Benjamin Noakes, Projects & Orchestra Manager

Supervision of concert management, orchestra personnel and travel, auditions manager and website community access.

Ben studied music at Lancaster University and has previously worked as orchestra manager with the City of London Sinfonia, English Sinfonia, and for five years with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, in addition to freelance fixing and event management for other ensembles. He also enjoys performing as a pianist, accompanist, church organist and singer when time allows.

Charlotte Saldanha, Development and Communications Manager

Fundraising, sponsorship, marketing and communications, institutional publications,

Media enquiries, social media and digital comms. / website, event hospitality and guest tickets.

Charlotte has joined the Arts after over 15 years working in international Media, for European and national ‘think-tanks’ and education bodies. Charlotte has worked in the area of Development (fund-raising) since 2002, with a primary focus on GIK and sponsorship negotiations, involving international Foundations and blue-chip companies. Charlotte has spent most of her career in France and in Portugal.



Riitta Hirvonen

Executive & Finance Manager

Riitta joined the EUYO in July 2013 after running the administration of Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra Ltd for nine years as their General Manager. She comes from Finland and prior to the life in the Arts, she had a career in travel stretching almost two decades in Helsinki and London. She enjoys reading, crosswords and Nordic walking, and is an enthusiastic listener of classical music.

Jacopo Zacchia 

Communications Coordinator

Before moving to London from Italy, Jacopo studied Music at the Università di Bologna and Performing Arts Management at the Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia. He has previously worked at JAM - John Armitage Memorial Trust, Britten in Oxford and has spent the last 3 years working in the Arts. He enjoys cooking, is a keen swimmer and is a singer/songwriter.

Chris Turner, Librarian

Chris studied the clarinet and bass clarinet at the Royal College of Music. He is currently pursuing a freelance career combining working as the EUYO's librarian with freelance software development and playing the clarinet, whilst also privately studying conducting. He enjoys skiing and cooking Indian food.


Mei-Mei Siew, Bookkeeper


After graduating from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in Accounting and Administration, Mei-Mei worked in the accounting field for homeless and housing charities in Belfast prior to joining PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Luxembourg as an auditor. She then relocated to Kuala Lumpur, working in accounts and audit before being trained as an investment analyst and investor relations consultant. She has been working for the EUYO since February 2008.