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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Welcomes Two New Board Members

Friday 16 December 2022

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society has confirmed the appointment of Camilla Mankabady and Bryan Johnson to its Board of Trustees.

In January 2019, Camilla Mankabady was appointed the first Communications Director for Liverpool City Council. During her time at the council, Camilla has led on key comms and marketing activity for the city, including leading the narrative around the community Covid-19 testing, the national Covid Science Events Research programme and the opening of the Pandemic Institute.

Before returning to her home city, Camilla spent 20 years running flagship TV network newsrooms, across both BBC News and ITV News. She has been the programme editor on many news bulletins, including the BBC’s Ten O’Clock News and ITV’s News at Ten. Camilla has also worked in Europe as a Senior Media Consultant, helping to launch the Daytime and Evening schedules for the Euronews World Channel, in collaboration with the US-network NBC.

In 2018, Camilla was nominated for a BAFTA for her news programme’s coverage of the Grenfell Fire disaster. Over the years, Camilla has spent much time as a media industry awards judge with the Royal Television Society, Amnesty and MHP Communications.

Camilla is a self-declared ‘culture vulture’ and also serves as a trustee at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse theatres.

Bryan Johnson is Head of Artist & Industry Partnerships International at Spotify, where he is responsible for leading the development of global partnerships and educational initiatives that enable artists and their teams to find and grow their audience. He is also host of the Spotify for Artists Masterclass video series. 

Prior to joining Spotify, Bryan worked at PRS for Music, managing creative and commercial relationships with UK and International songwriters, publishers, and collection societies.

Bryan began his career as a touring and recording musician, playing drums for artists and composers including The Dead 60s, Basia Bulat, Cold Specks and Ilan Eshkeri, and recording with producers including David Kahne, Salaam Remi, Mike Crossey and Ben Hillier.

On her appointment to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic board, Camilla said:

“Liverpool Philharmonic is an illustrious institution with global-name recognition. To step into the auditorium is always a thrill and I am very much looking forward to getting to know the talented and hardworking team who deliver such passion and artistry. For many years, I’ve also admired the community work that Liverpool Philharmonic delivers with such joy and integrity and I hope to do what I can to help nurture emerging talent.”

Speaking on his appointment, Bryan said:

I am thrilled to be joining the Board of Trustees at Liverpool Philharmonic. As someone born and raised in the city, I’ve long been an admirer of this prestigious organisation and the important work it carries out with the local community. It’s an honour to represent and to be able to give back.”

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Notes to Editors

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Board of Trustees
Vanessa Bakewell
Angela Bellingham
Michael Eakin
Sameeta Gahir
Stephen Gregory
Claire Jackson
Bryan Johnson
Camilla Mankabady
Susanna Poole
Louise Shepherd (Chair)
Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley
Dr. Tony Harvey FRSA (Company Secretary)

About Liverpool Philharmonic

Liverpool Philharmonic enhances and transforms lives through music.

At the heart of our programme is the critically-acclaimed Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (the UK’s oldest) and Choir; work with young people through our Youth Company and In Harmony Liverpool; support for people experiencing mental ill health through work with the NHS; and presentation of over 400 diverse concerts and events each year at our home, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, one of the UK’s leading concert halls.

 

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