Six new trustees join the Jazz North board

Jazz North is excited to announce the appointment of six new trustees joining its dynamic board; musicians Perrilena Alleyne-Hughes, Richard Henry, Jilly Jarman and Dennis Rollins, Web Developer and CMS specialist Jeni Tehan and Communications Consultant Jon Beck. The new trustees will help Jazz North shape the future of the organisation as it navigates a new landscape for live music.

Dennis Rollins said, “I’m extremely excited to be appointed as a Trustee Board Member of Jazz North. As a musician and educator, I’m looking forward to being a part of a team dedicated and focused in making a difference to the lives of young musicians.”

Trustees will join at an important time for the organisation, which has worked hard to support musicians and promoters throughout the pandemic, moving many of its career development activities, networking meetings and one to monitoring sessions online, and offering financial support packages and emergency funding advice to musicians and promoters.

Simon Ryder, Vice Chair said, “I am delighted that we have been able to appoint six Trustees of such high calibre who will bring a wide range of skills, perspectives and lived experience to further strengthen our board at this pivotal time for the jazz sector. We understand that the challenges we all face right now will have long term consequences for musicians, promoters and venues and our new Trustees will help to transform our work.”

CEO Lesley Jackson said “Alongside the challenges created by the pandemic, we also recognise that the jazz industry has a long way to go to become a truly diverse and inclusive sector. I am looking forward to working with our new Trustees to develop new plans and initiatives that will grow our reach, develop new partnerships and ensure that we are an organisation that stands up to inequality, invests in diversity and makes real change.”

The appointments, which will double the size of the Jazz North Board, were made after Jazz North adapted its recruitment process and enlisted the support of Black Lives in Music to help promote the vacancies. The new appointees join the other members of the Board of Trustees: Chair – Debra King; Simon Ryder; Alexander Douglas; Dafydd Williams; Craig Chapman and Neil Dutton.

Jazz North's new trustees July 2021

(top left-right) Dennis Rollins MBE, Jeni Tehan, Jilly Jarman (bottom left-right) Jon Beck, Perri Alleyne-Hughes and Richard Henry


    • Dennis Rollins MBE is an award-winning trombone player, bandleader and educator, who has established a reputation as an artist of excellence and has lent his unique and stylish talents to some the world’s top jazz and pop personalities including Courtney Pine, Maceo Parker, Jamiroquai, US3, The Brand New Heavies, Blur, Monty Alexander, Pee Wee Ellis and Jean Toussaint. Working as a solo artist, he has recorded five critically acclaimed albums. Three with his award-winning band Badbone & Co and two with his progressive jazz organ-trio, Velocity Trio. Dennis is currently composing music for his sixth album release with his brand new FUNKY-FUNK! groove ensemble.
    • Jeni Tehan is a freelance web developer and Director of Delicious Creative, specialising in Drupal website development and maintenance. Alongside 20 years of web development, her professional experience also includes audio and video production, public relations, copywriting, and graphic design. Born in the USA, Jeni moved to Liverpool in 2006 and, as Trustee of Liverpool Pride, she helped to organise and deliver the city’s first official LGBT+ Pride Festival in Liverpool in 2010. An enthusiastic hobbyist musician with a passion for jazz, ska, and reggae, Jeni plays guitar, keyboards, and tenor saxophone.
    • Jilly Jarman is a music director, composer, jazz musician, and a multi-instrumentalist who works with schools and youth, adult community groups on songwriting and performance projects. She uses improvisation as a way for the individual voice to be heard and celebrated within a cooperative group setting. She is founder and Creative Director of BlueJam Arts in Penrith, Cumbria and enjoys collaborating with other artists and organisations. Currently she is establishing a network of Improv Choirs in England and Scotland, recording her songs with a new electronic jazz trio, and devising gamelan, samba and jazz performances for when music comes live again.
    • Jon Beck is a passionate jazz fan, amateur musician, and founder and Managing Director of Anthemis Consulting Ltd, a healthcare communications consultancy. Before founding Anthemis Consulting, Jon served on several of Unilever’s global brand teams where he worked on product innovation. Prior to moving into industry, Jon held postdoctoral fellowships in the field of physiology in the UK, US, and Canada and was an honorary lecturer at Manchester University. Jon is an experienced charity trustee and is currently Vice Chair of East Cheshire H​ospice where he helped develop a five-year strategy culminating in new services. Jon was chair of Bollington Festival, a charitable, volunteer led festival, for nine years.
    • Perri Alleyne-Hughes is a singer-songwriter, choral arranger & composer, writer, and actor. Perri was the Musical Director for Sense of Sound Singers leading the choir in collaborations with artists as diverse as Damon Albarn (Blur), Brian Eno, Massive Attack, Paco Pena, and Neil Campbell, and through major competitions on BBC TV and radio. She is a retired secondary school teacher of Maths and Biology and later, Performing Arts. She had several other leadership roles within school over the years including Year Head, Numeracy Across the Curriculum Coordinator, (Acting) Head of Maths and was the only black role model available to her students for the majority of her teaching career.
    • Richard Henry was born in Sheffield and is a specialist bass trombonist and versatile multi-instrumentalist who is very much in demand for both live and recorded projects in pop, jazz, theatre, film, and classical contemporary music. Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel, Hermeto Pascoal, Carla Bley, Stephen Warbeck, George Michael, Little Mix and Dame Shirley Bassey are just some of the artists Richard has worked for, demonstrating a wide range of trombone playing styles. He is Professor of trombone at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (jazz dept), Bass trombone – London Jazz Orchestra, Musician at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Member of the Chineke! Orchestra.