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Our Trustees and committee members

Our Trustees and committee members

Music In Detention is governed by a Board of Trustees, who bring a valuable range of experience and backgrounds to the tasks of setting the organisation’s strategy and overseeing and guiding its work. The Director reports to the Board, as do three Sub-Committees, which bring trustees, staff and other committee members together to work in detail on Finance, Communications and Ethics.

Sue

Sue

Sue Lukes (Chair)

I have been working with refugees since 1976, have managed various housing projects, and am an acknowledged expert on housing law in relation to migrants and refugees.  I have been a freelance consultant, researcher and trainer since 1996, delivering research, staff training, evaluation and service development work for local authorities, the NHS, Housing Associations, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Shelter, the Refugee Council, UKBA and the Gulbenkian Foundation..

I am a founder trustee of Music In Detention, and am on the board of ARHAG HA Ltd and a small grant-giving trust. I am a member of the London Mayor’s Housing Equalities Standing Group, convene my synagogue education group ran the Chile Committee for Justice that organised around the extradition of Pinochet and occasionally help with holocaust education (my father arrived with the Kindertransport in 1939). I am bilingual in Spanish and English.

Peter

Peter

Peter Frankental (Treasurer)

I joined Amnesty International UK in 1998, and am currently the Economic Relations Programme Director. My previous career included six years as a business analyst in the private sector and four years as a project manager within the UK National Health Service. I have also worked in the field of social regeneration, running capacity-building programmes for community organisations. My first degree was in Mathematical Statistics and I have subsequently undertaken postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics (MSc Econ), the Institute of Latin American Studies (MA), and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (MSc).

I have been an adviser to the International Commission of Jurists panel on corporate complicity, and was on the Steering Group of a three year research project (2004-2007), to develop a methodology for human rights impact assessments and apply it to five case studies of affected communities.  I currently serve on the Board of the Corporate Responsibility Coalition of NGOs (CORE), as a trustee of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, and of Music In Detention.

Emily

Emily

Emily Cherry

I’m Head of Participation at the NSPCC, and am pretty confident I have the best job there! Everyday is an inspiration, getting to either meet, listen to or hear about what children and young people have been doing to make NSPCC even more effective in all we do. Before I came to NSPCC in 2007, I had a practice background in advocacy, particularly in Young Offenders Institutes, illegal Traveller sites and with children in care. I have policy and parliamentary experience within the voluntary sector and research interests in participation, rights, criminology and social policy, as a guest lecturer at Bristol University since 2005.

My interest in joining the MID Board of Trustees was the participatory nature of the work. I’ve seen through our visits how we can transform a few precious moments of the lives of the detainees. I bring my knowledge of safeguarding, communications and fundraising to support the Board. I live in a small village near Cambridge, married to Paul who is a Primary Teacher and have 2 beautiful young children called George and Issy.

Joanna

Joanna

Joanna Ridout

I offer over 25 years’ experience in senior venue and company management in independent arts, membership, funding, government and charitable organisations. Freelance since 2003, my work has included organisational development, business planning, fundraising, facilitation and training, with independent arts, charitable, membership, public and local government organisations.  Examples include Oily Cart Theatre, Farnham Maltings, Magpie Dance, Unicorn Theatre, The Independent Theatre Council, The School for Social Entrepreneurs, Arts Council England and UK Trade & Investment.  I've been on Music In Detention's Board since 2010 and currently chair the Communications & Fundraising Sub-Committee.

Marie-Anne Mackie

After an early career in strategic global account management in the telecoms and IT industries, I now work as an executive coach and a writer, fitting that around looking after my young children. I have been actively involved as a supporter, volunteer, staff member and trustee of a number of arts and social change organisations since university, most recently as Managing Director of a homelessness charity. These various roles have given me a wealth of experience in charity governance, financial control, and in HR issues. In addition to being a trustee of MID I am a member of its Finance Sub-Committee.

Phil

Phil

Phil Champain

I am the CEO of the interfaith charity 3FF which aims to strengthen relations between people of different faiths and beliefs. We do this through education and learning, providing opportunities for people of different faiths and beliefs to connect, and celebrating what we can achieve together.  Prior to this role I was Director of Emerging Programmes at International Alert, a peacebuilding INGO/Charitable organisation, where I was responsible for developing new programmes. In addition to longstanding engagement with peace efforts in the Caucasus, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and the Philippines, I have written in particular on the interface between economy and conflict.

I graduated from Cambridge University in 1982 where I read History. I then trained as a secondary school teacher at Bangor University in North Wales and was a secondary school teacher for seven years, including three years in Papua New Guinea with Voluntary Services Overseas. I began my career in the NGO sector with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) where I worked with teachers on education for sustainability. I am a trained counsellor, have a further professional qualification in the Design of Conflict Resolution Training from the Eastern Mennonite University, USA, and an MA in Restorative Justice. I was drawn to MID through the connection between peacebuilding, asylum and detention, and through my active interest in playing the saxophone and flute with a small blues band in Suffolk where I live with my wife and two children.

Sheila Melzak

I am a consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist who has had some experience of assessing and preparing developmental and psychological reports about the impact on children and adolescents of being detained in the UK and in their home countries. I am employed as Executive and Clinical Director of the Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile which I founded with a small group of colleagues in 2008. I have 26 years experience working with child, adolescent and young adult refugees and their families. 

Previously I developed and co-ordinated a multidisciplinary Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Team within the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, which worked with children and young people who had directly experienced human rights abuses.  I have taught and supervised social workers, clinicians, residential workers, teachers and lawyers in the UK and internationally, and have published a number of articles on the emotional and developmental  impacts of violence and loss on children and the relevant treatment issues.

Vebi

Vebi

Vebi Kosumi

I migrated to the UK from Kosovo during dissolution of former Yugoslavia. I have worked with asylum seekers and refugees since 2000 in the UK and abroad. For eight years I was the Director of the Dover Detainee Visitors Group (now Samphire). I have been a Trustee of Music In Detention since 2006 and Asylum Aid since 2013. I am also involved with other charities such as British Red Cross in a voluntary capacity. I have recently completed a Masters of Laws (LLM) in International Law with International Relations at the University of Kent.

Jan Shaw

I have worked on asylum and immigration policy and practice for more than 25 years and until recently, I was the Refugee Programme Director at Amnesty International UK.  I also chaired the Still Human Still Here coalition for eight years. 

I have written reports on many aspects of asylum policy including decision making, detention (the system that MID operates in), destitution and harm on removal. I have worked in Kosovo  and Jerusalem and I have travelled widely in Europe, Asia and South America and lived in Brazil.

(Jan stepped down from the Music In Detention Board in 2015, but has remained a member of MID's Ethics Sub-Committee.)

Bridget Rennie 

For my day-job I am Head of Development at Streetwise Opera, an award-winning charity that uses music to help people with experience of homelessness make positive changes in their lives. I am responsible for raising money for the charity across all funding streams, from the public sector and trusts and foundations to individual giving and fundraising events. 

Through my job and personal experience (I am an enthusiastic cellist and play in an amateur orchestra) I have seen the transformational impact that music-making can have on people’s lives, so when I heard about the chance to get involved with Music In Detention, I was keen to help out in whatever way I could.