Christine Speer joined the NYCGB Board following her time as a Trustee with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras. Previously she was on the Board of the Museum of East Asian Art (Bath), supporting the management in promoting one of the UK’s most extensive collections of East Asian art.

She started her career in advertising in Canada and then joined KPMG, first as Practice Development Manager in the Toronto national office, and then as International Marketing Manager with KPMG International Headquarters in Amsterdam. She came to the UK when her husband retired, and started her own business, Experience Counts, providing executive expertise to small businesses through a select group of retired business people with international experience. During this time, she was invited to join the SME Council of the CBI promoting the needs of small businesses, and was asked to become a Fellow of the RSA. She also lived part-time in France for several years.

She has enjoyed a life-long enthusiasm for music, primarily in singing (choral and opera) but also orchestral. She has supported specific music organisations, such as the Academy of the Begijnhof in Amsterdam, the Bath International Music Festival, and others. Having recognised the life-long benefits to be gained as a trained singer, whether professional or amateur, she was particularly interested in the NYCGB because it offers a unique experience for young people that can be used as a future foundation not only within the world of music, but also in many other disciplines.

Christine paints, writes, and studies the history of textiles as hobbies, and enjoys the performing arts and exhibitions. She is a keen skier and swimmer. With great forbearance she is also involved with a number of community initiatives in her local area.