Team and Trustees


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Fred­er­ic Wake-Walker
Artis­tic Director

Fred­er­ic Wake-Walk­er directs and pro­duces opera and con­tem­po­rary music the­atre at major inter­na­tion­al opera hous­es and con­cert halls while also cre­at­ing new, ground-break­ing work with the inde­pen­dent scene in uncon­ven­tion­al spaces.…

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Brid­get Rennie
Exec­u­tive Director

Brid­get is Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Mahogany Opera, respon­si­ble for the charity’s strate­gic direc­tion and over­all wellbeing.…

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Marc Dun­leavy
Asso­ciate Producer

Marc Dun­leavy is a Pro­duc­er and Project Man­ag­er of live music, the­atre and immer­sive art.…

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Anne Timp­son

Anne is a free­lance pro­duc­er who works in com­mu­ni­ty and arts engagement.…

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Karen Mal­im
Devel­op­ment Manager

Karen is a free­lance arts man­ag­er and fundraiser.…..


The Board of Trustees have overall responsibility for the governance of Mahogany and come from a range of professional backgrounds.

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Katie Brad­ford

Katie Brad­ford was intro­duced to clas­si­cal music at her state schools, where she dis­cov­ered her life­long love of choral singing and learnt to play the recorder and the dou­ble bass.…

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Amy Challen

Amy Challen devel­oped a love of clas­si­cal music at an ear­ly age, learn­ing vio­lin and piano. She did­n’t get much oppor­tu­ni­ty to see opera whilst grow­ing up, but has made up for it since.…

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Ian Hamil­ton

Ian is a solic­i­tor with an inter­na­tion­al law firm in Lon­don. His love of opera was sparked by a chance encounter in 1995 with friends queu­ing out­side the Roy­al Opera House for a proms” pro­duc­tion of The Mar­riage of Figaro.…

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Mary Miller
Trustee (Chair)

Mary Miller began her career as a con­cert vio­lin­ist. before becom­ing Music Edi­tor for Scotland´s nation­al news­pa­per, a promi­nent broad­cast­er and fes­ti­val programmer.…

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Flo­rence Okoye

Flo­rence Okoye is a Qual­i­ta­tive researcher, User Expe­ri­ence and Ser­vice design­er who has worked across mul­ti­ple sec­tors design­ing inclu­sive dig­i­tal experiences.…

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Dwight Pile-Gray

Dwight Pile-Gray is a pro­fes­sion­al con­duc­tor, horn play­er, aca­d­e­m­ic and is cur­rent­ly Musi­cal Direc­tor of two orchestras.…

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Ava Pod­gors­ki

With diverse pro­fes­sion­al expe­ri­ence in the arts, char­i­ty and edu­ca­tion sec­tors, Ava is pas­sion­ate about mak­ing opera acces­si­ble for all and cham­pi­ons oper­at­ic inno­va­tion through rad­i­cal adap­ta­tion and new works.…

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Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas is a pro­mot­er, per­former, lec­tur­er and writer spe­cial­is­ing in new music.…

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