Deborah Myers is a highly respected Development Director and Consultant with over 20 years experience in the culture, Higher Education and charitable sectors. She has significant expertise developing fundraising within organisations such as Sadler’s Wells Theatre, the Royal Opera House, the British Film Institute, King’s College London, the National Gallery and in her current position as Director of Development of the Science Museum Group, a world leading group of five museums based in different cities across the country.
Deborah was first introduced to Plymouth Music Zone through a Culture Sector Network conference in London where she heard PMZ’s Chief Executive, Debbie Geraghty, talking about the charity’s community music work and leadership practices. Over the past few years Deborah has since learned more about the impact of PMZ’s activities and says she is delighted to now be invited by the Board to offer support to the charity.
“I’m keen to be a PMZ Special Adviser because I’ve been impressed and inspired by the way PMZ makes music so accessible to the community it serves. I feel I could offer my experience in arts fundraising to share best practice and be a sounding board for Debbie and the team as they grow income and prepare for the next stage in their development. I’m always keen to develop my own skills so I also look forward to gaining further insights into the running of a smaller charity like PMZ and the value it clearly brings to all those it works with.”
PMZ’s Chief Executive, Debbie Geraghty, says having such Special Advisers can open up important expertise and opportunities that are so often out of reach for smaller organisations like PMZ.
“We’re hugely grateful to all our volunteers who support many areas of the organisation including our Special Advisers. We’re thrilled to welcome Deborah Myers as she’s such an inspiring development professional in the arts who really understands the importance and impact of the work we do. Deborah’s considerable fundraising expertise will be invaluable as we seek to face the inevitable challenges of the current funding climate. Broadening philanthropic support for Plymouth Music Zone will be key to ensuring the charity can meaningfully connect with those who really share our passion for bringing music to all. Huge thanks to Deborah for agreeing to donate her time in this way. I have no doubt we will benefit from her considerable expertise and national insights.”
Deborah joins PMZ’s two other Special Advisers who also contribute to PMZ’s development in their own area of expertise. Professor Norma Daykin is a leading light in the arts and health academic field as well as being a musician in her own right. She advises the charity on its research and music practice. Professor Montserrat Fuentes Romero is Professor of Music and Piano at Anahuac University in Mexico City. She advises PMZ on how to further share its learning on an international stage to celebrate the joys of the diversity of PMZ’s work.
All PMZ Special Advisers share a passion for inclusive practice and the vital role music can play in enhancing peoples’ lives.