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. 


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
Anne Skeggs
Professor Malcolm Troup
Benjamin Zander


Chairman - Philip Wilson

Philip Wilson was Marketing and Communications Director of the Fibres Division of ICI.  He then joined the voluntary sector and became Fundraising and Marketing Director of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.  He moved on to be Development and Marketing Director of Sargent Cancer Care for Children and then joined The Prostate Cancer Charity as Fundraising and Communications Director.  He was subsequently Director of Development at the British Science Association.  He is Chair of Trustees of Bag Books, a charity which provides multi-sensory stories for children and adults with profound multiple learning difficulties.  He is also a Trustee of the Tibet Relief Fund and of the Dystonia Society.

Treasurer - Peter Parker

A Church Commissioner 2003 - 2011; a trustee of three Pension Funds and of five other charities (with military, musical and educational connections).

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 Regional Liaison for Europe.

Professor Helen Odell-Miller 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.