John Ellis was born in 1952, brought up in Yorkshire and Aberdeen and graduated in 1974 with a degree in mathematics from the University of Aberdeen. He worked for a series of major firms in financial services, mostly in senior technical or management roles, until he retired in 2015. Music has been a significant part of his life, both as a performer (choral singer) and an attendee at concerts, operatic performances and the ballet.

As a trustee I aim to use the experience I have gained to help ensure the high standards of governance necessary in a charity, whilst supporting work that enables disadvantaged people of all types and ages to benefit from the joy that music can bring.