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  • Donagh Collins

    Chief Executive donagh.collins@askonasholt.co.uk
    +44 (0)20 7400 1718
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  • Donagh Collins

    Chief Executive

    Born in Dublin in 1974, Donagh moved to London in 1999 to work at Askonas Holt, starting as an Administrator in our Tours & Projects Department and subsequently managed that department. Donagh joined Askonas Holt’s Board of Directors in 2007, and took over as Chief Executive in 2014.

    Donagh studied piano and cello at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and subsequently studied Mechanical Engineering at University College Dublin. A passionate advocate of youth orchestras, Donagh was in turn a member, manager and director of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, and is currently a Trustee of the NYOGB. He is married, with two lovely daughters.

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  • Mark Hildrew

    Executive Director mark.hildrew@askonasholt.co.uk
    +44 (0)20 7400 1730
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  • Mark Hildrew

    Executive Director

    Mark joined Lies Askonas as a Director in May 1994, becoming a Director of Askonas Holt in December 1998, and succeeding to Executive Director in January 2014. Born in Cambridge and educated at Kings College, University of London BMus and AKC, Mark has been working as an artist manager since 1984. He has managed many major artists including Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Maxim Vengerov, Boris Berezovsky, Frans Brüggen, Angela Gheorghiu, Elīna Garanča, and for more than 25 years has had a very close collaboration with artists from the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus and the Republics of Armenia and Georgia. Mark enjoys time in Italy in the sun with good food and wine.

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  • Gaetan Le Divelec

    Director gaetan.ledivelec@askonasholt.co.uk
    +44 (0)20 7400 1741
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  • Gaetan Le Divelec

    Director

    Gaetan was born in Nantes, France, and has lived in London since 1986. In 1991, he graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and went on to Canada for a 6-months residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Until joining Askonas Holt in 1999, he worked in London as a freelance oboist. In 2011, he was awarded an ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music) for his services to music. He currently serves as trustee of the Young Classical Artist Trust and director of the International Artist Manager’s Association. Gaetan’s hobbies include theatre, cycling and mountain hiking.

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  • Sue Spence

    Director sue.spence@askonasholt.co.uk
    +44 (0)20 7400 1713
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  • Sue Spence

    Director

    Born in Cardiff, Sue studied piano at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and graduated with an MA in music from Jesus College, Oxford. She began her career in Germany, working as an au pair, ballet pianist and teacher. On returning to the UK she worked in the concerts department at the Philharmonia Orchestra and as A&R Manager at BMG Classics before joining Lies Askonas as an Artist Manager for singers in 1996. She began managing conductors following the merger of the company in 1998. She has two young children and enjoys Evensong, Netflix and holidays in Wales.