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Trustees & Office Team

Trustees & Office Team

Tony Followell - Chair of Trustees

Tony joined Music for All as Chair of Trustees on 1 May 2021. With over 30 years of music experience, he was a senior BBC TV producer and director across some of its most prestigious music events including Live 8Cardiff Singer of the WorldProms and T in the Park. His directing credits include The Charlie Parker Story and Scotland’s Music. He subsequently joined the Royal Opera House as Head of Media and most recently became Head of Broadcast & Distribution. Tony built the successful ROH Live Cinema season and the Opus Arte label, founded World Ballet Day and developed major platform and broadcast partnerships around the world. Tony is also a Board Trustee for Music Theatre Wales. He trained in French Horn, conducting and keyboards and studied Music at City, University of London.

Geoff Booth - Finance Director

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 Cullen - Trustee

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 Shevlin - Trustee

Jill joined the charity in 2019 after being a member of the team who 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.

Ros Kellaway - Trustee

Ros Kellaway is a Partner at law firm Eversheds Sutherland, recognised as a leading individual in Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession. Ros has been a trustee of Music for All since its relaunch in 2006.

Simon Saunders - Trustee

Simon is a communications technologist. He is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London and has worked for the likes of Ofcom. 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.

Ishani O'Connor - Trustee

With a substantial career in the arts and media including working with the Chineke! Foundation and Dulwich Symphony Orchestra, Ishani brings her knowledge of music education, creative learning, outreach programmes and arts administration to the Board. As the Learning and Participation Manager for the Chineke! Foundation, she worked with Europe’s first majority Black and ethnically diverse professional and youth orchestras. She managed the Chineke! Junior Orchestra, nurturing diverse young talent and showcasing them on the world’s greatest stages and also took Chineke! professional musicians into schools, leading workshops in creative composition and performance through participatory concerts across the UK. Ishani joined London Youth Choirs in the newly created, strategic role of Head of Engagement in May 2022. She is responsible for the growth and development of LYC Experience, an initiative that reaches out to the localities of new choirs and reinstates music as a valuable part of the community.

Lynn Ladbrook - Trustee

Lynn has worked in the charity and public sector for over 25 years, working for organisations such as WWF, the National Trust and the Royal College of Nursing and most recently as Chief Executive of Breast Cancer UK and the Cavernoma Alliance.  She is currently Chief Executive of the Primary Care Respiratory Society.  Through this experience she has established a strong reputation for her strategic and planning skills as well as her ability to establish productive partnerships with funders, research colleagues and corporate supporters.

Alongside her career Lynn is also a keen musician playing the piano and clarinet.  She is very aware of the challenges facing young people when learning an instrument.   Her daughter plays a wide variety of instruments, and Lynn appreciates the benefits of attending additional musical experiences such as holiday orchestras.

Faye McGuinness - Trustee

Faye is an experienced fundraiser who currently works as Director of Programmes for Education Support, a charity focused on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of the education workforce.  She has spent the past 15 years working for charities with a particular focus on mental health, wellbeing and education. Her most recent experience includes working for the national mental health charity Mind, developing and delivering largescale programmes such as the Blue Light Programme and Mental Health at Work Programme. These multi-million programmes were delivered alongside a wide range of strategic partners, such as the Royal Foundation.

Through her own experience of delivering programmes that support good mental health she has seen first-hand the vital role music making can play in maintaining wellbeing and supporting recovery programmes.

Hayley Mills - Charity Administrator

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.

Wallis Leahy - Donations and Fundraising Coordinator

Wallis joined Music for All in 2021 to help deliver Learn to Play ’21 and is continuing to support the charity within Donations and Fundraising. With over eight years experience in delivering multifaceted education and community music programmes, Wallis is driven to promote the undeniable power of music to benefit health, happiness and well-being, through widening opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to engage in high quality musical experiences.

As a freelancer she is proud to work with a variety of music charities, whilst enjoying singing in a community choir, mentoring, and regular trips to the seaside in her spare time.

Joe MacGregor - Learn to Play '22 assistant

Joe joined Music For All in 2022 as an administrator to assist with the Learn to Play ’22 event. With over 10 years of experience in the live music industry, Joe has built up the necessary experience and contacts to deliver valuable assistance to the charity on a project basis. Joe is passionate about giving everyone a platform to play music, no matter their background, and is committed to promoting the health and social benefits that music gives. As a freelancer, Joe is extremely happy to be working with a renowned music charity close to his heart and enjoys running concerts in Glasgow, managing the metal band Saor, and traveling where possible. He is a cat lover, his favourite food is pizza, and enjoys watching football and playing video games outside of music involvement.