Ashleigh has worked in both the education and business sectors as a project manager and consultant for over 12 years. She has spent the last 5 years in the Higher Education sector working on the development and deployment of programmes that facilitate engagement between educational and corporate entities. Ashleigh has always had a passion for music and has played the violin and piano in a variety of orchestras, bands and music ensembles over the last 20 years. As such, working with the Music Project has enabled her to bring together her passion for music and her skills in management. Her role as director involves coordinating partner collaboration between care homes, day centres, community groups and primary education bodies, and managing the charity's external relationships.
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Anita has a strong track record in communications for the creative and hospitality industries. From her early experience in Paris promoting musicians, entertainers and designers, Anita’s strengths lie in communicating creativity to both B2B and B2C audiences. As well as founding and running a specialist PR company she has worked in-house and has enjoyed helping some of the most influential companies spanning design, architecture, luxury hotels and interior products on their Marketing, PR and Communications. She has personal experience of the positive impact music can make to disadvantaged groups including critically ill children and people with severe learning difficulties. This combined with her belief in increasing understanding, tolerance and social inclusion through education at an early age has brought her to The Music Project, because of its many benefits to participants, and the inspirational and practical way it offers to effect change.
Anita is an experienced business manager, having studied an MA(hons) Business Studies at the University of Edinburgh and graduate training as a Management Consultant with CapGemini in London and Paris. Early in her career she discovered a passion for working with start-ups and SMEs, after working with fashion designers and independent retailers. She currently co-owns a successful professional services company and also offers coaching and consultancy to small business owners, with a speciality in financial forecasting and business plans. Following a tough few years in her personal life, she is now determined to use her skills to work with community-building organisations. Helping to build communities across the generations for The Music Project particularly resonates with her.
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Emily has been a trustee of The Music Project almost since the charity's inception. Outside of supporting the charity, she works in Operations for an independent school company. She is mum to a teenage son and values the friendships she made through music and movement sessions when he was a toddler.
Amy-Kathleen (Kat), started her career by setting up her own media company, specialising in photography and web design. After a number of successful years, she wound up her company to transition into the voluntary sector, and has never looked back. In 2003 Kat started working for St Mungo’s in a homelessness hostel and quickly progressed to the role of Senior Project Worker. Since then, Kat has held various roles predominantly in women’s organisations until joining Missing People in 2011, where she is currently the Senior Publicity and Casework Manager in the charities’ Services Team. Having personal experience of a loved one with dementia - and remembering the joy she shared with her nanna whenever music was involved - Kat feels privileged to be able to help bring that to others through The Music Project.
Pedro Douglass-Kirk is a multi-instrumentalist undertaking a PhD researching musical aids for stroke rehabilitation, having previously achieved a First in MSc Music Mind and Brain at Goldsmiths University of London. He has worked within a highly interdisciplinary group between the Psychology and Computing Departments at Goldsmiths and health experts from the National Hospital at Queen Square London developing and evaluating digital musical approaches for stroke rehabilitation. The project received international recognition by being awarded first prize in the student research competition at the CHI human-computer interaction (HCI) conference in Seoul, Korea. Pedro has experience working alongside charities and health experts who specialise in helping neurological patients and children with hemiplegia in workshops leading to shared performances around the UK. The Music Project opens up a new chapter for Pedro where he can bring psychological and musical expertise to the project.
A long-term student of policy, politics and economics, Stefan has a range of experience across the third sector, research and marketing. A keen musician of over a decade, working for an organisation such as the Music Project unites his twin interests in social change and the creative arts. Stefan manages the media side of the organisation, building and maintaining the website, managing all marketing processes, and writing articles for our blog.