WHO WE ARE
Sing Inside elected its first board in 2018. 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 are currently seeking additional members of our board, in particular those with personal experience of the criminal justice system. If you would like any more information, or 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.
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.
I’m a third-year Music student at Trinity College. My first Sing Inside visit was to HMP Peterborough in December 2018 and I have also been involved in visits to George Mackenzie House and HMP Whitemoor. From my first visit I was really struck by how music can be used to break down barriers between volunteers and residents and between different groups of residents. Through the medium of music, a relaxed atmosphere is created and the residents have a lot of fun chatting to volunteers. There is no ‘them and us’. I’m really looking forward to being involved in Sing Inside again this year after being the Prisons Coordinator for 2019-20. We have lots of exciting plans for the upcoming 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 are in the process of recruiting a committee of volunteers in Stafford - if you would be interested in helping to organise our activity there and engage with local people, get in touch!
It has been fantastic to recruit Adam Colclough to the team, a volunteer placement via Staffordshire University. Adam has been working on spreading the word about Sing Inside to university societies and exploring setting Sing Inside up as an independent student committee. If you would like to find out more about how to join the committee, please contact Kate.
Adam was attracted to Sing Inside because they have a very positive ethos and focus on rehabilitation being a possibility for anyone who enters the justice system.
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!