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 actively 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:

Steve Barrett-White – Chairman, Operations & Commercial 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 (introducing the Amiga in the UK). After a spell at Phillips 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 a team of staff supporting 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.

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Marcus Harborne – HR, Health & Safety and Tour 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 as a Business Development Manager for 15 large catering outlets. In 1998, Marcus set up his own consultancy - Harborne Innpact Services Ltd, providing training on all aspects of hospitality, catering, licensing law, premises licensing and health 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 all parts of the country 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 along with other charitable activities. 

 

Chris & Joanne Powell – Co-Directors, Preservation & Promotion of the Cinema Organ
Chris is one of the UK’s premier ‘entertainment organists’ as well as a truly international ambassador in the field of electronic and theatre organ music. His education and formative years growing up in Lancashire saw him pursue his love of music with piano and organ studies culminating in a string of engagements for both local concerts and dances from the age of 14 onwards. By the time he was 18, he had joined the prestigious team of organists playing for dancing at the Tower Ballroom Blackpool, and begun a successful career performing electronic and pipe organ music at venues across the UK.

Joanne was ten years of age when she started to play the organ. Lessons by a church organist on a piano were the order of the day until an organ shop opened in her home-town of Gainsborough. She then transferred to lessons at the shop, given by an ex-theatre organist. At the age of seventeen, she turned full-time professional and has never looked back. Christened the "Queen of the Hammond" by Ian Wolstenholme after being featured on his radio show, Joanne maintains a loyalty to the Hammond sound. She currently performs on a Key B Duo electronic organ with a Ketron SD3 expander, and is equally at home at the console of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.

Chris and Joanne married in December 2019, and travel the country supporting each other, appearing in concerts both separately and together. Not only do they perform regularly at the Musical Museum, but as Trustees they are also responsible for leading the Musical Museum's third charitable objective - to preserve, promote and present the theatre pipe organ as an instrument with a significant role in the development of light music, on radio and in the cinema and as a musical art form.

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. He can also be heard at the console of the Museum's Wurlitzer playing for tours, films and events. 

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Simon Hill – Emeritus Director of Technology

Simon Hill, CITP MBCS MRI served as Museum Trustee and Vice-Chairman from 2015 - 2021, and continues to advise the Museum pro-bono on matters relating to our IT infrastructure. Simon is Head of Insight and Operational Dynamics for Domestic & General; he was previously a consultant specialising in business transformation and technology, with a career spanning a number of senior roles at a range of national and global brands.