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WHO WE ARE

OUR BOARD

Sing Inside is run by a small but passionate team, with some part time staff and powered by volunteers across the country. Our teams work tirelessly to ensure we have professional standards and structures in place, ensuring our governance, security and workshops are all of a high standard. We elected our first board in 2018 and expanded it in 2020. Our trustees have a range of skills and backgrounds, but share a passion for our mission to provide meaningful creative opportunities in prisons across the UK.

We will usually advertise trustee positions on our current opportunities page; if you have any questions about joining the board, please get in touch with our chief executive below. If you would like to contact one of our trustees, please contact trustees@singinside.org.

OUR BOARD

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NIGEL ROTHBAND

Chair

Nigel is a consultant, speaker, coach and mentor who spent over 30 years as a retail executive. His retail roles included Retail Director at Arcadia Group and Managing Director of The Body Shop. More recently he has used his commercial knowledge and business acumen to support charities and social enterprises.
For five years Nigel was Chairman of The ELLA Foundation that was set up to coach, mentor and inspire charity chief executives. He is also Chair of the Fiorentini Foundation that enables less fortunate children to access the world of the performing arts. Together with his wife, Nicole, he set up the fundraising initiative ‘Hosting For The Hungry’, to help alleviate hunger.
A keen sportsman and Manchester City supporter, he hosts the weekly Man City Show Podcast and is regularly seen and heard on TV and radio.

STAFF TEAM

Sing Inside's work is overseen by our staff team. If you have any questions about our workshops, partnering with us as a prison, funding, policy or anything else, feel free to contact them and they will happily put you in touch with the right person for your enquiry.

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SAM HAWKSLEY
Chief executive
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Sam joined Sing Inside as the new Chief Executive in December 2023. He has a background leading a charity in London as well as work experience for and consulting with local authorities and in addiction recovery. He has a degree in Music from Birmingham Conservatoire and has previously worked as a freelance Community Music leader and Musician in Birmingham and London.

CAMBRIDGE COMMITTEE

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ANDREANA
President
 

I am the organ scholar at Pembroke College and am in my third year reading Law. I really resonate with the mission of Sing Inside of providing opportunities to people in prison to enjoy singing together. As a law student, I have read extensively on the tough conditions in prisons and the impact on mental health, and as a passionate musician, I truly believe music has the power to enrich lives and bring so much happiness. I am very much looking forward to working alongside such an enthusiastic team as president!

OXFORD COMMITTEE

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MEGAN
President

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Hi! I’m Megan and I’m a third year music student at Merton College. My degree teaches us about music therapy and community music, but being able to participate and engage with such an amazing organisation like Sing Inside is such an eye opening experience. I’m so looking forward to getting to share music with others, being able to see the positive effect that it can bring to communities and our mental health. I’m very excited to be continuing Sing Inside’s great work this year.

YORK COMMITTEE

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FLORENCE
President
 

I am a third-year undergraduate studying Social Policy and Criminal Justice at the University of York. I found out about Sing Inside at Fresher's Fair in Second Year and it was the perfect mix of getting a chance to sing whilst simultaneously being able to get a hands-on experience of the criminal justice system. Going on several visits last year was such a rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable time and when the opportunity arose to become a part of the committee I couldn't let it pass me by. I can't wait to go on more prison visits this year and make a real positive influence to the York branch!

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