Achievement Through Creativity

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(former St. Edburgs School),

Cemetery Road,


OX26 6BB


Tel: 01869 602560

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David Marcou - Chair

David Marcou has a long and distinguished career as a professional violinist and educator.  For over 25 years he was a member of London Philharmonic Orchestra where he divided his time between playing and management holding the post of Chairman for a number of years.  He subsequently held an eleven year appointment as Principal of Berkshire Young Musicians Trust (now Berkshire Maestros).


He then embarked on a career as a freelance consultant in the field of music and education. He is also currently a member of the governing body of two south Oxfordshire schools.  When not busy with these activities David is to be found in the kitchen pursuing his love of cooking and, as a member of the MCC, likes to watch cricket and support his youngest son's rugby team.

Mary Moore - Vice Chair

Mary Moore hails from Leicestershire. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (FCIPD) she pursued a successful career in Human Resources holding senior positions in various central government departments in London. With lifelong experience as an amateur musician both as an instrumentalist and as a singer, she has been a member of London Philharmonic Choir since 1996, and recently stepped down after five years as Chairman of the choir. Since 2007 she has been involved in a number of freelance arts consultancy projects, including fundraising and development work for the Bardi Symphony Orchestra in Leicester and front of house management for Leicester's annual International Music Festival.  She is currently pursuing a long-held ambition to learn the viola, and work-wise now feels that she is doing what she always wanted to do when she grew up!


"As a Trustee of OYAP I have the great satisfaction of putting my wide business experience, and my background in amateur music and the arts, at the disposal of an organisation that plays a vital part in the development of some of the most disadvantaged young people in Oxfordshire in an exciting and positive way."


Simon Kearey

Simon Kearey has always liked the arts and through his work with Kids Company and current Chairing of Wycombe Heritage and Arts Trust has seen the power that arts can have in providing young people self expression, confidence and a positive outlook on life.

He has two sons who don't initially share his enthusiasm but everytime he 'drags' them to an event, be it works of art, a musical performance or just some story telling they end up thoroughly enjoying it!

He works in the Chief Executive's office of Oxfordshire County Council so appreciates the challenges in delivering this exciting agenda for young people with limited resources, but also the requirements to ensure that positive outcomes are being experienced by as wide a community as possible.


"I am a trustee of OYAP because I passionately support its objectives and feel that my background and experience can help make a difference in delivering these."

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Meet the Trustees

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Alice Kirk

Alice Kirk is a gallery educator and artist who is currently a Learning Programmer for Compton Verney art gallery Warwickshire.  Prior to her role at Compton Verney she held positions in various arts organisations including the Nottinghamshire Arts Support Service and worked as a freelance artist facilitating projects for schools and youth groups.  Alice also has a background in formal mainstream and special needs education, both areas she continues to be involved in and is passionate about.

Alice studied Fine Art: Painting at Loughborough University and although painting is the focus of her own work, she has a practical knowledge of many art disciplines including printmaking and sculpture.  She is also a musician, playing the flute and piano having played in various ensembles, concert bands and orchestras.


"I became involved with OYAP Trust as a participant of its young leaders programme in 2010.  I greatly support the work of the trust, particularly its commitment to working with emerging artists and arts professionals to launch their careers."

Alice Kirk

Carmelina Lawton Smith

Carmelina Lawton Smith is a training and development specialist and combines this with a lecturing role at Oxford Brookes University Business School. Carmelina has spent over twenty years in the commercial world working with many large corporations in a variety of roles. She now specialises in coaching and mentoring, delivering personal coaching and training others to coach and mentor in a variety of contexts. She is a member of the Association for Coaching and British Psychological Society.


Carmelina lives locally in Oxford but her parents hail from Italy. With an Italian family it is not surprising she enjoys cooking and eating! However in an effort to mitigate the pasta she also tries to keep up with the fit young things in the gym.


Graeme Surtees

Graeme Surtees grew up in Yorkshire, studied in ‘The North’ but has crept further south over the years until ending up in Oxfordshire.  After studying in the sciences and a brief spell in industry he ran away to join the circus… or to put it another way ‘had a career change into the arts’.


While working as a Local Authority Arts Manager he was one of the founders of OYAP, and was delighted to return years later in a different hat, to join the board when OYAP became an independent trust. In one form or another he has been helping people get involved in the arts for 25 years as an arts manager, music workshop leader, puppeteer, technician, roadie, tea maker.  He likes real coffee, chocolate and occasionally getting to play musical instruments.


"I am an OYAP trustee because I believe creative arts experiences enrich the lives young people and I really  value  OYAP’s work in helping young people who might not have the chance to engage with the arts to make a positive  change in their own lives."

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