Our Leaders, Co-ordinator, Support Workers, Musical Director and Volunteers all help run our groups.
Senior Leadership and Founders
Dr Sarah Miles
Managing Director and Founder
On completing her doctorate in cognitive neuropsychology at Cardiff University, Sarah’s specialisation in facial recognition took her to Headway Cardiff, where she was assistant manager of the day centre for people with acquired brain injuries. She followed her passion for working in research to Swansea University, where she worked on the Cognitive Function and Ageing study. This project explored wellbeing in later life, examining many different aspects of ageing, including dementia and depression. Working with older people, and seeing the clear benefits that singing and music brought for many of them, opened an opportunity to combine professional interest and her personal passion for music. Convinced of the demonstrable value of music in improving well-being, she and fellow enthusiast Kate set up With Music in Mind.
Kate graduated with a BSc (hons) in Physiotherapy from Kings College London in 2001. After working in acute care at Kings College Hospital, Camberwell, Kate specialised in Community Paediatric Physiotherapy at Southwark Primary Care Trust, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Scope and as a private physiotherapist. During her career working with children with disabilities and their families Kate has developed an interest in the importance of social support, and the impact that this can have on both the emotional and physical well-being of those with disabilities and the people who support and care for them. Her physiotherapy background also means that Kate is an advocate of singing as a way to improve chest health. She currently works as a physiotherapist for older people with additional needs, e.g. dementia, but remains an integral part of the organisation and on the board of directors.
After graduating as a nurse from The University of Wales, Cardiff, Lindsey worked in several different settings including Elderly Care Assessment Service, Rehabilitation, Cardio-thoracic surgery and District Nursing. It was during her time in the community that she witnessed the effects of isolation and loneliness within the older population and the subsequent health problems caused. Lindsey states that "working for WMIM is a wonderful and rewarding job. I love the community it has built and the friendship groups that have formed."
In her spare time Lindsey is also a silversmith and runs her own small business. She enjoys horse riding, craft projects, reading and walking her two dogs. She is also a member of the local Rock Choir.
Originally from Nottingham, Chloe moved to Cardiff in 2015 to study her undergraduate degree at RWCMD where she specialised in saxophone performance. Whilst at university, Chloe also worked as a support worker for adults with mental health conditions and learning disabilities, and since graduating in 2019 she has gone on to gain experience working in different settings, for example as a Carer for the elderly and as a Creative Facilitator with Touch Trust in Cardiff Bay, where she worked with people of all ages and with multiple disabilities. Chloe is very passionate about community music and alongside her work with With Music In Mind she is currently studying part-time towards her Masters in Music Therapy.
Since a young age, Matthew has always had a deep love and passion for music. This passion has ended up shaping his career, where he now takes great pride in influencing, nurturing and developing musicians of all ages, from all walks of life. His love of music developed in many ways, starting with the influence of his parents, both of whom are musical, and who encouraged his own interest in this area. This encouragement took several forms, including singing in his local church choir, and receiving piano tuition.
Later in life Matthew built on and expanded his musical skills, becoming either rehearsal pianist, or conductor, for various different choirs in and around the South West area.
Hannah first joined With Music In Mind as a volunteer with the intention of staying for one summer. She is a university tutor, so has more spare time in the summer to pursue activities such as travel and volunteering. Before joining With Music In Mind she volunteered as a swimming and basic surfing instructor for disabled teenagers and adults, and before that, she helped visually impaired students by transcribing educational books for compatibility with Braille and audio software.
Hannah has always been interested in singing and music, so With Music In Mind seemed like the perfect voluntary opportunity for her. She spent a few years in an amateur dramatics' society as a teenager where she won an award for singing. As a child she took lessons in piano, violin and recorder, and still tinkles on the piano. She also plays the guitar and ukulele (self-taught).
Finding With Music In Mind to be a wonderful organisation with lovely people and a great atmosphere, instead of staying for one summer, she became a permanent fixture of the Friday morning group in Cowbridge. She now schedules all her tutorials for Mondays to Thursdays so she can continue to be involved! As well as volunteering on Friday mornings, Hannah also helps out with other With Music In Mind projects whenever possible, such as Christmas concerts, a dementia-friendly performance in Cowbridge, a conference in Cardiff and recording a song and music video in St Athan.
Melanie lives in Llantrisant with her husband. She has two daughters, one studying biology at Exeter University, and the other who has just completed her master's degree researching the movement of Russell’s Vipers in India. Melanie works full time as a civil servant where she leads a team of about 70 people. Outside of work she likes to challenge herself and give back to the community.
As well as volunteering at With Music In Mind, she is also an assistant guide leader and a school governor. She loves the different perspectives these roles give her, and learns a lot from working with people she wouldn’t ordinarily meet. She finds her role at With Music in Mind very rewarding. Melanie also enjoys singing, reading, swimming, watching movies and baking. She has a black belt in taekwondo and is a qualified assistant taekwondo instructor.
Board of Directors
Dr Sarah Miles
Dr Terry Stuart
Terry is a husband, father of three sons and Welsh rugby supporter..... hence long term interest in stress management. GP, Post Grad teacher for Doctors in UHW, Director of TMPS LTD and member of the Professional Speaker Association.
Naomi is an experienced Physiotherapist who specialises in the care of older people with mental health conditions. Having originally graduated from Kings College London in 2001 she went on to complete an MSc in Ageing: Health and disease at Cardiff University in 2019. She is passionate about breaking down the barriers and stigmas of age and mental health in exercise.
Sarah is an astronomer at Swansea University with a passion for outreach and education in science. After graduating from Cardiff University in 2001 with a BSc(Hons) in Physics with Astronomy, she then continued her studies and obtained a PhD in Astronomy in 2005. Originally from North Wales, Sarah has always loved music and singing, and joined Cavatina Singers in Penarth in 2001 and has sung with them ever since. Sarah feels the benefits of these weekly choir meetings in her own physical and mental health and so is a strong supporter of the aims of With Music In Mind.