

Born in East London and recently moved to Essex, Ellie enjoys gardening, reading books about nature & psychogeography, making weird noises on her hardanger fiddle, and walking her Boston Terrier, Blixa. She is also a composer and violinist.

Alex Wright

Alex Wright

Alex is Director of Development and is responsible for NMC’s fundraising, looking after relationships with trusts, public bodies, and individuals. He also oversees the organisation’s Education projects and partnerships, bringing its ever-expanding catalogue of recordings to new audiences.
Graduating with a music degree from the University of Sheffield in 2011, Alex previously worked for BCMG and Northern Ballet. An avid contemporary music fan, erstwhile composer and lapsed pianist, he has a particular love of electronic music. He is a founding Trustee of arts education charity Hand Of, and on the board of CoMA. 

James Joslin

James Joslin

James is NMC’s Recordings & Production Manager and is responsible for all recording projects and production activities. After graduating from De Montfort University in 2012, he worked at Brighton’s Fabrica Art Gallery, London Sinfonietta, and finally at Edition Peters promoting the contemporary music catalogue before joining NMC in 2022. Away from the desk, James paints, plays guitar, sheds the occasional tear while supporting Brighton & Hove Albion en hij leert ook Nederlands (maar heel langzaam).

Kate Walker

Kate Walker

Kate is NMC’s Sales & Marketing Manager, leading on everything to do with promotion, press, and communications, as well as running our online shop.

After graduating from the University of Edinburgh with a music degree, Kate moved to London to study at Goldsmiths, University of London where she focussed on electronic music and gender. She joined NMC after working for Southbank Sinfonia, and she loves music of pretty much every style and genre. In her free time Kate enjoys reading, running, and plays trumpet in several bands.

Joanna Ward

Joanna Ward

Joanna is NMC’s Development and Projects Assistant, helping Alex with fundraising and education projects. Joanna is from Newcastle upon Tyne, and moved to London in 2019 to pursue a Masters in Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As well as creating new music, she is also a performer of and writer about music; her research is focussed on radical and liberatory models of musical / sonic creativity, with a particular interest in educational contexts. In most of her spare time she can be found lurking in East London’s experimental music venues, but in her non-musical time, she likes to read, to cook, to do killer sudoku, and to swim (preferably in a London lido).

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Jack Jones

Jack is NMC’s office assistant, helping to send out online orders, manage NMC's stock and contributing updates to both the website and shop. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music on the Trumpet, Jack has worked closely with the National Open Youth Orchestra, Sage Gateshead and the Suzuki Hub in Hoxton as a visiting artist. A fan of all genres of music he has a strong belief that tangible connections can be made between communities through the performance of the music of our time. Away from his role at NMC, you might find Jack zooming around London on his bike or taking a dip in London Fields Lido. He is a keen cook and a fan of both football and cricket.