The Trustees of Rock

As a registered charity Felix’s School of Rock is governed by a board of trustees. Their details are below:

Owen Farmer (Chair)

Marketing Operations Manager working for an International organisation called Merkle; using data, technology, and analytics to help clients deliver best in class business to customer communications.
I first became involved in FSOR, when my son, Louis, was 11 or 12 and attended his first Rock School. I went to see the concert and was simply blown over by the energy, positiveness and high standard of the performances. Louis has never looked back, he attended several more FSOR schools and today he is heavily involved in music, performance and lighting. I first got involved with FSOR myself when I was asked to give advice on marketing; Baz, Felix and Alyson attended a number of Sunday morning meetings in my garden whilst we developed a communication strategy. From there I was asked to join the Board and have been a member ever since. It’s a pleasure to give
something back to the community and to be part of the FSOR team that deliver such a unique and awesome experience for our youth

Melissa Aitken

I am originally from Canada, but also have Scottish roots.  I have both Canadian and British citizenship and moved to the UK in 1995 to pursue postgraduate studies.  I have been living and working in the borough of Greenwich since 2003.  I am a Clinical Psychologist, specialising in child and adolescent mental health which has provided me with much experience in multi-agency working. I am passionate about promoting positive mental health and believe that music participation can have a significant role in this.
I am also the mother of two children; one who has been regularly participating in FSOR for the last 18 months and another, who has enjoyed the gigs and is itching to be old enough to join in.  I joined the FSOR board in the autumn of 2016 and I am excited to contribute the development and sustainability of an organisation that has brought joy and confidence to my child

Mark Hoffman

Deputy Head of Department (Teaching & Learning)
Department of International Relations
London School of Economics
Bass player with The Distractions

Steve Jenkins

Originally from the West Country growing up in Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare before moving to London at age 18 to study architecture at Greenwich University I have, more or less, been here in South East London ever since. Learned to play guitar, badly, after graduating from university and spent my 20’s playing in almost, but not quite successful indie guitar bands and have never lost my enjoyment of making poor quality music. I have undergraduate & graduate degrees in architecture and am a chartered Architect and member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Since 1999 I have been owner/director of my own Architectural Practice specializing mainly in the construction, renovation & modernization of high quality residential buildings.

I have a daughter who, at 12 is already a vintage and extremely enthusiastic FSOR participant & who appears to have been granted most of the musical talent available to this family. I’m really happy to be able to help FSOR to continue to thrive in any way that I can.

Kristina Leonnet

A specialist in project management, with extensive experience in the voluntary sector. She has worked across a range of fields including financial education, the arts, youth, health, and refugee support. Kristina is currently Senior Product Manager for Asthma UK, where she manages a range of digital projects to support self management of asthma. Kristina is also the mother of a FSOR veteran.

Jenny Kavanagh

Jenny has worked with young people for over 30 years, having worked for a local authority for 27 years, 10 years of which have been delivering direct services to children, young people and families and 17 years in management and leadership roles. This has included Head of Youth Service, Head of Youth Support Service and more recently Service Leader for Early Help.
She has extensive experience of leading and working within integrated services and partnerships including the voluntary and community sector, commissioned partners, housing services, public health and education providers. Jenny has an in depth understanding of afeguarding and risk including statutory and non-statutory frameworks. Children, young people and families are at the centre of many years, evolved and informed practice underpinned by anti-discriminatory practice and equality of access. Jenny has served as a school governor for 8 years.
Jenny has held a lifelong love for the arts and is passionate about all young people having access to creative opportunities as well as developing personally and socially regardless of background or circumstance. Jenny is committed to youth engagement particularly valuing young people having a say and contributing to decision making that affect their lives, organisations and communities.

Arabella Budd

Arabella Budd, born, educated and lived in south London my whole life where music tuition was easy to come by, encouraged for all and mostly free. Music was integral to a rounded education and when I became a parent I was hugely saddened to find this was no longer the case. Then I discovered FSOR. FSOR has been an absolute gift to to my children who have been involved since 2008. To find an organisation that values music so much, supports, nurtures and encourages children of all ages and abilities and backgrounds to experience the joy that playing in a band brings has been invaluable. The team at FSOR offer something very special, do it with so much
passion and professionalism and I wanted to offer my support and give something back and so I became a trustee.

Suzanne Hunt

Suzanne Hunt is a Manager in the music business, managing, among others Glenn Tilbrook and Squeeze. She also runs a record label. Suzanne is a school Governor and mother of 2 sons, both graduates of FSOR.