Lis Murphy

Creative Director

Lis Murphy is Director of Music Action International.  She 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 Mali superstars Amadou and Mariam and a … Read More

Ian Ritchie – Vice-Chair

Artistic Director of the Setúbal Music Festival in Portugal, Artistic Director of The Musical Brain, was until recently 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 … Read More

Paul Cowham – Treasurer

Treasurer and freelance accountant specialising in the charity and voluntary sector. Paul works with and advises a wide range of charities and other organisations on financial and related matters. In his spare time he is a keen musician playing a range of folk styles on the guitar and mandolin.

Debra King – Chair

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.  It is based at Band on … Read More

Christine Adcock

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 … Read More

Ralph Kennedy

Ralph Kennedy joined Music Action International as Business Development Manager in September 2012.  He has since worked as Head of Operations and Development at Making Music, and is now with the Clore Foundation, remaining with Music Action International as a board member.  Ralph holds a degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford and … Read More

Dino Moutsopoulos

Commercial Director for Place North West, the leading NW property publisher, Dino has previous commercial experience of managing venues, events and festivals throughout the region. Dino has worked in the Music industry delivering profitable sales and marketing packages for Yamaha, NAMM, Messe Frankfurt, Reed Midem and D’Addario. Dino also launched the b2b music, Gig Magazine … Read More

Leon Patel

Based in Manchester UK, Leon is a freelance musician, project manager and director of three leading cultural arts organisations. As a musician, he is fascinated by all things percussive. For the last 20 years he has focused on Afro-centric music and arts traditions eventually finding his main passion and focus in Afro-Brazilian music and carnival … Read More