Ramsey Janini – Finance and Operations

Ramsey is new to the team and previously worked for Z-Arts, Hope for Justice, Imperial War Museum and MIF in various finance roles. He has experience of being displaced by the Gulf War and identifies as being born to a refugee family. He runs free-improv music events locally.  

Leena Sahloul – Marketing Consultant

Originally from Syria, with an honours degree in Architecture from the University of Central St. Martins. Leena is a distinguished humanitarian in raising awareness about the Syrian crisis through cooperation with NGOs, her activities continue to be attended by many international forums in her roles of Global Advocacy and Media. In 2017 she won the International Design for Peace Hackathon in London in response to the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe. Academically, she has a talent for design and won the 2017 Grenfell Award for Social Conscience in Architecture

Sanja – Facilitator, Singer & NW Schools Coordinator (p/t)

Born in Bosnia and Hercegovina, Sanja came to Austria as a refugee at a young age, where she studied music education and English at the University of Vienna. Sanja is a teacher, singer and songwriter and has been participating in various music and performance projects.

Christine Adcock – Pro Bono Consultant (Clinical Psychologist)

Christine Adcock trained as a Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist and is an amateur cellist. She has worked in the NHS with people with learning disabilities specializing in sexual abuse and trauma. She is currently volunteering as a psychologist for Freedom from Torture an NGO which offers therapeutic support to survivors of torture who do not speak English. Christine has been part of the ‘Stone Flowers’ project from its inception acting as both the clinical support to the participants and playing the cello. She believes strongly in the transformative value of music for everyone but especially for people who are vulnerable and in pain.

Debra King – Pro Bono Consultant (Arts & Charity Sector)

Previously MAI Chair of trustees, Debra King has worked across the arts and education sector in management, creative producing and programming.  She is currently the Director of Brighter Sound. The company creates opportunities through music by presenting a diverse network of pathways and learning opportunities for children and young people, musicians, artists, and organisations.  Debra’s previous roles include: Programme Manager for the Australia Arts Council; Co-Producer for the Nitin Sawhney project-Aftershock; Director of Women in Music;  Regional Officer for Youth Music; Music Officer at ACE North West; Co-Director of FKuk and the joint Artistic Director for the Commonwealth Games Cultural programme in 2002.  

Ian Ritchie – Pro Bono Consultant (Arts, Charity & International Development)

Previously Artistic Director of the Setúbal Music Festival in Portugal, Artistic Director of The Musical Brain, also Director of the City of London Festival. Ian was previously Managing Director of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, General Director of Opera North and Artistic Director of the St Magnus Festival in Orkney. Ian has been involved with musical charities throughout his career and his work has contributed to rebuilding cultural life in a number of post-conflict situations, especially in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Lis Murphy – Creative Director & Founder

Lis Murphy has pioneered the use of singing and songwriting to support war and torture survivors find peace through personal expression and collective experience.  Lis is a professional performing musician, supporting New Order, Billy Bragg and Balkan Beatbox as well as performing with Jane Weaver, Mali superstars Amadou and Mariam and a world premiere by William Orbit.

Nick Jones – Creative Producer

Nick joined as a volunteer musician in the ‘Stone Flowers’ project in 2013, and has since progressed to develop and expand the organisation, first as Finance and Fundraising, then as Programme Manager and now Creative Producer. He holds a Masters degree in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response from the University of Manchester and has previous experience of working at the Kwetu Film Institute in Rwanda. Nick is also an avid bassist, DJ and music producer.

“When you work together with love
you can achieve anything.”

Amir, Survivor

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