Trustees


PAUL COURTNEY - VICE CHAIR OF TRUSTEES.  Director, Chair of Institute of Fundraising South West, Development Director Farms for City Children.

 

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What do you do for PMZ?
I have just been elected the Vice Chair on the trustee board having spent the last few years helping to support the development of fundraising for the charity. I am excited to be getting stuck in as much as I can to ensure we can leverage as much support as possible for the life-transforming work that takes place through music at PMZ!

Do you play any instruments?
In my humble opinion I wouldn't really describe myself as a musician (having never had a music lesson in my life!) but I spent many years 'treading the boards'  in musical theatre and have been a worship leader in churches for some 20 years. I play piano and synth, sing (a lot!) and am teaching myself to play the guitar (bar chords are hard!).

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?
I think I would have to say a saxophone - I've always loved the sound it makes and the soulful, moody melodies that can pour out and telling a story through the tunes. 

What has music done for you in your life?
As a performer I have always loved music and singing and I am passionate about the transformational power of music. I spent several years touring with musical theatre companies working in some of the toughest areas of the country and was privileged to witness the power of music and the arts in facilitating change; gifting a sense of self-worth and helping empower children and young people to work together and value one another. I believe that music is the most powerful of tools in bringing people together, offering shared experiences and building relationships that have life-long results.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
The team at PMZ are nothing short of inspirational - I have watched in awe at music leaders working with young people, disabled children and adults, old folks in care homes and many more groups. Their skill, their compassion and the joy that they impart through music is nothing short of magic. It is often said that one's life is made up of, and indeed enriched by 'moments' and I can honestly say that some of the most precious moments that I have witnessed have during some of the times I have had the honour of being part of in the work of PMZ.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
Now this is embarrassing! The first single I ever bought was 'Cotton Eyed Joe' and if you thought it couldn't get any worse the first album I bought (or should I say was bought for me by my Grandma for my 13th birthday) was 'Take That and Party'!!!!!

 


PROFESSOR NORMA DAYKIN - Professor, Centre for Arts as Wellbeing, University of Winchester.  Professor of Arts in Health, University of the West of England

 

MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?
I have recently joined PMZ as a Trustee. I am a musician and researcher specialising in the role of arts and music in supporting health and wellbeing. I have researched and written about the impacts of music in a variety of settings including GP surgeries, hospitals, communities and prisons, working with participants of all ages. I am based at the University of Winchester where I am a Professor in the Centre for Arts as Wellbeing.

Do you play any instruments?
I play the saxophone and I also compose and arrange music. I am the Music Director of a unique community orchestra, the Bristol Reggae Orchestra, a 30 piece ensemble that includes musicians and singers from a wide range of backgrounds. Since we began in 2010 we have performed all over the South West and Wales, and have been broadcast on Radio 3!

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?
I’m not sure if it describes me as a person but my favourite musical instrument at present is the soprano saxophone. I am drawn to it because it has a clear voice and it is deceptively adaptable to lots of different playing situations and genres.

What has music done for you in your life?
I have been involved in music all my life. My dad was a sax player and music arranger who dedicated himself to big band music. My mum is a dance teacher and is still active, giving lessons for all sections of the community. I grew up with music and dance in equal measure. I love jazz, folk and Latin music and I currently teach salsa dance. I have found that dance and music are both fantastic ways of dealing with life’s challenges.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
I am very pleased to be supporting PMZ as a Trustee. I hope to share my knowledge and awareness of the value of research as well as the development of best practice in community music.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
In all honesty I cannot remember buying my first record but I used to be a great fan of Donny Osmond, David Cassidy and the Jackson 5 so it would have to be one of them!


 

Hilary Cragg photoHILARY CRAGG - Solicitor and Partner specialising in Elderly Client Law at Nash & Co Solicitors LLP

 

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What do you do for PMZ? I am a Trustee and work with their team to promote their fantastic work. I am a solicitor and partner of Nash & Co solicitors and professionally I head up the Vulnerable Client team.  I’m  also on the Prime Minister's Dementia Challenge team helping raise awareness and understanding around dementia.  I bring all my professional skills to assist PMZ with its work.

Do you play any instruments? Sadly the only instruments that I play are air drums or air guitar, but when I do I am note perfect at both!!   I listen to music in my car, home & when out running, so I appreciate the importance of music in my life.

What musical instrument would best describe you and why? Ooh tricky question – Drums for when I’m loud, harp for when I’m classical and electric guitar for when I feeling funky or trendy (whatever that means) – does that mean that I’m a very strange band?!!

What has music done for you in your life? Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  As a kid I can remember sitting in my bedroom listening to the chart rundown.  Music has a fantastic effect on my mood, so I play different music depending on my mood or if I want to change my mood.  Music has been a fantastically useful tool for when I don’t have the words for how I feel, but some clever songwriter does.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ? Seeing the great work that the team does and how they make a difference, it brings a tear to my eye!

What's the first record/CD you ever bought? I honestly can’t remember, the Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever was definitely one of the first.

 

 
 

Nick Warren, Managing Director and Designer, N9 Design, a Creative Communications Agency.

MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?

As a new trustee we’ll have to wait and see. But as part of N9 Design, I first worked with PMZ back in late 2009 and throughout the years have always been blown away with the energy and passion of Debbie and the team whenever we meet. Overall, if they think I can contribute anything worthwhile in terms of experience in brand, identity or design for communication then I’m happy to do what I can.

Do you play any instruments?

Musically, I had an awkward incident with a Double Bass at 11 which halted my instrument education. But I’m a proficient listener and can be useful in a pub quiz scenario recalling lyrics to decades old songs I don’t even like. I’ve embraced new music technology, but still managed to retain my mid-sized vinyl and cd collection under much pressure, arguing the dust would be on the shelves anyway.

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?

Probably those big orchestra timpani drums. I try to stay quiet unless I think I’ll make an impact.

What has music done for you in your life?

Shaped my life. As a child many early memories are punctuated by specific tracks, as a teen I’d obsess with the charts (via Smash Hits). Then as an young fella I’d spend hours searching out tunes and creating the right playlist for the day, party or journey. In early employment, I was known to run home and compile a side of C90 in my lunch hour for the afternoon. Six hours of cassette compilations for parties was not uncommon.  … ask grandparents what a C90 is!

What’s the best bit about working with PMZ?

The infectious energy that the PMZ team have and their unfailing ability to be branded at all times.

What’s the first record/CD you ever bought?

Either Regatta de Blanc by The Police or Blondie’s Parallel Lines.


 
 
 

Chris Redding, Trustee

CHRIS REDDING - CHAIR OF TRUSTEES.  CEO, Peninsula Enterprise

 

MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?
I am a trustee and will lend my hand to anything to help PMZ. I am also a school Governor for a local primary school so can bring that experience to my trustee role. As a former Operations Director and now CEO, my work experience is wide ranging so I can certainly assist with operational and other activities.

Do you play any instruments?
Unfortunately no but I did learn to play the recorder at primary school (too many years ago) and played a mean “Grand old Duke of York”. If I could learn an instrument it would be piano.

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?
The piano as it can be very grand but also very bold and funky as I adapt to whatever situation I am in.

What has music done for you in your life?
Music is a great pleasure and I love sentimental songs that I can relate to whether happy or sad. My husband loves music and is a very good singer. We have passed the love of music onto our children and grandchildren, it's lovely to see that they have a wide taste in music and not just the latest music fad. My middle grandson is very much the performer musically and acting and I hope he will be using PMZ this year.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
Seeing the multi-sensory room and what can be achieved really sells it for me. Watching the Christmas singing videos brought a tear to my eye.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
It was the old vinyl LP of Tom Jones, Green Green Grass of home.


Professor Paul Dieppe photoPAUL DIEPPE - Emeritus Professor of Health and Wellbeing, University of Exeter Medical School

 

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What do you do for PMZ? It is an honour to be asked to be a part of PMZ as a Trustee.  I first came across the work of this organisation when I was involved in judging the applications for the 2015 Arts and Health South West Prize.  I was very impressed by what I read as they were awarded the First Prize.

Who am I and what do I do? I am a 69 year-old, short, fat, hairy man, who has always been interested in just about everything, but not very good at doing anything. I qualified as a doctor in 1970, and had two different careers – first as a rheumatologist (when I specialised in trying to understand osteoarthritis, a subject that remains an obsession), and then as a health services researcher (I don’t know what that means either, it is sort of about public health).

I am a strong believer in multi-disciplinary work and have the pleasure of working with artists, drama scholars, classicists, historians, and other humanities scholars at present.  I am currently emeritus professor of health and wellbeing at the University of Exeter Medical School, where I work on healing as well as health and wellbeing.  I have a scholarship from The Institute of Integrative health in Baltimore to pursue my studies of healing.  Separately I supervise 3 PhD students who are working on: 1) knitting for health, 2) the measurement of wellbeing, and 3) context (placebo) effects.

Do you play any instruments? None. But, thanks to a Christmas present this year, I am now trying to become proficient on the ruler.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ? What they do. As a doctor and academic health researcher, I think I can offer some insight into how we might work to improve the health and wellbeing of society, through music and other arts.  I have some understanding of the thinking within the powerful world of medicine, and wish to get rid of ‘scientism’ and introduce wider thinking.

 


 

Robbie Nairn OBEROBBIE NAIRN OBE  - Chief Executive, Elder Tree Befriending 

 

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What do you do for PMZ? I was absolutely delighted when Debbie suggested I might be of some value to PMZ and here I am - a new trustee.  I lead a local charity that supports over 1000 vulnerable and socially isolated older residents in their communities and champions their continued independent living and wellbeing.  It's a preventative service that delivers 47 various activities in locations close to where people actually live.  Elder Tree Befriending has successfully tendered with local government and Public Health and has strong partnerships across the health and social care sector.

I am actively involved in a number of forums that focus on supporting the elderly and the general population.  My background with the Royal Navy, the Devon and Cornwall Probation Trust and the Local Authority would suggest that my particular focus and value to PMZ will be Governance and Assurance and Strategic Planning – exciting or what!                                                                   

Do you play any instruments? No – I have neither the patience or the talent. I love music though and I am an avid listener, although my family complain bitterly when I sing along, especially when I am wearing head phones.

What musical instrument would best describe you and why? A noisy old bass drum – enough said.

What has music done for you in your life? No music – would be a large gap in my life.  I am at an age where music and photographs serve an equal purpose and both bring memories flooding back. Key events in my life have a musical signature – god bless you Otis Redding.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ? Can't wait to find out!

What's the first record/CD you ever bought? Abbey Road.