WHO WE ARE
Sing Inside is run by a small but passionate team of volunteers, who have built the organisation from its roots as a student society into a national charity. Our friendly and committed team work remotely across the country to deliver workshops in prisons alongside local communities of volunteers.
Despite being entirely volunteer run 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 our chief executive Maisie on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Sing Inside's work is overseen by our senior executive committee, many of whom have been involved in the founding and earliest stages of our work as a student committee. If you have any questions about our workshops, partnering with us as a prison, funding, policy or anything else, feel free to contact the executive team and they will happily put you in touch with the right person for your enquiry.
Maisie leads on all of Sing Inside's activity, working with our trustees, prison partners, the executive team and local committees to make the community-building power of singing accessible in prisons across the UK. Her priority is securing Sing Inside's bright future with sustainable funding and new strategic focus.
Maisie first became involved with prison work in her first year at Cambridge, and took over the prison workshops being run by CaMEO after the funding became unsustainable. She registered these roots as Sing Inside, a financially independent university society, and led a passionate student committee over the next two years before graduating and taking the organisation from student society to national charity. Alongside her work running Sing Inside, Maisie is a policy officer at ACEVO and a freelance soprano, singing across London and the UK.
Our project officers work with our executive committee on a national level, co-ordinating our local work and communicating with our stakeholders. Head to our current opportunities page to find out more about becoming a project officer.
Arthur oversees Sing Inside's social media. Arthur was first involved with Sing Inside at university, when he went on his first visit, and he has been doing so ever since! He balances his Sing Inside work with his jobs in Programme Management and music production.
I am a first year PhD candidate at the Department of Geography. I first came across Sing Inside as an undergraduate, singing in one of their fundraising concerts. Amongst the fantastic musical offerings, I remember being so inspired and moved by the testimonials of committee members, volunteers and prison staff who had experienced first-hand the value of Sing Inside’s work; I immediately knew I wanted to be involved, and embarked on my first visit to HMP Whitemoor. I’m really looking forward to being involved with Sing Inside again this year after being the Fundraising Officer for 2020-21. We’ve got lots of exciting plans ahead to make up for all the disruption last year, so please do get involved!
I'm a second year Music student at St Hilda's college and have a passion for all aspects of community music. I believe that music should be accessible to everyone no matter what their age, background, ability or circumstance. Over the past year I have been inspired by Sing Inside, being Oxford's Prison's Co-ordinator and particularly during visits to HMP Long Lartin and the HMP Huntercombe Christmas residency. The power of music to build communities here was evident and made all of our work so rewarding. I look forward to organising many more workshops and continuing the incredible work that Sing Inside does.
We first expanded into York in 2020, and set up our first local committee with students from York University. Anyone from the local area can volunteer though, so do get in touch with Kate to find out more.
I’m a second year Social and Political Sciences student and am very excited to be a part of York’s first Sing Inside committee. After attending an introductory workshop, I was immediately inspired to be part of an organisation that not only enables us to break down social barriers, thereby fostering a strong sense of community, but also understands the unifying power of music. I’ve been part of numerous choirs throughout my whole life and am very much looking forward to spreading the joy of and making connections through music. I think this is a fantastic opportunity to really show people that there doesn’t have to be a ‘them and us’, but rather a collective ‘we’. We are currently working on establishing a good foundation in York, so please feel free to come along and help out!