Board of Trustees

Community Music Wales has a Board of Trustees who meet quarterly and are responsible for the strategic direction and policy of the charity.

The members are from a variety of professional backgrounds relevant to the work of the charity. An observer from the Arts Council of Wales also sits on the Board but has no voting rights.

The Executive Officer of the Board of Trustees is the Director who is responsible for the effective management and strategic development of Community Music Wales in accordance with its constitution and aims and objectives.

Lisa Davies

Chair
Lisa is a creative film producer and media trainer. She has produced a number of short films, including the BAFTA Nominated The Homing Bird. Most recently she was the Unit Manager for Wales on Indie Feature Burn Burn Burn, which premièred at London Film Festival and has been nominated for the Sundance Discovery Award. Previously Lisa was the inaugural Director of Zoom Cymru, Wales's youth Film festival and media training organisation. She also delivered part of Ffilm Cymru's Film in Afan programme, and set up Time Schools for Spice - a time credit organisation.

Sue Cottrell

Sue is an Education Consultant, who works with organisations such as Welsh Government, Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and Think, Learn, Challenge. Previously, she worked as a Partner on the National Support Programme for Literacy and Numeracy, and as Music and Performing Arts Officer for DfES, ACCAC and CCW. Her publications include research in the BJME, resources for the BBC and ‘Can I tell you about Stammering?’ for Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She is a Welsh learner.

Lewis Gwyther

Works for Earthfall dance in Marketing and Communications and is a freelance Arts Manager working with arts and dementia as well as theatre for young people. He has worked on youth music projects across wales and plays in a Cardiff based blues band.

Ruth Morris

Ruth has been involved with music all her life as both a session saxophonist and a singer. Having studied Music at Cardiff University, she has gone on to develop a passion for community music in Wales. Having worked in the Arts in both the third and private sectors, Ruth’s specialism is community choirs, and is currently the Choir Leader Manager for the UK’s largest community choir network, Rock Choir.

Alicia Stark

Alicia holds a PhD (Musicology) and an MA (Music, Culture, and Politics) from Cardiff University, and a Bachelor degree in Music Education from Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, USA. Her academic research focusses on identity construction in popular music, specifically in representations of gender and ethnicity in cartoon, hologram, and puppet bands. Born in Canada and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Alicia has been active in music education for more than 10 years in both the US and the UK. She has directed, music directed, or produced over 40 musical theatre and theatre productions for participants of all ages, including award-winning productions of Cotton Patch Gospel, Oedipus Rex, and Lebensraum. Recently, she has begun working with Tenovus as the choir leader for the Abergavenny Sing With Us Choir.

Adam Marshall

Adam is an ICAEW chartered accountant currently working for the Wales Audit Office. He has worked as a financial auditor across a number of sectors, including auditing charitable accounts prepared by Welsh Government Sponsored Bodies. More recently he has taken up a role in the performance audit practice within the Local Government sector.

Karen Visser

Karen is a Speech and Language Therapist and health service manager working for Cardiff and Vale NHS University Health Board. Karen has worked in the NHS since 1987, specialising in working with children with Additional Learning Needs. Karen spent the early part of her career working in South London and moved to Cardiff in 2002. Karen was seconded to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists in 2014 as a project manager tasked with drafting a new edition of Communicating Quality, the document which outlines standards of conduct for the profession.