We’re a small team in the back office here at the Conservatoire but we take great pride in working with our tutors to help deliver a fantastic and personal service to our students and other visitors.
John has been Principal and Managing Director of the Conservatoire since June 2017.
He is a highly experienced educational and creative arts leader with an outstanding track record in school innovation, community engagement and arts leadership. John’s focus is to oversee the development of the Conservatoire by continuing to foster the outstanding quality of music, art and drama education on offer, and also to expand outreach and community engagement.
Operations Development Manager
Melanie joined the Conservatoire in 2012 and is Operations Development Manager.
Before being part of the Conservatoire, she worked in magazine publishing, delivering creative advertising solutions for clients including Chanel and Manolo Blahnik. As a local resident, Melanie is happy to be contributing to the development of the Conservatoire, and has recently returned to piano lessons after a gap of nearly 30 years. She will practice this time.
Mark completed his BA (Hons) in Performing Arts but realised he was an awful musician; bad actor and pretty rubbish dancer....
However he was rather good at organising and developed an aptitude for managing heritage venues. So followed a career in Music (Wigmore Hall); Theatre (New London Theatre); Art (Courtauld Institute) and Dance (Theatre Peckham) with with the odd diversion into housing and business improvement districts. Marks expertise is in the maintenance of spaces; managing facilities and providing a safe, secure and welcoming environment. Perfect for the Con!
Marketing & Events Manager
Danielle read history at Oxford where she was actively involved in student drama, journalism and committees.
After varied roles in fringe theatres, she spent many years at the Wallace Collection, where she was in charge of press, marketing, brand and many public events, both for the main Collection and exhibitions, including a collaboration with Damien Hirst. Danielle lives in Blackheath with her young family and loves the way the Conservatoire is at the centre of the local cultural community.
Kelly trained at the University of Winchester to gain a degree in Music and Theatre.
Since graduating in 2008 Kelly has been involved in projects as both a performer and within the Arts Education sector working on programmes with Focus on the Arts Ltd, London Youth Orchestra, South East Dance, Kent County Council and HQ Theatres. In addition to working at The Conservatoire, Kelly works as a freelance theatre producer, performer and singing, drama and music tutor.
Head Of Finance
Neil is part time Head of Finance at the Blackheath Conservatoire.
He also works as Head of Finance at the Bush Theatre. He is a Trustee at AND, the Arts Council Funded Bridge charity for education and the arts in London and Trustee at the Arvon Foundation, the Arts Council Funded national creative writing charity.
Head of Music
Mairéad Sheerin is a singer, choral conductor & singing teacher. She has taught individual singing lessons at the Conservatoire for the last 10 years.
She founded and directs two local choirs and is vocal consultant to several large London choirs. As a singer she has appeared as soloist with Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert as well as Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Later this year she will be continuing her recital series of mother's songs from opera and art song. Mairéad also plays the piano, cello and guitar and is covertly learning the trumpet at the same time as her middle son.
Individual Tuition Administrator
After leaving The London College of Fashion, Mary began seven very manic years, summed up perfectly by the film “The Devil Wears Prada”.
After taking time out to be a full-time mum, which she wouldn’t have missed for anything, Mary started looking for a part-time job that she could balance with being a mum when her second son started school. Luckily (for us!) she found the Conservatoire. Sixteen years later the job isn’t so part-time anymore and Mary, along with her collegue Chris, is in charge of administrating the individual music tuition programme.
Front of House Team
Stephanie studied Musical Theatre at Grant MacEwan University in Alberta, Canada and gained her MA in Musical Theatre Performance from RCS in Glasgow.
When not at The Blackheath Conservatoire she is busy typing away on her blog ‘The Greenwich Rambler’, covering all the things she loves about Greenwich, Blackheath and beyond. Stephanie is thrilled to be surrounded by music, drama and art once more at The Conservatoire.
Front of House
Before joining the Conservatoire, Lucy worked in the Education Sector for 16 years.
Lucy has always had a love for Music and the Arts and her grown up daughter is a very cool and current singer and recording artist. In her spare time Lucy creates beautiful nature-inspired jewellery from precious metal clay and also has a keen interest in nature photography, as well as planting flowers and sowing vegetable seeds at her community allotment.
Front of House / Administration
James has toured internationally as a musician, released two albums and signed a publishing deal with Universal Music
Music has been a constant thread in James’s life, from performing in indie bands, jazz ensembles and orchestras and writing songs which have been synced by the BBC, to undertaking a BMus degree at the London Centre of Contemporary Music. He brings his experience and passion for music to The Conservatoire, where he can be seen at the front desk, in the office... or heard in the drum room.
Henry trained as an Actor Musician at Rose Bruford College.
Henry started as a drama student at The Conservatoire in 2001 aged 11, and has been a drama tutor for Blackheath Youth Theatre since 2014. After Elf Academy in 2015, Henry had spent so much time in the office that he decided to stay on in the marketing department. Look out for his hilarious A-boards, clever tweets, and website content written in the third person.