Meet the Board

Our Board members between them have a vast range of skills and experience, and all want to help Make Some Noise develop into a strong, successful organisation.

Merelyn Lobb (Chair, 2015)

Merelyn Lobb retired as Head of Learning and Skills Regimes at Swinfen Hall prison where over 600 young adult male prisoners are held. Merelyn has 20 years experience in further education teaching and management. Her work in prison focused on reducing re-offending, by offering training and education, alongside activities such as music, which engage and inspire, while developing skills and employability.

Ian Thomas

Ian Thomas is Head of Evaluation, Arts, British Council after leaving his post as Service Development Group Manager: Arts & Culture for Telford and Wrekin Council in 2016. Ian led the development of the Telford and Wrekin Music Education Hub and InHarmony Telford & Stoke. Ian previously worked for Arts Council England, West Midlands in the education and learning team liaising on Creative Partnerships, Arts Award, ArtsMark and Building Schools for the Future.

Rhys Harrington-Jones

Rhys Harrington-Jones is originally from Stafford although now lives and works in Switzerland. Rhys is a Product Manager for Northern Europe for global construction supply company, Hilti. This is Rhys' first Trustee role in the charitable sector and is looking forward to combining a love of a music and over 10 years of international sales, marketing, and PR expertise to raise the organisations business and public profile.

Adam Rooney

Adam Rooney worked for the Office of Rail Regulation before moving to Staffordshire County Council. As Policy Officer, Adam provides strategic policy guidance for senior management and elected members at the Council on Education and Skills, Community Safety, Adult Social Care and Children's Social Care Adam worked with Make Some Noise in 2010 for six months implementing elements of the Marketing & Communications Strategy as a Communications Officer (part of the National Graduate Development Programme). Adam brings over 5 years of policy experience to the organisation.

Julia McBride (Treasurer, 2016)

Julia McBride recently retired as Head of the MERIT Pupil Referral Unit in Stoke-on-Trent. MERIT caters for young people with medical needs. Julia has been involved with the education of vulnerable children and young people in Stoke-on-Trent for 11 years and before that in hospital education. Julia believes there is great reward in seeing young people achieve against the odds. Music has been a part of Julia???s life she learned to play the piano as a child and now enjoys listening to popular classics and songs with a story.

Claire Said

Claire Said is a Multi-media consultant for Staffordshire Life Magazine and Staffordshire Newsletter and was previously the Stafford Chamber Manager for Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce & Industry. Claire is an active supporter of charities in particular the RSPCA and MS Society following 3 years working with Multiple Sclerosis sufferers, from young adults to old. Claire like all kinds of music, ranging from Rhythm and Blues to Pop, and Classical and is hoping to combine her love of music, commerce and philanthropy to help develop Make Some Noise.

Nigel Senior (Company Secretary, 2016)

Nigel is Place Funding Manager for Staffordshire Council leading a team of bidding experts whose role is to apply for EU and UK funding to support projects and activities that contribute to the economic and social growth of Stoke on Trent & Staffordshire. This involves working with key government departments such as BIS, DWP and DCLG and other national funding providers including the Big Lottery Outside of work Nigel has been involved with the Stafford Town Dragons disability football team and in the past have had previous experience as a voluntary youth leader. Nigel's interests include walking, music concerts, cinema and theatre, motorsport and following the Welsh Rugby Union Team! whenever time permits . Having a son with a mild ASD condition, Nigel fully appreciates the challenges of young people to make their way in life including getting close to the job market!

Jo Blagg

Jo is an Arts Education Consultant based in Newcastle under Lyme, with an extensive background of supporting the educational and community development of organisations, in particular cultural venues. Jo's clients included Stoke on Trent City Council which appointed her as Lead Officer for the Creative and Media Diploma over a five year period, and Arts Council England who contracted her as an Artsmark Assessor. Previously Jo spent 25 years working as Education Officer/Creative Learning Manager at The New Vic Theatre and then The Victoria Hall and Regent Theatre, playing a key part in developing contemporary youth dance in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire in partnership with DanceXchange. Jo founded Art Link, an adult community arts project in 2005, and continues as Artistic Director to the present day.

Previous Board Members

The following Board Members have stepped down and we are all incredibly grateful for their expert guidance and generosity with their time. Their support has been invaluable. Garry Churchill, Eddie Evans, Maureen Compton, Mark Sutton, Sharon Jones, MaryB McGrath, Sarah Emery, Sue Colvin, Nigel M Taylor

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