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.
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 & 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.
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.