Management Team

Ken Grundy

Executive Director

Maestro! was founded by Ken Grundy in 1994 with the mission of providing focused travel and touring services to the performing arts community. Ken has an extensive background in the travel industry spanning more than 40 years. Prior to founding Maestro! he was responsible for the corporate travel accounts of such global giants as Shell Oil, ICI and Unilever, and later worked as a senior manager for American Express in Europe. His personal interest in opera and classical music led him to work with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, looking after their touring needs as they approached their 150th anniversary in 1992. This experience led to the formation of Maestro! and the company has grown steadily ever since. Over the past twenty five years, he has led the company from it\'s early days to the multi-million Pound turnover that it achieves today. He has focused the company towards providing state of the art customised travel and touring solutions for agencies such as Columbia Artists, Askonas Holt and IMG Artists and a diverse mix of internationally celebrated artists, orchestras, dance and opera companies including Andris Nelsons, Valery Gergiev, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Cecilia Bartoli, London Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra, Ballet & Chorus, The Cleveland Orchestra and Kodo.

Leanne Donlevy

Director of Touring Services

Leanne joined Maestro! in 2001 from a background in the legal profession. Her outstanding organisational & negotiating skills are a great addition to the Maestro team. Leanne was made a Director of the company in 2006 and has primary responsibility for the overall management of \'Tour Manager\' and the negotiation with hotels and other suppliers for our client touring needs. In June 2007 \'Miss Evans\' became Mrs Donlevy!

Nigel Foo

General Manager

Nigel has been with the company from the outset in 1994 and has an extensive background in the aviation side of the travel business. He is responsible for the day to day operations within the office and also for the sourcing and negotiation of our airline, charter and other aviation based contracts.

Stacey Friend

Manager - Tour Services

Stacey joined  Maestro! in February 2008 after graduating in Geography with a 2:1 Hons degree from Liverpool Hope University. Her area of responsibility has covered hotel & tour contracting, web-site maintainance and ATOL compliance management. Stacey is now responsible for the day to day operational aspects of the Maestro Music & Arts Tours programme

Sam Green

Tour Coordinator

Sam joined Maestro! in November 2016 after graduating from Liverpool John Moores University with a 1st class degree in History. Sam now manages his own tours and has been on the road with orchestras in China no less than five times in the past two years. Back at base he is heavily involved in the aviation and ground transportation aspects of the business as well as managing Maestro’s social media. Sam also enjoys playing piano and guitar (and watching Liverpool FC!).

Cat Trotter

Tour Coordinator

Cat joined Maestro! in October 2019 coming from a background in teaching. She is fluent in both French & Russian. She is currently responsible for all UK based leisure tour projects and assisting with orchestral touring.

Elizabeth Pierce

Company Secretary

Liz Pierce is a graduate of Leeds University and has held managerial posts with both industry and govermnent bodies. As Company Secretary she is involved in all aspects of the business and has particular responsibility for corporate governance and compliance.

Ann Woodruff

Consultant

Ann Woodruff has an extensive background in business management and more than thirty year\'s experience working as Company Tour Manager, supervising U.S. tours for many internationally renowned ensembles, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus, and Orchestre National de France. Ann has also handled complete production of U.S. tours for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Palast Orchester, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, and Camerata Salzburg. Ann acts as a consultant to Maestro on all aspects of production and is based in the US.