Fiona Ord-Shrimpton, PhD   Founder Director/Trustee

Starting in cell signalling with an active interest in both science journalism and events management, a different form of communication beckoned via arts and humanities. Several years followed working in academia and charity organisations in a variety of settings (art/science/business/creative learning/homelessness/music) which ensure a solid foundation for strategy and direction. Prior to setting up ‘On The Edge’ Fiona paid dues as executive director for a London-based National youth organisation specialising in big band jazz.

Matthew Holmes     Trustee

Originally hailing from South Yorkshire, Matthew Holmes is a freelance drummer, composer and educator based in Birmingham. In September of 2020 Matthew graduated from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with a first class BMus (Honours) degree in Jazz. Matthew is the latest board member, prior to his appointment to the board he has participated in many ‘On The Edge’ projects and community performances.

Rachel Adams       Trustee

Local cheerleading squad organiser and mother. Rachel’s daughters have both participated in ‘On The Edge’ events. Rachel supports ‘On The Edge’ trustee administration.

Previous Trustees

Cllr James McKay           Hon. Secretary

James has been a Birmingham City Councillor for Harborne ward since May 2011. In May 2012, he was appointed Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City. Prior to that, he was a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, working in the field of Contemporary History.  His co-authored volume, The Politics of Expertise: How NGOs Changed Modern Britain, was published by Oxford University Press in late 2012.


Jeffer Kyle       Junior Trustee

Having graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire and taken up a post-graduate course in London, Jeffer Kyle had first hand experience of youth music and personal development. She shared her skills as a musician and junior trustee.



Amran Ellahi          Trustee (advisory)Amran Ellahi _ previous trustee

Amran Ellahi is a prominent Community Leader who encourages British Muslims to be inspired by their faith and fulfil their responsibilities and obligations as British citizens.  Currently, Amran heads and teaches Music & Citizenship at a Muslim Secondary School in the heart of Birmingham.

Trustee Recruitment

‘On The Edge’ are currently recruiting for additional trustees to complement the current board.
Please download the following document for more information.  Trustee Recruitment

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