Estelle Morris, Baroness Morris of Yardley, PC and Susanna Jordan have been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society.
They will contribute to a powerful team of directors, led by Chairman, Prof Nigel Weatherill, that will drive Liverpool Philharmonic’s ambitious programme of activity as a critically acclaimed Orchestra, world-class learning organization, and busy music venue, hosting musicians from around the world.
Estelle Morris was the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Yardley from 1992 to 2005, and served in the Cabinet as Education Secretary. Estelle started her career in education as a teacher in an inner city multiracial comprehensive school where she taught for 18 years. In 1992 she entered Parliament and in 2001 became the Secretary of State for Education and Skills. She followed this with 2 years as a Minister at the Department of Culture Media and Sport and left Parliament in 2005.
Since then she has combined a career that includes senior posts both in education and the arts as well as being a member of the House of Lords.
She now works at the Institute of Effective Education which aims to transform the relationship between education research and practice so that policy making and teaching can become more evidence based.
She is a trustee of the The National Poetry Archive and chairs the Council at Goldsmiths College. She is a regular contributor to Guardian Education.
On joining Liverpool Philharmonic’s Board of Directors, Estelle Morris said: “I am delighted to be joining the Board of Liverpool Philharmonic. It is a privilege to be working with a group of people and an organisation that achieves both international excellence and is rooted in its home city. I have been aware for some time of the pioneering work that the Philharmonic does with children and young people in the City and know that it can have a transformational effect on their learning and their development. Having spent most of my career in education and politics, I am very much looking forward to learning more about what happens at the Philharmonic and making sure that we can all learn from it.”
Susanna Jordan is one of the first violins in the orchestra and is one of two orchestra members on the board. Born into a musical family in Buckinghamshire, Susanna took lessons in violin and piano from an early age. She moved to Manchester to further her music studies with the Royal Northern College of Music and a Master’s degree in Musicology at Manchester University.
Susanna joined the Orchestra as first violin in 2011. As well as thriving on the diverse artistic programme and particularly enjoying foreign touring she has taken part in the Merseycare project for several years bringing music to a variety of mental health settings and has also worked with the children of the In Harmony programme, and served on the orchestra committee both as treasurer and chair.
Susanna Jordan said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the board. As a member of the orchestra I have benefited hugely from all the opportunities it has to offer and I am delighted to be able to offer something back. It is particularly exciting to take up the position as we look to welcome so much more diversity in the arts and I look forward as an honorary Liverpudlian to working with my fellow trustees to reach out to all sectors of our community both in Merseyside and further afield and to do whatever I can to help and support the organisation.”