The Modern day composer should be an integral part of the community. The work should not only be for the enjoyment of the public but should aim to serve the needs of the community by highlighting issues, raising awareness and celebrating the cohesive power of the culture and the arts.
— John Mchugh - Artistic Director - Music in Mind


  • To promote and protect the good health of the general public through the use of music and the arts.

  • To advance the education of the public in the health benefits of music and the arts through educational workshops and performance.



Music in Mind offers performance projects, workshops and a range of services that use music and the arts to promote health awareness, education and community cohesion. 


  • Music in Mind in health believes in the power of music to transform lives, to stimulate creative thinking and to promote and increase public awareness around health and well being. 


  • Music In Mind in the community explores the positive role that music can play in society. Projects, workshops and performances aim to support and educate the wider community about issues of heritage, belonging and identity.


  • Music In Mind in education promotes the benefits of music in learning and teaching. We offer a range of services for schools and colleges including staff CPD, cross – curricular projects and especially designed concert/lectures to inspire and stimulate the imagination.



  • Our vision is to raise awareness of the far reaching benefits of music and the arts to the public health and well being. We promote the latest scientific research into the effects of music and the arts on brain functioning and to promote the unique power of the arts to improve everyone's quality of life from stimulating creative thinking in children to raising awareness around important public issues such as dementia.


                                                             BOARD OF TRUSTEES

ALAN PENTON - Chair of Trustees

Alan completed over thirty years service in the UK fire and rescue service in a wide range of roles up to strategic management level. He is the Managing Director of Belvidere Park Consultants, whose activities focus on Risk Management and Health Creation.

He continues to provide risk management services to both private and public sector organisations particularly in the area of fire safety. He is also an active member of the National Fire Cadet Board, Executive Team of the National Fire Chiefs Council.

As Fellow of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, Healthier Places, Healthy Lives Programme,
he provided extensive experience, passion, support and leadership of a prevention based approach to the inequality challenges in social and health & wellbeing. His experiences on the programme led to him being invited to become a volunteer member of the National Executive of the New NHS Alliance as the Fire and Rescue Service Special Advisor.



Mark is a director, Marine and Trade of Stormonth Shipping Ltd. Mark has worked in shipping since 1979 joining Goldman Sachs in 1993 before leaving to work for Morgan Stanley in 2003 to set up a shipping business. He joined Barclays Bank plc in 2008. After the bank withdrew from physical oil trading in 2013 mark established Stormonth Shipping Ltd to continue his relationship with the industry.

Mark's professional experience is highly commercial having been a freight trader, charter, operator and ship owner. Mark successfully passed his MA equivalent level 7 Diploma in Corporate Governance in October 2016.

In 2007 Mark successfully led a team of climbers on the Six peak challenge in support of Water Aid winning the coveted 'Scafell Pike' trophy for most money raised. Fund raising for Water Aid continued until 2011 raising a total sum of £250,000 for the charity. Mark's non shipping interests include rugby, shooting, cycling, history and reading books in the sun at his villa near Barcelona with his wife, daughter and four dogs.



Ade is a partner in a General practice in Liverpool. He is passionate about quality in healthcare within the NHS. he is a member of the Royal college of general practitioners.

In his spare time Ade enjoys squash and is an active member of the prestigious Northern Club in Crosby, Liverpool. He is married with three children.



Mark has been a Chartered Accountant for over 20 Years and immediately after qualifying worked in Practice for 5 years including 3 years as an Audit Manager at Grant Thornton.

Since moving into Industry he has held numerous roles the most significant being for 8 years as the European Finance Manager for Colormatrix Europe Ltd, an international Manufacturing Company during a period when annual turnover grew from £20m to over £50m and operations were established in The Netherlands, Hong Kong, China and Russia.

Mark is currently working as the Finance Director for a manufacturing group in the North West which incorporates 4 trading companies, implementing new systems and procedures to create a structure that will enable the business to grow significantly and deliver shareholder returns.