‘On The Edge’ is pleased to welcome a new trustee board alongside its founder for 2023.


Fiona Ord-Shrimpton PhD   Founder / 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 was executive director for a London-based National youth organisation specialising in big band jazz.

Cllr Martin Brooks OBE Trustee

A distinguished profile having working in Serbian security and conflict resolution, Martin Brooks is currently a councillor for Harborne.

Jendayi Selassie Trustee

Jendayi Selassie is a graduate of Coventry University, a professional dancer with multi artform experience and the director of her own company, Wahdadah Dance CIC. Jendayi has previously participated as a tutor and instructor on a number of multi artform ‘On The Edge’ projects.

Stuart Barker Trustee

‘Stuart Barker is a 2014 graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire, where he studied bass/double bass for a BMus Hons in Jazz. Prior to this he studied under John Summerfield in the classical discipline achieving his grade 8 in 5 years. He has played at Ronnie Scott’s, 606 club, Southbank, The Vortex and many more leading venue in the UK and across the world. Stuart became know to ‘On The Edge’ when he was a student, and has participated as both a performer and tutor on a number of ‘On The Edge’ projects.

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. Prior to Matthew’s appointment to the board he participated in many ‘On The Edge’ projects and community performances.

Previous Trustees

Cllr James McKay    Hon. Secretary

Jeffer Kyle                Junior Trustee

Amran Ellahi            Trustee (advisory)

Rachel Adams         Trustee

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