Music & Arts Team

Our Team

Below is a list of our management team and our core delivery team

John Percival

Managing Director

John is the Founding Director of Newave Music & Arts and has worked in the arts and education sector for over 15 years. As a music specialists and guitarist of 27 years, John often leads thematic arts experiences in primary and secondary schools as well as advising and supporting schools and educational partners to embed creativity into the heart of their practice.

Kelly Percival

Director Music & EYFS

Kelly has been working in the education sector for over 15 years. She is responsible for supporting the management and development of Newave staff as well as running Newave’s subsidy company ‘Sing n Jam‘. As an specialist in Early Years and Music, Kelly is on the front line of delivery and can be seen delivering weekly sessions to students of all ages.

Gemma Latty

Business Manager

Gemma has a BA (hons) in Jewellery and has worked in arts administration for over 12 years. Prior to working with Newave Education, Gemma was Exhibitions Coordinator at the British Council, organising and delivering high profile exhibitions with artists including Anish Kapoor, Jeremy Deller, Sarah Lucas and Steve McQueen.

Natalie Harris

Accounts Director

Natalie is our Finance Director and is responsible for the day to day running of all things finance related. She oversees the administration of payroll and invoicing to schools and clients. She is also responsible for managing Newave’s pension scheme.



Oliver Cash

Music Tutor

As Head of Centre at Ingestre Hall, Felix is committed to ensuring Children & young People have access to the high quality residential learning, working closely with his team of professional artist educators and centre support staff to ensure all visitors engage in ‘meaningful, unique and exciting arts activities and experiences that provide lifelong and transformational creative learning outcomes.

Tara Poole

Team Leader & Dance Tutor

Tara has a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies with Dance Foundation and an MA by Research in Performance and Philosophy. She is responsible for leading weekly dance sessions at Ingestre Hall as well as supporting with the management of our team of Creative Facilitators, who deliver on behalf of Newave Arts.

Felix Pepler

Associate Consultant

As Head of Centre at Ingestre Hall, Felix is committed to ensuring Children & young People have access to the high quality residential learning, working closely with his team of professional artist educators and centre support staff to ensure all visitors engage in ‘meaningful, unique and exciting arts activities and experiences that provide lifelong and transformational creative learning outcomes.

Lauren Tiso

Music Leader

With a degree in Music Education, Lauren is an experienced music leader who joined Newave in September 2020. Lauren is responsible for delivering weekly sessions in both primary and secondary schools. 

Jack Jones Newave

Jack Jones

Media Manager

Jack is responsible for managing both Ingestre Hall’s and Newave Arts’ media and marketing channels. As part of Jack’s role, he is responsible for producing Animato presentations for visiting schools and ensuring their residential stay is documented through video and images.

Eleanor Walker

Vocal Leader

Eleanor trained as an Actor at Birmingham School of Acting (now The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) and graduated with a BA (Hons) in 2016. She is also a trained Soprano and holds a Grade 8 in Music Theatre from London College of Music.

Steph Owen

Associate Consultant

Steph is Newave’s Associate Consultant responsible for supporting with the quality monitoring and practitioner development. As a part time member of staff, Steph splits her time between Newave and managing the British Police Symphony Orchestra.


Rob Brittle

Film & Photography

Robert is a Freelance Photographer and Tutor, having graduated from the University of Derby with a 1st class Commercial Photography Degree and MA in Film and Photography. Specialising in the Landscape imagery, people interacting in it, around it, above and below using both digital and film mediums, the larger the format the better