Peter Helps Chief Executive Expand I trained in hotel management and worked in hotels in Geneva, Toronto, Bournemouth and Brighton (narrowly missed being bombed there) before running off to join the 'circus' in 1985, when I managed theatres for English National Opera and Scottish Opera. I joined Viva in 1995. With colleagues I continue to redefine the role of the Orchestra and push the boundaries of what a creative musical organisation can be. Whilst ensuring concert giving of the highest standard, I am also passionate about the role music can play in the development of the social skills of participants in the Orchestra’s nationally acclaimed project work. I Chair the Leicestershire Music Hub Executive Committee and am a trustee of Magna Vitae, a culture and leisure trust based in Lincolnshire. I have just assumed, for a second time, Chairmanship of the Association of British Orchestras' Chamber Orchestras Managers' Group. I am a Director of Sinfonia Viva Events Ltd, the Orchestra’s production company. I was a Board member of the Association of British Orchestras for six years and during this time co-chaired the Education Manager’s Group. I served on the original Family Friendly Arts campaign Project Board. I was a founding Director of Cultivate, East Midlands' audience and organisation development agency and served a full six year term on its Board. I participated in Capitalise, an Arts Council funded cultural leaders programme run in the East Midlands. I have led on many creative projects including being producer and tour manager of Sinfonia Viva’s Cabinet of Curiosities Tour of five locations using its inflatable venue and being the local content producer for two original, created pieces that opened and closed the Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration Event in Derby in June 2012. I am currently working on the culmination event for Derby City’s area opportunity fund year-long project This is Derby in June 2019. I have been invited to join many Arts working groups in Derby where currently he sits as a member of the City’s Strategic Culture Group. My interests in the arts are wide ranging including music, opera and theatre. I am an avid skier and try to get as much time on the piste as my employer will allow.