We are delighted to announce that Amy Challen and Dwight Pile-Gray have joined our Board of Trustees
We are really excited about Amy and Dwight joining the Mahogany board. They bring a wealth and breadth of knowledge and experience that will contribute hugely to the development of the organisation. The process of selecting our new trustees was an enriching one for us all and the arrival of Amy and Dwight marks the beginning of a new chapter for Mahogany.
Penny Jonas, Frederic Wake-Walker and the trustees of Mahogany Opera
I am honoured to be joining the Board of Trustees of the Mahogany Opera Group. It is rather exciting to have the opportunity to work with such an innovative and groundbreaking organisation. As someone who is passionate about opera in all its many forms, it is wonderful to see such active commissioning of new work with the explicit aim of reaching new audiences. I have never believed that opera cannot be inclusive and relevant, and it is exactly the kind of work that Mahogany does which will ensure it can be.
It is my great pleasure to be appointed to the board of Mahogany Opera. We are now at an incredibly exciting point in terms of how we develop both our audiences and our ability to deliver exciting and innovative performances both live and virtually. Mahogany Opera are a thriving creative organisation dedicated to providing a quality, accessible opera experience for all. I hope that I can use my experience to compliment what is already a fantastic team.
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. She studied Philosophy, Politics & Economics at Oxford and continued her adventures in academia at Princeton, Sciences Po Paris, the Free University Amsterdam, and the London School of Economics. Her Ph.D. research focused on the econometric impact assessment of intervention programmes in education. Since leaving academia, Amy worked at McKinsey & Company and as an independent consultant, gaining wide-ranging experience in strategy, operations, organisational change, and leadership development, whilst consulting to some of the world's largest organisations. She currently leads the advanced analytics strategy and delivery at a major multi-national, and joined the Mahogany Board in March 2021.
Mahogany Opera is committed to collaborative and inclusive ways of working. We know opera can be, and is widely perceived as, a form of culture that upholds systemic injustices rather than challenging them. It does not have to be that way. We endeavour to create work that is open and welcoming to everyone who wants to participate. If you are interested in hearing more about our work and how to get involved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org - we'd love to hear from you.