Simon has been a director of the charity for more than a decade and company secretary since 2014. A former cathedral chorister, Simon has had a long career in music education: co-founder of awarding organisation RSL Awards which won a Queen’s Award for Exports in 2018, course director of the BA Commercial Music Degree at Westminster University and former CEO of the South West Music School, a centre of advanced training, part of the DfE backed Music and Dance Scheme. Simon continues to play guitar as inexpertly as ever.
Geoff began his accountancy career as a trainee with one of the “Big 5” firms of chartered accountants, moving to other national practices before setting up two independent accountancy practices of his own. These were later sold, enabling him to take early retirement in 2018. He now spends his time on charitable activities, particularly as Finance Director of Music for All, and says “financial management of the charity is vitally important, and to this end we have robust systems in place to ensure that our finances are properly looked after, and can be applied to the beneficiaries of the charity to the maximum amount possible.” Geoff is also involved with his local Citizens Advice Bureau, and in his spare time he plays saxophone, and has recently taken up golf.
Ian became a trustee of Music for All in 2018. With a business and marketing degree he has worked in the musical instrument industry for over 20 years, currently as Marketing Director of Sound Technology Ltd. A self-taught musician and music technology enthusiast, Ian has played in a number of bands and composes soundtracks for a local theatre company, including scores for performances of ‘Nicholas Nickleby’ and ‘Alice’ at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall.
Jill has recent returned to the charity as a Trustee after being a member of the team that relaunched Music for All in 2006. She has an extensive marketing career including being Head of Marketing at an international law firm, developing new products for The Body Shop and running communication campaigns for the MIA. She also trained as a dancer at a London school in 1980’s and enjoys singing and outdoor sports such as skiing, horse-riding and swimming.
Simon is a communications technologist. He is Director of Emerging and Online Technology for Ofcom, and a Visiting Professor at King’s College London. As a trustee of Music for All he gathers research on the life-changing, wellbeing-enhancing impact of making music. He also advises on Music for All’s work with technology, automating the grant application process and organising Music for All’s World’s First 5G Music Lesson. Simon has been playing guitar for an embarrassingly large number of years, but at the encouragement of Music for All is now proud to call himself a guitarist.
Hayley is the Charity Administrator of Music for All and oversees the day to day running of the charity, managing the general communications with grant recipients, donors, general public and charity members. She also manages our social media communications and works with the Trustees on campaigns to promote the work of the charity. She also oversees the charity website and handles any general enquiries.
Hayley also manages the charity’s database ensuring all information is stored and managed in an appropriate manner, in accordance with privacy regulations. Hayley really enjoys hearing from grant recipients about how Music for All has supported their music making and the impact it has had on their lives. She is interested in reading, music and art.