Patrick Allen read Electroacoustics at the University of Salford and trained with BBC TV and Radio. He subsequently gained a post-graduate Diploma in Marketing and completed the Business Growth Programme at Cranfield Business School.  In 1992 he founded Opera Omnia Productions, an audio and visual arts production company, where he is still active as a recording producer, photographer and filmmaker. Since 2000 he has also been Managing Director of Cass Allen Associates Ltd, an acoustics consultancy firm, where his main interest is the design of performing arts spaces. In 2009 he joined Orchid Music Limited as Technical Director.

Michael Berman has the background of a successful entrepreneur involved in early stage technology companies, initially with two of his own, and subsequently helping others to build flourishing and valuable businesses.

He is also a passionate musician with many years experience as a choral conductor; and in 2002 he was one of the founders of Southbank Sinfonia, now in its thirteenth year, which provides an intensive one year orchestral experience for graduate musicians as a bridge to the profession. Michael Berman was awarded a CBE for Music and Entrepreneurship in the 2013 New Year honours list.

Michael is a Sloan Fellow of the London Business School and has a Doctorate in Engineering.

James Brown

Managing Director

James Brown was born in Yorkshire and studied the viola with Frederick Riddle at the Royal College of Music. During a six-year career as a professional violist he was a member of the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Radio and London Philharmonic orchestras.

He founded Hazard Chase in 1990. From 1993-1999 he was a Partner of N.W. Brown and Company, Hazard Chase’s parent organisation at that time. In 1997 he was responsible for the acquisition by Hazard Chase of the business interests of Magenta Music International. In November 1999, as Managing Director, he led a management buy-out of Hazard Chase. In 2017 he was appointed Chairman of Artium Media Relations in which Hazard Chase is a shareholder.

James has been a speaker at numerous international conferences including Midem Classique, the Association of British Orchestras, the China Shanghai International Arts Festival Forum, the American Symphony Orchestra League and IAMA.

James was Chairman of the International Artist Managers’ Association from 2003-2005. In May 2007 he became an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music and in April 2012 he was made an Honorary Life Member of the International Artist Managers’ Association. In January 2013 he received the Association of British Orchestras/Rhinegold Publishing award for 2012 for Artist Manager of the Year.

Julie Gale

Director: Finance

Julie graduated from the University of Reading with a BA (Hons) in  French and Economics. She then trained with Clark Whitehill in Cheltenham and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996. Returning to her home town of Cambridge she worked briefly at Ernst and Young before moving onto the Dutch electronics company Philips. During her four years here she was promoted up to Financial Controller of one of the Philips departments and also made a company director. Having returned from a career break after having children she joined Hazard Chase in September 2008 providing ad hoc accountancy services, then became financial controller in 2011 and was appointed Financial Director in 2017.

Peter How has been a non-executive director of Hazard Chase since 2000, and in his career has been Chairman of How Group plc, President of Genie Climatique International and a member of the Chairman’s Circle at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. He is interested in helping budding young musicians reach their potential and enjoys music, opera and travel.

Liz became a Director of Hazard Chase in 1998, subsequently participating in the management buyout from NWBrown and has continued to serve as a non-executive director since returning to her freelance career. Armed with a degree in French and Italian from London University, she started her working life at Air France then moved to Harrison/Parrott. Initially organising artists’ travel schedules, she later became Associate Director in charge of Administration, taking responsibility in particular for IT systems and HR. During this time Liz passed examinations to become a Chartered Secretary, a qualification covering business, company law, corporate governance and finance. She also served for a year as Honorary Treasurer of the International Artist Managers’ Association. Liz now works as a freelance consultant, specialising in helping small businesses to stabilise and grow. She is an enthusiastic member of the concert audience and also spends much of her free time travelling – most recently on foot on the West Highland Way!

Sue Nicholls

Director: Vocal Dept.

Sue joined Hazard Chase in July 2000 to develop the vocal dept. and was appointed Director the following year. She began her career in music administration at the London Symphony Orchestra before joining Terry Harrison Artist Management. She worked for many years under the leadership of Tom Graham both at Harrison/Parrott and IMG Artists.

Lucy Rice

Director: Vocal Ensembles and Choral

Lucy graduated from the University of York in 1994 with a BA (Hons) in Music. At York she developed an interest in old and new music. After graduating she spent a year as a spotlight operator at Chichester Festival Theatre. From 1995 – 1997 Lucy worked as tours and concert manager for the New London Consort and the Musicians of the Globe. In 1997 she joined Magenta Music International as an Artist Manager and moved with the company to Hazard Chase Ltd. Lucy works predominantly with vocal ensembles and on projects. Lucy has 2 young boys and if she has any spare time she likes to garden and make wooden furniture.

Roderick Thomson

Director: Conductors and Instrumentalists

Roderick Thomson joined Hazard Chase in January 2009.  His first experience in the business was with Victor Hochhauser Ltd before joining Van Walsum Management in 1981.  During a long and successful period with the company he worked in both the touring and artist management departments, specialising in the Asian market in particular.  Having served twice over several years on the Board of the International Artist Managers’ Association, he remains a member of the IAMA Broadcasting & Media Committee.  With choristerships at Ripon Cathedral and St George’s Chapel Windsor, music has been part of his life from his earliest years; he still enjoys playing chamber music and jazz on his cello and bass.