The Musical Museum's Trustees make up our board of Directors, and have a broad spectrum of backgrounds and experience. Our Trustees volunteer to apply their skills, experience and contacts to help us achieve our charitable objectives, grow the museum's visitors, reach new audiences, and build a sustainable future for our collections.
The Museum is always looking for new Trustees; if you have relevant experience and would like to apply to join our board, please click here to find our more. Our current Trustees are:
Chris Barber – Chairman & Director of Music
Chris Barber, MBA, BSc, MCIPD, ARCM is a consultant specialising in organisational design and change management. Chris provides advice to public and private sector companies to help them meet challenges imposed by changes in the business environment. He has worked both in the UK and overseas, holding senior roles in a variety of large organisations.
Chris joined the Museum 10 years ago as the Museum’s resident organist; he is a trained concert artist having studied piano at the Royal College of Music and organ at Cambridge. He has played at many theatre organ venues in the UK and the USA, as well as being featured on BBC Radio 2’s The Organist Entertains. Chris has played on cruise ships, worked as a session musician and was a regular pianist with the Ron Goodwin Orchestra for many years.
In addition to his role leading our Board of Directors, Chris oversees the musical life of the Museum, and the curation of our exhibits relating to the Cinema Organ. Chris also produces (and plays in) many of the Museum’s concerts. When not at his desk or the console of The Mighty Wurlitzer, Chris likes to pursue his passion for motorcycling. His other main interests are in the restoration of his own Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ, and the preservation of the Burrell Scenic Road Locomotive “Dragon.”
Steve Barrett-White – Operations & Commercial Development Director
Steve Barrett-White first worked in the record industry in a number of roles, followed by Acorn Computers working on the BBC Micro, then Commodore Computers to introduce the Amiga in the UK. After a spell at Philips and SPC, he entered the A/V market, working for distributors and dealers. He joined the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as their only A/V technician 16 years ago, and retired as their Audio Visual Manager in October 2019, where he was responsible for A/V at RIBA’s London HQ and their offices around the country.
Steve is much in demand as a presenter/lecturer in microphone techniques and sound in general. He has an extensive library of microphones and sound equipment, and regularly produces recordings for radio and for orchestras, cinema organists, choirs and jazz bands across the UK and Europe.
Mark Blackwell – Finance Director
Mark Blackwell, ACMA, is a professional accountant and responsible for the financial well-being of the Museum. Having worked his way up through industry and qualifying in 1992, Mark worked in the IT and Leasing industries, attaining the role of European Finance Director of a large US corporate. Following the sale of this company, he set up his own consultancy supporting local businesses and people with their accounting and self-assessments. Approximately 30% of his firm's clients are small to medium sized charities, where he not only assists with their statutory requirements and day-to-day finances but also grant applications and governance.
Although he is a busy professional, music has always played a very important part in Mark’s life. He started as resident organist at Twickenham United Reform Church at the age of 14 and has played in various churches ever since, as well as running numerous choirs, including a peripatetic choir that provides choral support to cathedrals when the resident choir is away. Mark has also played piano and electronic keyboard for many stage shows, and was Musical Director for the Spelthorne Gang Show (with over 100 young people) for 10 years.
Marcus Harbourne – Health & Safety Executive & HR Director
Marcus first visited the Museum in 2016, and like many before him, was captivated by the sights and sounds he experienced there. Marcus joined as a tour guide, and latterly became a trustee. His working life has been spent in the licensed retail industry, including being a manager for Forte Hotels for 5 years, with Courage Brewing as an area manager responsible for some 28 public houses, and Morland Brewery in 1983 as a Business Development Manager for 15 large catering outlets. In 1998, Marcus set up his own consultancy - Harborne Innpact Services, providing training on all aspects of hospitality, catering, licensing law, premises licencing and heath and safety best practice - all skills which have been of enormous practical help to the Musical Museum in recent years.
Marcus still runs his company, and covers some 25,000 miles a year in the delivery of various contracts. He is an active member of his local church and a long-standing governor of an independent school in High Wycombe as well as President of the school's PTA.
Simon Hill – IT / Technical Director & Vice-Chairman
Simon Hill, MRI MBCS CITP has been with the Museum since 2015, and oversees our technical and IT infrastructure. Simon is currently Head of Insight for Domestic & General, and has a varied and successful business career; Vice-President at a global outsourcing company, Director of Insight & Decision Science at Sky, and senior roles at Dell, MasterCard, Bupa, Camelot, Vodafone and Cable & Wireless.
Simon brings with him a lifelong appreciation of music - and pipe organs in particular - which stems from his early years as a Cathedral Chorister. In addition to his technical knowledge as a Chartered IT Professional, he also has experience in stagecraft, which began with his first job as a stage electrician at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth and continues through his hobbies as a pyrotechnician and lighting designer. He is also responsible for the technical design of the Museum's live concerts and events, our online presence and digital broadcasting capability.
Colin Lenton-Smith – Outreach Strategy & Fundraising Director
Colin qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1979 and held a number of financial roles between 1979 and 1990 with multinational companies in the chemicals and plastics and IT industries. In 1990 he joined ICL (which became Fujitsu) where he gained extensive commercial experience leading teams across some of Fujitsu’s largest UK and international accounts, negotiating complex multi-million pound contracts and managing their subsequent commercial operation. Colin retired in September 2018; in addition to his role manging the Musical Museum's fundraising strategy, he is currently also Trustee & Treasurer of the Ealing Music Therapy Project, and in March 2020 joined Cruse Bereavement Care as a Volunteer for Corporate Fundraising.
Michael J Wood – Conservation & Exhibition Director
Mike’s association with the Museum began in 2006, when as a volunteer, he spent many hours with the team dismantling and moving the collection to the new building - and then rebuilding, repairing and displaying the collection in the various galleries. Mike read Mathematics at the University of St Andrew’s followed by post graduate studies. He joined IBM and was responsible for sales and marketing to a variety of large companies, and post-retirement became chair of a charity that offered independent services and practical help to local care givers. Mike is an accomplished musician and accompanist to local choirs and choral societies (occasionally taking charge of the baton). He is currently organist at St. Nicholas Church in Shepperton, and for the past 24 years Mike has been the principal accompanist for the highly-regarded Weybridge Male Voice Choir, and can also be heard at the console of the Museum's Wurlitzer playing for tours, films and events.