Our People

The Music Therapy Charity was presided over for more than 20 years by the late Lord Menuhin, OM KBE and by Sir Neville Marriner from 2000 until October 2016. Past Vice Presidents include the Nobel Laureate, Sir James Black, and conductor Sir Charles Mackerras. 

PRESIDENT

Nicola Benedetti MBE

VICE-PRESIDENTS

Sir Thomas Allen CBE 
Richard Baker OBE RD 
Simon Callow CBE 
Richard Crewdson
Julius Drake
Roy Van Gelder
Dame Beryl Grey DBE
Brian Kay
John Lubbock OBE
Penny Neary
Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne 
André Previn KBE
Anne Skeggs
Professor Malcolm Troup
Benjamin Zander

GOVERNORS

Chairman - Michael Thorne                                                                                                                 

Retired recently as Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, a post which he took up in 2007. He has a first class honours degree in pure mathematics from the University of London and a PhD in pure mathematics from the University of Birmingham. The author, co-author and editor of several books and a large number of academic papers, he has also appeared on radio and TV in series about computers. He has been a member of a number of government committees, most recently chairing the Advisory Committee on Libraries. He has also been chair of LEAD (Linking Education and Disability) Scotland - at the time one of the largest educational charities in Scotland. Currently he is Deputy Treasurer (that is, vice chair) of the Sir John Cass Foundation, an education grant giving charity based in the East of London. 

Right from the beginning of his academic career Michael Thorne played and taught the bassoon. In the 1980s he conducted the Cardiff Chamber Orchestra and the City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra as well as playing in the Spinosus Wind Quintet. In the 1990s he conducted the New Tyneside Orchestra and the Tynedale Symphony Orchestra. Since 1992 he has conducted what is now the Ellesmere Orchestral Society’s residential course where he explores the modern symphonic repertoire and in the last few years has performed Rautavaara’s Symphony No.8, Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra and Messaien’s Turangalila Symphony with them. Between 2001 and 2013 he conducted a Wagner opera a year with the Edinburgh Players Opera group, including two complete Ring Cycles, Tristan und Isolde (twice), Parsifal (twice) and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg followed by Der Rosenkavalier in 2014, Die Frau Ohne Schatten in 2015 and Tannhauser in 2016. For the Saffron Opera Group he has conducted Die Meistersinger (2014), Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress (2015), Das Rheingold (2016) and Siegfried(2017) to critical acclaim (‘sure-footed conducting …meticulous preparation’ Guardian). He also conducts a professional orchestra, the Cyprus Sinfonia.

Lady Caroline Borg ACRCM

Lady Caroline Borg is a musician and teacher who founded the innovative Music for the Young classes in London in 1983. She has been involved in a variety of charitable organisations including Coram, the Foundling Museum and Trust in Children. Her wide ranging experience is invaluable to the development of the MTC.

Professor Ian Cross

Ian Cross teaches in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge, where he is Professor and Director of the Centre for Music and Science, leading a lively group of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in exploring music, its materials and its effects from a wide range of scientific perspectives.  His early research helped set the agenda for the study of music cognition;  he has since published widely in the field of music and science, from the psychoacoustics of violins to the evolutionary roots of musicality. His current research focuses on exploring relationships between speech and music as interactive media. He is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, a classical guitarist, and a Trustee of SEMPRE, the Society for Research in Psychology of Music and Music Education.

Dominic Delaforce

Dominic Delaforce is Head of UK Pension Funds at Aberdeen Asset Management and has worked his entire career in the investment management business. Dominic has been a Governor of the Music Therapy Charity since 2003 and is also a Liveryman and Member of the Investment Committee at the Worshipful Company of Vintners.

Pauline Etkin OBE, Music Therapist, PG Diploma in Early Education 

Pauline Etkin was a teacher and head of music at a Teacher Training College in South Africa. As a music therapist, she worked primarily with children at the Nordoff Robbins charity (NR) and she developed and led the Masters Degree programme. She was CEO for 21 of her 30 years at NR, retiring in 2013. She has experience as an external examiner, supervisor of music therapists and is currently President of NR International. Pauline was involved in the Registration of Arts Therapies with the CPSM (now the Health and Care Professions Council) and is an ongoing partner for the HCPC, assisting with Registration and Education matters. She is a Trustee of the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT) and currently Chairs the BAMT Training and Education Committee. She was awarded an OBE in December 2012 for services to music therapy and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BAMT.

Angela Harrison

Angela Harrison is a music therapist, viola player and speaker. Before qualifying as a therapist in 1995 she played with the Halle Orchestra and for three years represented the players at Board level. Angela runs the North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre, a charity and her role includes fundraising, marketing and service development. Her clinical interest lies in communication and attachment difficulties. Angela has presented her work at international conferences, contributed to two recent publications and is visiting lecturer at three universities. She was Chair of the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT) until November 2012 and is on the Council of the World Federation of Music Therapy as Commissioner for Public Relations.

Professor Helen Odell-Miller OBE, PhD, M Phil Music Therapy, BA, LGSM, Registered Music Therapist

Professor Helen Odell-Miller is Director and Founder of The Music for Health Research Centre, and Professor of Music Therapy at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. She holds an honorary contract as a music therapist and researcher at Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust, where she works with adults with mental health problems. She has extensive experience as a researcher and has lectured and given papers all over the world. She has led the development of the profession in the NHS, and in university environment, and is currently an elected member of the National Clinical Academic Careers Development Group for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professions. Professor Odell-Miller's research interests are in mental health and music therapy, psychoanalysis and music therapy and supervision. She is author and editor of many publications including in 2009 Supervision of Music Therapy, Odell-Miller H and Richards, E and in 2013 Forensic Music Therapy Compton Dickinson, Adlam and Odell-Miller.

Anne Katharine Thomson MB BS MRCP DCH

Dr. Kate Thomson is a former Principal in General Practice with extensive experience in the care of children.  She has had a life-long interest in music and two of her children are professional musicians. She has been a school governor and recently at Charterhouse, where her husband was Master, has had first-hand knowledge of a working charity, of which music was an aspect.

Valerie Vickery

Valerie Vickery has been involved with the charity for several years primarily co-creating and running events to raise funds.  Prior to this she worked within two London universities; firstly at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and then King’s College, London.  Prior to that her experience was within the commercial sector working for British Petroleum.

Susan Waldman

Sue Waldman is currently a trustee of the Development Trust of the European Union Baroque Orchestra, is involved with the Temple Music Foundation and Temple Church and is on the advisory board of St. John the Evangelist (SJE Arts), Oxford's newest concert hall and arts venue. She was previously Custodian of the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. Responsible for the day to day running of the Ceremonial Hall of the University of Oxford, Christopher Wren's first major work, a historic building and the major concert venue in Oxford. She was on the committee of the Churchill Memorial Concerts held annually at Blenheim Palace in aid of the Music Therapy Charity.

RESEARCH COMMITTEE

The Research Committee:

1.  is a sub-committee of the Board of Governors of the MTC and reports to this Board at their meetings.

2.  advises the Board on all Research matters.

3.  is chaired by a member elected from the Board.

4.  has two other Board members.

5. has also the Chairman and Treasurer of the MTC as ex officio members.

6.  has power to co-opt others (eg heads of MT schools) for consultation.

7.  selects, and monitors the progress of, the Research Fellow(s).

8.  vets, prioritises and ranks all research funding applications, including small grants within the annual budget (currently £15,000) and larger projects which will be supported by separate fundraising.

9. aims to be available for consultation with schools and individuals.

10.  aims to promote and support evidence-based research, education and practice.

11.  draws up transparent policies for the support and assessment of research.

12.  is funded by the Board for its running expenses.

Chairman - Professor Ian Cross

Ian Cross teaches in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge, where he is Professor and Director of the Centre for Music and Science, leading a lively group of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in exploring music, its materials and its effects from a wide range of scientific perspectives.  His early research helped set the agenda for the study of music cognition;  he has since published widely in the field of music and science, from the psychoacoustics of violins to the evolutionary roots of musicality. His current research focuses on exploring relationships between speech and music as interactive media. He is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, a classical guitarist, and a Trustee of SEMPRE, the Society for Research in Psychology of Music and Music Education.  Ian Cross is also a Governor of the Music Therapy Charity.

Dr Catherine Carr

Catherine is a music therapist and researcher at Queen Mary, University of London and East London NHS Foundation Trust.  Her research spans intervention development, processes and randomised controlled trials of music therapy in mental health.  Previously a Governor of the Music Therapy Charity, Catherine has served as a Trustee for the British Association for Music Therapy and she is lecturer and supervisor for students on the MA in Music Therapy at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Dr Rachel Darnley-Smith

Rachel Darnley-Smith is a senior lecturer in music therapy at the University of Roehampton and a registered practitioner with the Health Care Professions Council.  She has held teaching posts at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Durham University where she received her PhD for a study of aesthetics in the music of music therapy, funded by an AHRC award.  Rachel has worked concurrently for many years in clinical practice with adults, mostly in NHS mental health settings.  She is co-author (with Helen M. Patey) of the widely translated introductory text, 'Music Therapy' (Sage 2003).  Her recent chapter 'The Role of Ontology in Music Therapy' appeared in The Music in Music Therapy, (Eds. De Backer and Sutton, JKP 2014).  Forthcoming publications in 2018 include 'Jung and the Transcendent Function in Music Therapy' in Music - Psychoanalysis - Musicology, ed. Samuel Wilson, Routledge and Psychodynamic Perspectives and the Care of People With Dementia (with Sandra Evans and Jane Garner), Routledge.

Dr Carol Gregory

Carol Gregory worked until recently as  a Consultant Old age Psychiatrist both in the NHS and in Australia. She has also trained as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, Cognitive Analytic Therapist and more recently in EMDR. She now works both in the NHS and in private practice as a therapist and supervisor.

Over the years she has played an active role in the teaching of psychiatrists in training and of other professional staff - including music therapy students at Anglia Ruskin University in  Cambridge. She has undertaken research in the fields of dementia, particularly fronto-temporal dementia and schizophrenia. 

Professor Helen Odell-Miller OBE, PhD, M Phil Music Therapy, BA, LGSM, Registered Music Therapist

Professor Helen Odell-Miller is Director and Founder of The Music for Health Research Centre, and Professor of Music Therapy at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. She holds an honorary contract as a music therapist and researcher at Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust, where she works with adults with mental health problems. She has extensive experience as a researcher and has lectured and given papers all over the world. She has led the development of the profession in the NHS, and in university environment, and is currently an elected member of the National Clinical Academic Careers Development Group for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professions. Professor Odell-Miller's research interests are in mental health and music therapy, psychoanalysis and music therapy and supervision. She is author and editor of many publications including in 2009 Supervision of Music Therapy, Odell-Miller H and Richards, E and in 2013 Forensic Music Therapy Compton Dickinson, Adlam and Odell-Miller. Professor Helen Odell-Miller is also a Governor of the Music Therapy Charity.

Dr Neta Spiro

Dr Neta Spiro is Head of Research at Nordoff Robbins where she leads a team of researchers with a variety of backgrounds exploring music therapy in its different contexts.  She is also a member of the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge where she teaches topics in music psychology and music in health.  Two main questions underlie her research: What is the nature of interaction in music and what is the potential role of music in peoples' health and wellbeing?  In terms of exploring the nature of interaction in music, in current projects she is exploring what is shared and what is not shared in interpretations of what happened during music.  In terms of music in health, projects include exploration of the features that may help characterise musical interaction and their relationship with perceived outcome.

Michael Thorne (ex officio member - Chairman of the Board of Governors)