Our team

Founded by Nigel Brown OBE, Libby Percival and John Willan in August 2012, the team at Percius offers superb international contacts. In forging Percius, they bring together their skills in what will be a new vision for the arts world: a fast moving, effective and streamlined organisation equipped to deal with diverse projects and artists either for general management, project management or consultancy. We hope our straightforward, honest approach and skill-sets will complement those of our clients, inspiring confidence and creativity.

Nigel Brown OBE - Partner

Nigel BrownFounder of the financial services and investment management company, NWBrown Group Ltd in 1974, Nigel is a partner in the IQ Capital VC fund, a hi-tech early stage venture fund. Nigel continues to help string players with their instruments and bows through the syndicated trust schemes he pioneered over 25 years ago; he also uses his own trust, the Stradivari Trust to help with concerts and recordings. Nigel holds an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from the Anglia Ruskin University, he was given an Individual Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2007 and was made OBE in 2008. He was High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire 2010-2011, is an Honorary Fellow of Hughes Hall College, Cambridge, and is an honorary member of the Royal Society of Musicians. Nigel is Chair of the Cambridge Citizens Advice Bureau, Chair of the Helimedix service MAGPAS and is a Governor of Anglia Ruskin University.

Libby Percival - Partner

Libby PercivalLibby is managing partner for Percius, creating and overseeing cutting-edge projects for its artists including sponsorship and recording projects. Libby was until July 2012 Senior Artist and Events Manager at Hazard Chase Ltd. After training as a violinist and soprano, Libby graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Music before working with The King’s Consort and Robert King from 1999. She joined Hazard Chase as an Artist Manager in 2002 managing a diverse range of artists including long-term collaborations with The Tallis Scholars, Robert Hollingworth and I Fagiolini, the Escher String Quartet, Endellion String Quartet and pianist Noriko Ogawa: she started the vocal series Choral at Cadogan. Libby is a founding partner in Percius with Nigel Brown OBE and John Willan FRAM, she is a trustee and director of Cambridge Early Music.

John Willan FCA - Partner

John WillanA fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, John began his music career as a producer at EMI working with high profile artists such as Tennstedt, Muti, Rattle (producing his first record), Eschenbach, Munrow, Ozawa, Sawallisch, Jochum, Gavrilov and Kremer before being appointed Managing Director of the LPO where amongst other achievements he secured the first ever orchestral residency at the Royal Festival Hall. John then joined BBC Worldwide to build a music business, BBC Music, which by the time he left was turning over £6.5 million. Chairman of Hazard Chase for 11 years until August 2011 and of IAMA for seven years until December 2012, John is a Governor and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music where he serves as chair of the Audit Committee, is a Professor at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School, a tutor at BPP and consults on various other projects.

Laura Baker - Senior Artist Manager

Laura BakerLaura is a Senior Artist Manager at Percius, she joined the company after eight years at Askonas Holt where she managed an international roster of conductors. Prior to this Laura worked in the Music Department of Oxford University Press managing the promotion and commissions for several celebrated composers. Laura holds a Music Degree from the University of Cambridge and in her spare time she loves singing, cycling and exploring the Basque country.

Desiree Ayton - Associate

Desiree AytonDesireé began learning music at the age of eight with guitar lessons, continuing with piano and violin in her teenage years. In 2008 Desireé graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Music Business from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. During her studies she interned for artist management company RLM/Mission Management, and recording company Equity Music Group. In 2011 she received her Masters of Science, Entertainment Business from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida and in 2013 joined the music licensing department at SESAC, a performing rights organisation in Nashville.

Annie Barton - Associate

Annie BartonOriginally a linguist and choral singer, Annie graduated with an MA in literary translation (including opera translation) before starting out on her music management career at Hazard Chase Ltd, where she served as Assistant Artist Manager to more than 20 singers, including James Gilchrist, Christopher Purves, and Joanne Lunn. She speaks French, Italian and Czech, as well as her native English, and has travelled extensively. Annie now lives in Prague, where she combines her work as a translator with international project work and music management. She is delighted to be working with Percius on the development of their future projects.

Rachel Haworth - Assistant

Rachel HaworthAfter studying organ and piano at the Junior Department of the Royal Northern College of Music, Rachel went on to become Organ Scholar at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where she also studied English. After graduating in 2015 Rachel spent a year as Assistant Organist at Sidney Sussex before going on to work with Graham Ross and John Rutter as the Choir Administrator of Clare College Choir, Cambridge. As a freelance accompanist and soprano in her spare time, Rachel has recorded under the Naxos, Resonus Classics, Harmonia Mundi and The Gift of Music record labels. Alongside her new role at Percius, Rachel teaches organ and piano at The Leys School in Cambridge and plays the organ at St Andrew’s Church, Cherry Hinton.

Jessica Kinney - Assistant

Jessica KinneyFollowing undergraduate study in the UK and New Zealand, Jessica recently graduated from the MMus degree programme at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she sang in the college’s world-renowned chapel choir. Prior to her role at Percius, Jessica worked within the Student Recruitment and Digital Engagement teams at Royal Holloway, assisting with event co-ordination alongside her postgraduate studies. As a professional soprano, she has also worked as Lay Clerk for Graham Ross and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and as Choral Scholar at the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. She now sings under the direction of Stephen Layton with the Choir of Trinity College, and appears regularly in performances as a freelance soloist and consort singer in Cambridge and London.