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The Engine Room

Our office is run by Yvonne (Kindergarten Administrator) and Xenia (Instrumental Adminstrator), with technology managed by James.  See their biographies below, or see here for who's who at the NLC!

Yvonne Clyne smiling at the camera

Yvonne Clyne

Kindergarten Administrator

Yvonne grew up in Camden, North London and joined the Conservatoire in November 2014, having previously worked as an HR Manager and Executive PA to the Managing Partner in a large, busy North London GP practice. Her experience prior to that was as a Legal Secretary in a solicitor’s office, covering a wide range of legal services.

Yvonne loves to read a wide variety of subjects but has a particular favourite in history. She finds it very difficult to part with books and tries to find ever more innovative ways for their storage, rather than part with any – so far quite unsuccessfully!

She is married with three children.

Xenia Wyburn smiling in front of a hedge

Xenia Wyburn

Instrumental Administrator

Xenia joined the North London Conservatoire at the start of 2023 as Administrator for the Instrumental Department, having previously worked in an independent eye clinic in Fitzrovia for many years and before that a City law firm.

She has also spent lots of time as a full-time mother to her two children in North London, where she lives along with her husband and guinea pigs.

Having achieved Grade 8 piano as a youngster and studying Music at A-Level, playing the piano is still a great passion and she enjoys working in a musical environment.

In her spare time, Xenia enjoys reading, playing the piano as much as possible and dabbles in yoga and ballet!

James Westmore

Technical Manager

James is a North London Conservatoire alumnus, who began helping with technical work in 2012 while he was still an NLC student, before becoming a staff member in 2013.  He has achieved Grade 8 in 'Cello and plays the piano for fun at home. He has a Diploma of Higher Education in Computer Science from the University of Bristol, which has helped allow him to combine his technical and musical interests at the NLC.

James is also a trustee and treasurer of a small charity, loves sailing, reads avidly, and continues to play his instruments, but mostly spends his spare time trying to tire out his border collies!

Who's who

The NLC is organised into three sub-schools (Kindergarten, Junior, Senior) and within those, area departments.


Deborah Harris

Vice Principals

Laura Forbes (Senior Vice-Principal, Instrumental)

Beatrice Driver (Vice-Principal, Kindergarten & General)

Ellie Douglas (Vice-Principal, Financial & General)

Head of Music Kindergarten

Beatrice Driver (also Head of the Middlesex University Saturday School, NW4)


Junior Department (Y1-Y6)

Senior Department (Y7-Y14 - includes Gap Year students)


Yvonne Clyne (Kindergarten, Mon-Thurs)

Xenia Wyburn (Instrumental, Mon-Fri)

Technical Manager

James Westmore

Alumni Associations

Julia Randall (COPS - Colourstrings Old Players' Society, COPPs - COP Parents' Society)

Instrumental Heads

Seila Tammisola (violin/viola)

Marina Comas Castineira ('cello/bass)

Szandra Vilmanyi (piano)

Janos Agocsi (guitar)

Agnes Tatar (musicianship)

Concert Management, Orchestra Tours, and External Events

Julia Randall

Gosia Kuznicki

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