Meet the Team

Julia Munn, Head of THAMES (Interim) 

Julia Munn’s career in music has combined professional performance activities as a clarinettist and saxophonist with work in music education.

She played for several contemporary music groups, touring extensively in the UK, Europe and China and recording for BBC Radio 3 and television. She has played various onstage musical roles for dance and theatre, including several seasons at the Royal National Theatre.

Julia started teaching clarinet for the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA), working in schools across London and leading on special projects to develop group instrumental teaching. She has also been a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Education. She first began working in Tower Hamlets in 1993.

Jak Berry, Instrumental Manager

Jak is a Manager of Instrumental and Vocal Music at THAMES. As well as working with schools to develop their curriculum and instrumental offer to pupils, Jak leads the borough’s Saturday Music Centre and Youth Orchestra programmes. Jak studied flute at Trinity College of Music before working at THAMES and has a broad range of musical interests having performed concertos with orchestras (Ibert’s Flute Concerto, Honegger’s Concerto da Camera) to live BBC Radio 1 sessions at Maida Vale.

Outside of his work with THAMES, Jak is also a trustee of LEAN (Lewisham Education Arts Network), a membership organisation and charity that champions arts education in Lewisham fostering high quality creative opportunities for children and young people.  

Iain Wilson, Instrumental Manager

Iain’s role with THAMES involves working directly with staff and schools to shape their music curriculum offer and the delivery of instrumental/vocal provision. In addition he  leads the borough’s Wednesday Music Centre and junior strings programme. Before joining THAMES, Iain studied violin at Trinity College of Music and went on to attain a PCGE in Music Education working as a secondary music teacher and subject leader in Waltham Forest. Iain has a wide range of musical interests and experience, having recorded and performed with various artists and ensembles at notable events such as Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and Iceland Airwaves festivals, London Fashion Week, Maida Vale Studios, the Roundhouse and Royal Albert Hall.  

Alison Porter, Projects Manager (Music Education)

Alison is a creative producer & project manager working across the cultural and education sectors with expertise in creative producing, partnership and project development, strategic planning and funding. Alison has worked with arts charities, music education hubs, festivals, music ensembles and producing companies.

At THAMES, Alison manages partnerships with a diverse range of music organisations, oversees music projects in schools and coordinates the singing strategy. Alongside working for THAMES, Alison has a busy freelance career and is currently working for Sound Connections, English Heritage and Make Music Day UK. She is also a singer and currently sings with London-based vocal collective SOUND.

Becca Linton, Projects Manager (Cross Arts)

Becca manages the provision of cross arts projects taking place in Tower Hamlets schools and with young people. Specifically brokering relationships and overseeing projects delivered by cultural partners in Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, Media and Film.

Becca started her career in Liverpool working on community art programmes alongside FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). Following this, she gained extensive experience in orchestral education working for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and then the London Symphony Orchestra. More recently, in her freelance capacity, she has produced exhibitions and music projects for the Wellcome Collection, Manchester International Festival and BBC Worldwide.