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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

Sue

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

Peter

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.

Joanna

Joanna

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

Vebi

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. 

Kai

Kai

Dr Kai Syng Tan

I am an artist, consultant, curator, academic and migrant. Marked by an 'eclectic style and cheeky attitude' (Sydney Morning Herald 2006), 'radical interdisciplinarity' (Alan Latham 2016) and ‘positive atmosphere’ (Guardian 2014), my work has been widely featured (Biennale of Sydney, Tokyo Designers’ Week, Science Museum, Southbank Centre, MOMA). Recognition includes National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement Images Award (Culture Change) and San Francisco International Film Festival Golden Gate Award. Collections include Museum of London and Fukuoka Art Museum. 

I am described as ‘absolutely instrumental’ (Gregg Whelan 2015) in opening up ‘Running Studies’. This draws on my PhD research which was run at Slade School of Fine Art as a UCL scholar. My art-psychiatry commission, #MagicCarpet, explores mind wandering. It has been enjoyed by 10,000 people and said to ‘create a family for people with ADHD’ (review, The Psychologist). Co-created with disabled colleagues, the £4m Opening and Closing Ceremonies of 8th ASEAN Para Games (I was Visual and Communications Director) was applauded as ‘most inclusive’ by the Singapore Association of the Deaf. 

I am a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for a new MA/MFA Executive Arts Leadership at Manchester School of Art. I am also Visiting Artist at King's College London, and UK Research and Innovation and Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College Member. In addition, I am Founder and Lead of RUN! RUN! RUN!, Neurodiversity In/And Creative Research Network, Co-Founder and Manager of the 80-member Running Cultures Research Group, Creative and Cultural Consultant of UK Adult ADHD Network, and Advisor to PsychART. With 12 years of classical music training aged 4-16, I still nurse a dream of being a concert pianist one day.  

Hannah

Hannah

Hannah Wilkinson

I am an award-winning communications specialist, having worked across the arts and charity sectors for over 15 years. Currently part of the senior leadership team at the British Red Cross, I am delivering communication strategies around some of the biggest issues of our time, in both the UK and overseas. The power of storytelling can bring people’s experiences to life – my career has taken me from conflict in western Africa, to urban water shortages in India, to meeting newly arrived young refugees in Kent, and many other places in between. 

I'm inspired by the incredible work of Music In Detention - bringing hope through music and providing a stage on which people can be heard. Making music gives people in immigration detention the freedom to believe in a better future. Listening to their powerful performances does the same for me.