Becky Hickmore, who was personal assistant to Paul Daniel when he was music director of English National Opera, has been tragically killed with her three year-old daughter, Milly, when her family car came off the M4 motorway and hit a tree.
Becky’s husband, John Taylor, and their elder daughter, Abby, escaped serious injury.
Becky, who was 37, had worked at ENO from June 2004 to February 2007. A friendly and popular member of the company during stressful times, she went on to set up her own executive services firm.
Our shocked condolences to Becky’s family.