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.

Phil Castang – Chair Elect

Phil is Director of Creative Learning and Engagement at Bristol Music Trust. He is a trained sound engineer and music teacher, spending 7 years as at Berkshire Young Musicians Trust and Highgate School. Phil co-founded the International Guitar Foundation in 1994. After his MSc in Cultural Management in 2012, Phil became CEO of Newham Music Trust. Phil chaired the Bath Cultural Forum and spent 6 years as trustee at Bath Festivals.

Michelle James – Treasurer

Michelle is CEO of Sing Up and a Trustee of the Sing Up Foundation. Prior to that, Michelle held senior roles at Youth Music and ABRSM. Michelle is a violinist and singer and has a professional background in marketing, communications and fundraising. She is also a published author, having written the Singing School Handbook, co-published by Faber Music and Sing Up in 2018.

Philip Flood – Honorary Secretary

Philip Flood has been Director at Sound Connections, a music education charity and research organisation, since 2010 and is responsible for the overall strategy and governance of the organisation. 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 an advisor for the PRS for Music Foundation and works with Music Education Hubs, and arts and cultural organisations across the UK.

Richard Jones – Trustee

Richard retired from a 42 year career in music education in 2019. He has worked in large comprehensive schools, has commissioned 10 works for wind band, adjudicated in festivals across the UK and in the Netherlands, USA, Canada and Australia, been a national arts and music adviser for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and from 2011 to 2019 was Music and Arts Strategy Manager for South Gloucestershire. In “retirement” Richard is the Independent Chair of the Music Hubs in Somerset and Torbay, a doctoral student at UWE, blogs at and is also trying to lower his golf handicap.