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Our team


Sir Frederic Strickland-Constable - President

Our Trustees

Our Trustees bring a wealth of skills and experience to oversee the work of the charity and its future development.

Dr Caroline Hall - Chairman

Margaret Mackinder - Secretary

Nick Hammond - Treasurer

Geoff Bishop - Trustee

Jo Danischewsky - Trustee

Sue Hoggett - Trustee



Our Staff

Laura Festa - Director of Music Therapy

We were delighted to welcome Laura to the team in August 2018.

Before training as a music therapist, Laura obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and a Master’s degree in Literature from Roma Tre University, Rome, combining her love for humanistic disciplines. Following this, she spent a decade working with children in special needs schools and ran her own Music Therapy Centre.

Having relocated to the UK in 2014, she provided music therapy to people in a care home setting before taking on the role of Director of Music Therapy, which allows her to combine clinical work with the development of the charity.




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.’


Kerry Metcalfe - Office Manager

Kerry is responsible for day to day admin, finances, trust fundraising and our volunteer team. She joined the team in August 2017, having spent many years working in the charitable sector.

When not at work, she is studying the final year of a science degree with the Open University. and her spare time is spent with her horses and playing various musical instruments with varying success.

Kerry says, 'Music is powerfully emotive, but in the hands of our incredibly skilled music therapists, it's genuinely life changing. They help people to feel better, realise potential and gain confidence, and the effects ripple far and wide, through families, friends, peers and supporters. NYMTC is a fantastic charity and I'm delighted to be part of the team.'