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.

  • Patrick Holden

    Patrick Holden

    Executive Director

    Patrick brings over twenty years’ experience of leadership – in both not-for-profit and commercial sectors.

    He has had a lifelong passion for music and the arts, studying music at Goldsmiths before focusing professionally on music therapy and community arts.

  • Mairéad Sheerin

    Mairéad Sheerin

    Artistic Director

    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.

  • Danielle Cunningham

    Danielle Cunningham

    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.

  • Katherine Stevens

    Katherine Stevens

    Programme Manager

    Katherine joined the Conservatoire as Programme Manager in 2021 after 8 years working in the arts in the rolling hills of Devon.

    Katherine was lead producer on New Creatives, a BBC scheme for developing young artists in film, audio, and interactive art, and ran a youth theatre for 11-18 year olds, who got to perform at the National Theatre! Katherine enjoys sitting down with a good poetry book, all kinds of textile art, and heading out for an evening at a classic musical.

  • Stephanie Callow

    Stephanie Callow

    Tuition Administration

    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.

  • Neil Harris

    Neil Harris

    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.

  • Lucy Chapman

    Lucy Chapman

    Acting Front of House Manager

    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.

  • Victoria Heath

    Victoria Heath

    Front Of House

    Victoria has graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire with a first class degree in flute performance.

    Whilst studying, she found a passion for running music projects and has worked with MusicOnWheels, Animate Online, Lewisham Live and Notate Create Innovate. One of Victoria’s biggest achievements was being selected as Bristol City Wait for a year and performing at events for the Lord Mayor of Bristol. As well as working at Blackheath Conservatoire, she teaches at various schools in Lewisham.

  • Naomi Hetherington

    Naomi Hetherington

    Programme Assistant

    Naomi completed her BA (Hons) in painting at Glasgow School of Art and then gained a Masters in painting from The Slade in 2015.

    She has worked in galleries and Museums before moving to London, where she worked for 6 years with Picturehouse Cinemas. Whilst working at Greenwich Picturehouse Naomi became a Duty Manager and also managed the HR administration for that cinema. In addition to working at The Conservatoire, Naomi is a practicing artist, she has exhibited her work in London and Glasgow, and has been on a number of artist residencies, and a local studio.

  • Henry Bauckham Staff

    Henry Bauckham

    Marketing Assistant

    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.