Trustees & Patrons

We have a Board of Trustees, chaired by Adam Barker, who with a wealth of experience and commitment to music, help us run the charity effectively and fairly.

The Hon. Richard C Lyttelton

The Hon. Richard C Lyttelton

Richard Lyttelton made his career in EMI, which he joined as a management trainee in 1968. After five years in his own businesses, he rejoined EMI full time in 1974 and retired as President of EMI Classics and Jazz in 2006.

Born in England, he was educated at Eton College and the Birmingham School of Music.  In 1969 he formed his own company in the Leisure industry which he sold to EMI (EMI Leisure Enterprises Ltd) in 1973, becoming first a consultant to EMI and then re-joining the company full time in 1974.

From 1974 Richard held a number of appointments within EMI including: project EMI Manager Leisure Enterprises, Managing Director, EMI Finland and Director International operations, EMI Records UK.  In 1983 he transferred to the parent company Thorn EMI as President Thorn EMI Video North America from which he was recalled to the UK to establish a new business in cable TV programming.

In 1984 Richard rejoined EMI Music as Managing Director EMI South Africa and in 1986 he was appointed President of Capitol Records, EMI of Canada Inc He returned from Canada in 1988 to take up his ultimate position for EMI in London as President EMI Classics, later EMI Classics and Jazz from 1988 up to his retirement in 2006.

Mr Lyttelton has always been keenly interested in music and the music industry and has served as chairman of the South African Industry Association, Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, Chairman Help Musicians UK and President of the Royal Albert Hall.

Richard is currently involved with various educational and charitable organisations including The Worshipful Company of Musicians, The EMI Archive Trust and the Royal College of Music.

Mr Lyttelton lives in London with his wife, Romilly, and has two grown up children.