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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 & Fundraising, and Ethics.



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 Frankental 

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. In addition to Music in Detention, I currently serve as a trustee of London Mining Network.



Emily Cherry

I am currently providing interim leadership as a freelance consultant. Roles have included Director of Strategy Change for Waltham Forest, Head of Policy for Insitute of Physics. I provide strategic PR, Comms & campaigning advice to Peace One Day and led the Press approach to the International Day of Peace. Prior to consultancy, I spent 20 years in the Children's sector, most at NSPCC. My background before that was in advocacy, particularly in Young Offender Institutions, 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 Music In Detention Board of Trustees was the participatory nature of the work. I’ve seen through my visits the impact of our work on the lives of people in detention. 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 Ridout

I have over 30 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, training and Action Learning with independent arts, charitable, membership, public and local government organisations. Examples include Oily Cart Theatre, Farnham Maltings, Magpie Dance, Unicorn Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet, 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 am currently Vice Chair.

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.



Vebi Kosumi

I migrated to the UK from Kosovo during the 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 managed an anti-human trafficking/modern slavery project for nine months. I have been a Trustee of Music In Detention since 2006, Consonant (former Migrant Resource Centre) since 2015, and Asylum Aid since 2013. I have also been involved with other charities such as the British Red Cross and Save the Children in a voluntary capacity. I completed a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law with International Relations at the University of Kent. I am a consultant and write Country of Origin Reports for British Courts addressing human rights issues in western Balkans focusing on Albania and Kosovo.

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. 



Dr Kai Syng Tan

I am an artist, consultant, curator and academic. I am concerned with the body and mind in motion in a world in motion and commotion. I am best known for gathering diverse and divergent bodies and bodies of knowledge to engineer spaces of ‘productive antagonisms’ (Latham & Tan 2016) across disciplinary, geopolitical and cultural boundaries, in what I call an interdisciplinary ‘ill-disciplined’ approach (Tan & Asherson 2018). 

I have taught in more than 40 higher education institutions (BA-PhD) as lecturer, programme leader and examiner, including Royal College of Art, LASALLE College of Art (Singapore), Australian National University and Tama Art University (Tokyo). 

I am a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for a new MA/MFA Executive Arts Leadership (09/2021). I am also Artist in Residence and Visiting Research Fellow at King's College London, and UK Research and Innovation and Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College Member.

In addition to being a trustee of Music In Detention, I am also Founder and Lead of RUN! RUN! RUN!, Co-Founder and Manager of the 70-member Running Cultures Research Group, Creative and Cultural Consultant of UK Adult ADHD Network (network for mental health professionals), Advisor to PsychART (linking psychiatry, creativity and the arts, funded by Royal College of Psychiatry), and Visual and Communications Consultant for Philbeat (Singapore creative company). 

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 the Ethics Sub-Committee.)

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.

(Sheila stepped down from the Music In Detention Board in 2019, but has remained a member of the Ethics Sub-Committee.)