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About Us

Our trustees

Our board of trustees is made up of:

Val Sutton (chair) was previously Group Manager of Adult Services for City of York Council. She has extensive experience in managing and delivering care for older people, and has great insight into, and knowledge of, the social care sector. Her experience and passion for innovation in this sector have proved invaluable.


Jo Farrington has a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management and the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Diploma in Marketing Management and spent over 20 years in the public sector in destination management for a variety of local authorities across the country. Her understanding of business and marketing has been crucial to the establishment of Musical Connections as a professionally-run charity.


Sara Marshall is a financial administrator for the local authority and worked closely with Musical Connections when the City of York Council held a budget for the project. Sara has become a much-valued trustee, with a deep understanding of the project.


Hazel Brown is a retired GP who is passionate about the benefits of singing to health and well-being and can provide insights and guidance on working with the medical community.


Chris Bartram was formerly a senior lecturer on the community music course at York St John's university, and provides academic expertise, creative thinking, and connections with students and other academics.