Bridget Whyte – Chief Executive, The UK Association for Music Education – Music Mark
Bridget was appointed CEO of Music Mark in 2017, having worked in music education for over 15 years. She started her career at the Arts Council before moving to London to work for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Royal Academy of Music. In 1995 she went freelance working on a wide range of projects and programmes with over 50 organisations. Focussing on music education work from 1998, key clients included Youth Music, various music services and hubs, and she worked for the Music Manifesto and subsequently the Department for Education (DfE) to set up and support the National Singing Programme – Sing Up. Her last key freelance role was as a Strategic Advisor for the British Council, setting up and managing their World Voice Programme, initiating singing programmes in over 20 countries around the globe.
As Music Mark’s CEO, Bridget is in demand as a speaker and advisor at a national and international level. She was part of the DfE’s national working group on the Model Music Curriculum, is on the Board of Scotland’s Music Education Partnership Group, and is currently involved in the discussions with Welsh Government on the future of music education and working with a group of international colleagues to develop a Global Compact on Music Education.