NAMIR Ltd Committee for 2017


Gale Lawson Chairman Gale was a member of the Coldstream Guards Band for 27 years where he played trombone and violin. On leaving the Band in 1994, he attended the Merton College C&G course for 5 years specialising in brass and strings repair. He is now a full-time repairer with a workshop at home and repairs many instruments for professional brass players. Gale lives in Barnet, North London.
Gale Lawson
Geoff Collins Secretary Geoff has been a self-employed woodwind and brass repairer for over 12 years, after studying at Merton College. A saxophone player (mostly 'resting' these days), he also plays some bad flute and experimental electronica, and in previous lives, has also been a Civil Servant and Careers Adviser.
Geoff Collins
Jim Beckett Events Organiser Jim worked in musical instrument sales and repairs from 1963 to 2007 spending most of his time on repairs since 1988. He plays clarinet and saxophone quite badly and flute and violin even worse.
Jim Beckett
Diana Lawson Treasurer Diana has worked in finance since leaving school. She was employed by a variety of companies including Burtons and a Bond Street Public Relations company. From 1971 to 2002 she kept the books for a model agency. She now helps an electrical contractor with records and book-keeping as well as organising Gale's records at home in Barnet.
Diana Lawson
Judy Hinton Membership Secretary Judy studied the harp at The Royal College of Music with Marie Goossens, gaining an ARCM, GRSM and later a PGCE. She taught music in primary schools until becoming a class teacher in 1980. After further training she now teaches children with dyslexia in Harpenden.
Judy Hinton
Eddie Thompson Editor "The Intrepid Repairer" Magazine After studying trombone & composition at the Royal College of Music Eddie enjoyed a career as a professional musician spanning almost 50 years, working in recording studios, television, radio & West End theatres. He was assistant conductor for the musical "Canterbury Tales" and Musical Director to Les Dawson when aged 24. Since then he spent many years playing, arranging & recording with innumerable well known artists including Bing Crosby, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis, Shirley McLean & The Carpenters to name just a few. He travelled the world with the Gabrielli Brass Ensemble & The English Brass Group and when time permitted he examined Diploma candidates & was Brass syllabus consultant for a London Conservatoire.
Eddie Thompson
David Chapman Website Administrator David was a Mechanical/Electrical & Electronic Engineer and Software Programmer for 25 years before joining a local college lecturing in Engineering and Programming. In 2011 he combined his love of playing brass with his Engineering skills to set up his own instrument repair business, repairing brass, woodwind, percussion and Electronic keyboards. He joined NAMIR in 2011, training mainly through NAMIR and Trevor Head’s school at Llangunllo. He plays most brass instruments, but primarily cornet in a local brass band, where his partner Sue also plays Tenor Horn.
David Chapman
Dorothy Brodie Committee Member Dot studied the bassoon at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the foundation woodwind course in Llangunllo. Soon friends started asking her to carry out quick fixes and tweaks on their instruments and she soon realised that she could make a living as a repairer.
Dot set up as a self employed woodwind repairer in 2006. Since that first course, she has attended the saxophone, advanced woodwind and foundation brass courses at Llangunllo and completed the diploma in woodwind making and repairing at Newark College. Dot rents workshop space in Hobgoblin Music in Birmingham city centre where she repairs woodwind and brass instruments  
Dorothy Brodie
Ian White Committee Member Ian worked for the BBC for 29 years and then successfully completed the 2 year C&G instrument repair course at Merton College. He now repairs only bassoons having repaired all woodwind instruments for 20 years. Based in Wheatley near Oxford. He plays contra-bassoon and bassoon for many groups in Oxfordshire and beyond and also plays baritone sax in a big band and sax quartet.
Ian White
Sian Johnson Committee Member Originally from South West Wales, Sian is a keen oboist who moved to England in 2006 to study for a BA in Music and an MA in Music Management at Sheffield University. She went on to work in various roles (including a stint stage managing a zombie apocalypse) before enrolling on the Woodwind Instrument Making & Repair course at Newark College in 2013. Since graduating she has gradually established her woodwind repair business, working from her home in Sheffield.
Sian Johnson
Sunniva Hellerud Committee Member Sunniva moved from Norway to study at Newark College in 2012. She graduated with merit from their Woodwind Instrument Making and Repair Course in 2015 and studied metal bodied flutes as her major project. She now works at Dawkes Music as a full time technician and after further training is now specialising in woodwind and brass repair and restoration. She is fluent in Norwegian, English, Danish, and Flute!
Sunniva Hellerud