Our team

We have an excellent team delivering the work of NW Live Arts all of whom have a strong background in managing arts-based projects.

Caroline Heslop

Artistic Director & Founder

Caroline Heslop MMus LTCL is London based with many years’ experience as a music journalist, composer, FE lecturer and pianist. Her belief in the capacity that creativity in the arts has to improve quality of life, outlook and self-esteem is central to the ethos of the work of NW Live Arts. She is committed to seeing NW Live Arts establish itself as an important cultural hub bringing communities and talented musicians closer together.

Milly March

Marketing Manager

Milly is a freelance arts marketing specialist with current clients including NW Live Arts and Newnham College, Cambridge. She has also worked in marketing with the chamber orchestra Britten Sinfonia and at the Association of British Orchestras and is a Trustee of Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival. In her spare time, Milly plays guitar and is a keen photographer.

Melanie Wilson

General Manager

Melanie Wilson has enjoyed over twenty years working in the creative arts.  She began working in the visual arts at the Serpentine Gallery, the Anthony d’Offay Gallery and the V&A, and has worked on the Live Performance and Film Programme at Tate Modern since 2016. As a freelancer Melanie has worked as Competition Manager for National Choir of the Year, Art Fair Manager for SUNDAY Art Fair, Senior Manager for Vocal Futures, Bloomsbury Festival Operations Manager and Streetwise Opera London Programme Producer.  She joined NW Live Arts in January 2022.

Danai Ngangira

Chair of trustees

Danai is from a corporate background having held leadership positions in the financial services. Her priority with NW Live Arts is to further the mission of the organisation through focusing on increasing representation, creating long term funding streams and providing key strategic support to the existing team.

Jane Bedwell

Trustee (treasurer)

Jane read Music at Oxford University, plays the bassoon with several amateur orchestras and is founder and director of her own accountancy firm. In this capacity, she works with a range of orchestras, musicians and artistic projects and with several charities engaged in health, social and international development.

Henrietta Hill


Henrietta, from Derbyshire, is a London-based violist who enjoys a varied musical career with a special interest in chamber music and contemporary music. She works for numerous arts organisations, as a performer, freelancer and educator.

Sarah Monk


Sarah was born in to music. Her father, Christopher Monk, restored the Renaissance instrument, the serpent, from obscurity and Sarah has had a long and successful career in arts marketing and production. Currently, she produces the podcast series Materially Speaking – where artists and artisans tell their stories through the materials they choose. She is an invaluable advisor for the marketing strategy of  the charity.

Martha Okigbo

Martha joined the board in Spring 2021. Born in Clapham, she has seen first hand how vibrant, creative and multicultural our society truly is.  Martha works within the Financial Planning & Analysis team for a leading educational charity, targeting vulnerable and disadvantaged youth. Previous contract roles have been at JP Morgan Chase, BNY Mellon and Lloyds. A classically trained musician and chorister, she regularly performs in and around North West and Central London.

Sophie Ransby


Sophie is a musician, educator and project manager with over 17 years’ experience working in arts education. A passionate advocate for the transformative power of the arts to change lives, she is thrilled to be working with NW Live Arts alongside her role at Southbank Centre as Creative Learning Manager for Emerging Artists.

Jason Shenai


Jason is a London based photographer and has worked for a wide variety of clients particularly in the editorial and design fields. He is the founder and director of picture library,  Millennium Images in London, and brings many years experience of managing international business operations to his role as trustee. He plays the violin with Hertford Chamber Orchestra and chamber music with friends.

Armin Zanner


Armin is Interim Director of Music & Head of Vocal Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In his time at the GSMD, Armin has expanded performance opportunities for students, establishing the School’s ‘…at Six’ concert series and commissioning new work for the ‘Reflective Conservatoire’ and ‘Extraordinary Voices Festival’. He is much appreciated by NW Live Arts for his commitment to broadening social and community engagement with classical music and helping us to build connections to achieve this in our work.