Meet The Team

Tristan Paton
Tristan Paton
Trustee
Tristan has worked across a range of settings in the charity sector, primarily in fundraising from trusts, foundations and institutional
Ben Amponsah
Ben Amponsah
Trustee
Ben Amponsah, BSc, PGDipl, MBPsS, MBACP (Accred) An ex-army officer, is both psychotherapist and life-coach. He qualified as a counsellor
Alifya Akberali
Alifya Akberali
Trustee
I am originally from Nairobi, Kenya. I have been interested in the humanitarian sector from quite a young age. This
Daniel Diaz Vera
Daniel Diaz Vera
Chair
Photo Credit: Martin Fuentes We are delighted to welcome our new trustee Daniel Diaz Vera from Chile who has been
Sepideh Amiri
Sepideh Amiri
Treasurer
Sepideh is a member of Stone Flowers and has been making music with us for the last 6 years. She
Alex Etchart
Alex Etchart
MUSIC FACILITATOR
Alex Etchart is an Anglo-Uruguayan social artist and multi-instrumentalist composer working in the UK and beyond. Raised in the South
Michael Cretu
Michael Cretu
Michael Cretu is an internationally recognised musician and composer, whose family has a long musical tradition dating back to the
Joe Steele
Joe Steele
MUSIC FACILITATOR
Joe Steele is a composer, saxophonist and music leader based in London. As a composer, Joe's music often explores the
Sanja Govorcin
Sanja Govorcin
MUSIC FACILITATOR
Sanja joined Music Action in 2018 as a facilitator for Harmonise. Born in Bosnia and Hercegowina, she came to Austria
Ben Czureja
Ben Czureja
Music Facilitator
Few words about me, Im a Roma guitarist that come from a musical Gypsy family Background, I worked as a
Leila Seguine
Leila Seguine
Music Facilitator
Leila is a French professional musician (Singer & Flutist) performing with her band, Cristobal and the Sea, across Europe. They
Mazaher
Mazaher
Musician and film-maker
ARTIST STATEMENT I was born in 1978 Why? I don’t know In one of the most beautiful cities in the
Arian Sadr
Arian Sadr
Music Facilitator
Arian Sadr has been enthusiastic about music since childhood, particularly Persian percussion. He started learning Tonbak (Persian goblet drum) and Daf
Kayo Chingonyi
Kayo Chingonyi
Music & Spoken Word Facilitator
Kayo Chingonyi (pronounced kai-o chin-gone-yee) is a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry
Glenn Sharp
Glenn Sharp
Musician
Glenn is a session musician, composer and producer. He is a session guitarist who specialises in traditional acoustic music (flamenco
Pat Mackman
Pat Mackman
Music Facilitator
Rioghnach Connolly
Rioghnach Connolly
Music Facilitator
Ríoghnach Connolly is a traditional singer and flautist from Armagh, in the northeast of Ireland. Bestowed with a rich familial
James Sandy
James Sandy
Film-Maker
Sam Jones
Sam Jones
Producer, Stone Flowers
Christine Adcock
Christine Adcock
Pro Bono Consultant
Christine Adcock trained as a Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist and is an amateur cellist. She has worked in the NHS
Debra King
Debra King
Pro Bono Consultant
Previously our Chair, Debra King has worked across the arts and education sector in management, creative producing and programming.  She
Ian Ritchie
Ian Ritchie
Pro Bono Consultant
Previously our Chair, Ian was also Artistic Director of the Setúbal Music Festival in Portugal, Artistic Director of The Musical
Dr Martyn Hudson
Dr Martyn Hudson
Evaluator and Consultant
Martyn has a PHD from Brunel University on Islam, science and philosophy and has written widely on arts and literature,
Alim Kamara
Alim Kamara
Spoken Word Facilitator
Award winning hip-hop artist and public speaker Alim Kamara, is one of the most original British motivational speakers, who successfully
Hassan Nezamian
Hassan Nezamian
Photographer
Originally from Iran, Hassan has worked with Music Action International for the past two years. He has been a photographer
Farhaan (Faz) Shah
Farhaan (Faz) Shah
Music Facilitator
Born in Oldham, Faz started playing the violin in studios and on tracks from an early age and moved into
Jaydev Mistry
Jaydev Mistry
Music Facilitator
Jaydev is a guitarist, percussionist and music technologist.  He won an Amnesty award for his music and has collaborated with
Adam ‘Madz’ Alnajjar
Adam ‘Madz’ Alnajjar
Music Facilitator
Madz is a 20 year old from Damascus, Syria, who has practiced and performed the art of beatboxing on streets
Merit Stephanos
Merit Stephanos
Music Facilitator
Merit Stephanos is a singer, composer, workshop leader and Professor of Music Outreach at the Royal College of Music, London.
Tim Steiner
Tim Steiner
Music Facilitator & Trainer
Tim Steiner is a composer and workshop facilitator with a specialty in devised and collaborative performance. He has directed hundreds
Ivana Gavrić
Ivana Gavrić
Ambassador
“Music has the wonderful power to transcend divisions of language, cultures and age, and can help bring people together, particularly
Jean Paul Samputu
Jean Paul Samputu
Ambassador & Music Facilitator
Jean Paul Samputu is a singer, songwriter, and musician from Rwanda. He has established himself as one of the most
Harry Christophers
Harry Christophers
Ambassador
“Music can add a semblance of sanity to a world that is full of conflict. I firmly believe that it
Lis Murphy
Lis Murphy
Creative Director
Lis Murphy has pioneered the use of singing and songwriting to support war and torture survivors find peace through personal
Nick Jones
Nick Jones
Programme Manager
Nick joined as a volunteer musician in the ‘Stone Flowers’ project in 2013, and has since progressed to a professional
Emmanuela Yogolelo
Emmanuela Yogolelo
Music Facilitator
Emmanuela Yogolelo is a singer, workshop leader and interpreter who fled war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is
Noga Ritter
Noga Ritter
Music Facilitator
Originally from Israel, Noga has lived in Europe for the last few years. She has performed with various projects in