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Our team


Our Trustees bring a wealth of skills and experience to oversee the work of the charity and its future development. Read the latest illustrated Annual Review and Development Plan 2015-2018.

Sir Frederic Strickland-Constable - President

Dr Caroline Hall - Chairman

Margaret Mackinder - Secretary

Nick Hammond - Treasurer

Graham Long

Jo Danischewsky

Sue Hoggett

Karen McNeil Suddaby

Declan Suddaby


Angela Harrison, Lead Music Therapist

Angela is the Lead Music Therapist with the Centre. She enjoyed a professional career as a viola player with the Halle Orchestra before training on the MA in Music Therapy in Cambridge. Angela joined the NYMTC in 1993 as an assistant and took up her post as a therapist in 1995. She has worked in adult mental health settings, day centres and care homes and now has a specific interest in work with children with developmental delay, autism and attachment difficulties.

Angela has presented her work widely in this country and around the world, most recently in Argentina, South Korea, The Netherlands, Norway and Austria. She has contributed to three books and two international journals and recently presented in Vienna at the 10th European Music Therapy Conference. Angela is Regional Liaison for Europe on the Council of the World Federation of Music Therapy, is a Governor of the Music Therapy Charity and until November 2012, was Chair of the British Association for Music Therapy.

She is married to a North Yorkshire farmer and her current interests are in family history, archaeology and house restoration. Angela still plays the viola in orchestras and particularly enjoys playing chamber music.


Jim Nield, Music Therapist

Jim studied Music and Psychology at Keele University, followed by ten years working in the performing arts. In 2000 he trained as a mental health nurse, and subsequently worked in a head injury rehabilitation unit for several years. He undertook further training in Therapeutic Group Work at York University before commencing  part-time studies in Music Therapy at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge. During this course he participated in two voluntary music therapy projects at the Pavarotti Music Centre in Mostar, Bosnia. Since qualifying as a Music Therapist Jim has worked for The Retreat in York, for Nordoff-Robbins North East, the NYMTC and others alongside a range of community music therapy projects.

Jim has also continued to write, perform and record his own music, as well as working as a multi-instrumental accompanist with several other musicians including Red Trees, Mazlyn Jones, Nik Turner and Guy Evans. In 2011 Jim was very privileged to perform on the 40th Anniversary “Spirit of 71” Stage at Glastonbury Festival.

‘In many ways Music Therapy is the logical culmination of all my professional and academic endeavour to date. It provides me with a kaleidoscopic range of experiences and I am delighted that NYMTC continues to be part of that.’

The Centre's therapists are Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and are members of the professional body, the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT).


Jill Bowman, Volunteer

Jill trained as a musician at the Royal College of Music before embarking on a teaching career which took her first to run the music at a Prep school in Dorset, then to Gilling Castle in Yorkshire and finally The Minster School in York.

She has for a long time been fascinated by music therapy and the huge benefits it can bring and decided to spend her retirement combining dogs, horses and helping the therapists of the NYMTC wherenever possible and picking up jobs in the office whenever necessary.

Her husband is not totally neglected in all this activity!