David joined the charity as a trustee in 2011, becoming chair of trustees 5 years later. Music has been a huge part of his life, playing piano and ‘cello from an early age before studying music at The City University, London. Since then he has worked within the musical instrument distribution sector, first for Roland and subsequently for Sound Technology where he is now managing 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 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 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.
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.
As Chief Executive of the charity, Paul has been involved since it was relaunched in 2006. A passionate musician with nearly 20 years’ experience of working in the musical instrument industry, he simply wants everyone to have access to the wonderful world of music making. He coordinates all the activities of the charity including fundraising, grants and communications. His background prior to the music industry included working for Marks and Spencer and John Lewis in Store Management, HR Management and buying capacities. Outside of work, no surprise, Paul plays in a number of rock and pop bands!
Alice Monk is the General Manager of Music for All. She manages the day-to-day running of the Charity, working closely with the trustees, to ensure smooth, robust and transparent management of all Music for All activities. This includes supervision of staff and volunteers, administration of grant applications, and management of fundraising campaigns. Alice is also the project manager of Music for All’s flagship event, Learn to Play Day. Alice is a beginner musician, learning to play the guitar. She loves to sing and dance, and enjoys musical theatre.
Hayley works with Alice in supporting the charity’s events and the day to day running of the charity. She manages the social media platforms and general communications with grant recipients, the general public and charity members.
Hayley is also responsible for the management of the charity’s database and ensuring all information is managed responsibly and in accordance with data privacy regulations. Hayley is interested in reading, music and art.