Sarah Tunstall - Trustee

I’m the newest CWNN trustee and really excited to be part of something so special. I found out about the Choir from my husband, who is also a trustee - and have already been very inspired by attending events as an audience member.
 
Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember and I’ve always been really passionate about musical inclusion. Access to music-making encourages self-expression, builds confidence and gives people access to uplifting and engaging social environments. There are so many people experiencing challenging circumstances that act as a barrier to accessing music-making, so it’s fantastic to be involved with an organisation that exists to support marginalised people and enable them to have a group of good friends with whom they can sing their hearts out!
 
After studying music at the University of Liverpool, I began my own career as a classical musician until I “fell into magazine publishing”. Joining Newsquest Specialist Media in 1998 as a sales executive, I rose through the ranks to become sales director, publisher and then publishing director across the company’s magazine portfolio, managing brands across multiple platforms. I was named UK Business Publisher of the Year in 2001 by the Professional Publishers Association. I left Newsquest after leading an MBO team in an (unsuccessful!) bid to buy the company and joined educational trade body ISC as managing director, growing commercial operations and developing the company’s digital offering. I then became chief operating officer of the PPA, the UK’s magazine trade body, with responsibility for the company’s income and expenditure and specific responsibility for commercial development. During this time I directed and managed the World Magazine Congress, the world’s largest international magazine event, which was hosted in London in 2009 for the first time in many years. I also sat on the Board of the Association of Online Publishers. In 2010, I took the decision to move to the South Coast and joined the digital agency Fresh Egg as commercial director, with Board responsibility for business development and client services. 
 
In my thirties, I was the co-founder and chair of the Docklands Sinfonietta, a young professional orchestra playing in culturally neglected areas of London Docklands and East Kent. I’m now a (very out-of-practice!) flautist, bassoonist and pianist and can always be found singing (badly!) round the house. I recently ended my second term as a governor of a school in South London and am now looking forward to joining the CWNN team and bringing some of my commercial experience to the table to help such a fantastic organisation to achieve its ambitions and aspirations for the future
 

Sarah Tunstall - Trustee

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