Fiona Pendreigh – Chair 2019 – 2021

Fiona is Head of Plymouth Youth Music Service and Chair of the Music Education Council. During her career she has been a primary teacher and school senior leader, a specialist music adviser, and a relationship manager with Arts Council England, working with music education hubs in England’s south-west. She is a previous chair of NAME and was a founder director/trustee of Music Mark.


Richard Hallam – Past Chair

Richard Hallam MBE has been a professional musician, teacher, curriculum advisor, inspector, head of music service and conductor. In addition, his national involvement in UK music education spans over 25 years including advising successive governments on music education.

In 2012 he received the Music Teacher of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award from Classic fm. He was President of Incorporated Society of Musicians in 2013/2014 and chair of the International Society for Music Education’s Sistema Special Interest Group (2012/2014). He was Chair of the Music Education Council (UK) from 2013 – 2019.


Bridget Whyte – Treasurer

Bridget was appointed CEO of Music Mark in July 2017.  She started her career working for the Arts Council in the South East before moving to London to work for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Royal Academy of Music. She then worked as a consultant for over 20 years.  Clients included Youth Music, various music services and hubs, and she worked for the Music Manifesto and subsequently the Department for Education to set up and support the National Singing Programme – Sing Up.

More recently she was an Associate Lecturer in the Music Department at Surrey University for four years and managed MusicNet East for a year covering for the permanent manager.  Her last key freelance role was as Strategic Advisor for the British Council’s World Voice Programme, setting up singing programmes in over 20 countries around the globe.


Philip Flood – Honorary Secretary

Philip Flood has been Director Sound Connections since 2010 and is responsible for the overall strategy and governance of the charity. Previously, he was Head of LSO Discovery and prior to this, Education Director for Spitalfields Music and Head of Music and Media at a large inner-London FE college. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an advisor for the PRS for Music Foundation.


Lincoln Abbotts – Trustee

Lincoln is Executive Director of Strategic Development at ABRSM; a role that sets out to support and inspire music teachers worldwide. From 2003 to 2008 he was Learning Consultant to the BBC Proms and Learning Manager with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

He devised the Family Orchestra and Chorus programmes and was the driving force behind projects which brought together musicians of all ages and experience to work with performers from Indonesia, Africa, Iran, South America and Turkey.