STAFF & TRUSTESS

Clare Langan
Chief Executive

Clare Langan, CEO, Lost Chord Dementia Charity

I have been a musician for Lost Chord for twenty years. The work has been integral to my growth both as a musician and more importantly as a human being. I have been a passionate ambassador for Lost Chord throughout my career and have supported Helena in any way I could as the charity grew. In the summer of 2021 it was my honour to be asked to consider building on the incredible legacy Helena has devoted her entire life to for the past 22 years.

The opportunity to navigate Lost Chord through the rapidly changing post pandemic world, along with the challenge to constantly evolve and serve in order to be the absolute best that Lost Chord can be, is something I would only be able to consider integrating into my work portfolio with the support of an actively engaged, strategically orientated and highly skilled board of Trustees, in addition to a work force of exceptional musicians and volunteers who deliver the outstanding interactive music sessions that Lost Chord is renowned for providing. Moving forward in a sustainable way, maximising to their potential the donations and funding will facilitate the greatest social impact possible which is integral to the ethos of Lost Chord.

Please contact us with any queries on 01709 811160 or message us. For urgent enquiries, when the office is closed, please contact Clare Langan on 07915 075 047.

Helena Muller
Founder & Ambassador

Helena Muller, Found & Chief Executive Lost Chord Charity

Helena Muller set up the charity Lost Chord 22 years ago. Helena initially spent time working for Live Music Now to give musicians straight out of their schools of music the opportunity of performing to a live audience. While working in care homes with this charity she was absolutely bowled over by the fact that there were people slumped in chairs showing no sign of life who would quite literally come to life with music. Having worked for the Alzheimer’s Society she realised that music could have a real impact on the lives of people with dementia. Helena inspires musicians and volunteers, through her commitment to the cause and her overwhelming belief that music can reach parts of the mind very little else can.

In 2009/10 Helena was nominated as the High Sheriff for South Yorkshire which gave her the opportunity to showcase Lost Chord and a platform on which to demonstrate what music can achieve. She was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield University for her work with dementia

Helena has never lost sight of the essence of Lost Chord; she has a natural warm manner with residents with whom she strikes up a great rapport utilising her down to earth approach and sense of humour to elicit great responses.

Anne-Marie Wilcock
Volunteer Co-ordinator

Anne-Marie Wilcock, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Lost Chord Dementia Charity

Anne-Marie has worked for the NHS as a Podiatrist for over 30 years and has volunteered with Lost Chord since 2010.

For the last 5 years she has delivered Singing for the Brain Sessions for the Alzheimer’s Society.
These roles have complimented each other and have helped her to both deliver and promote better care for people living with dementia.

Anne-Marie is married to Andy, a church Pastor.

When not working or volunteering Anne-Marie likes swimming, cooking, singing with her local community choir and spending time with her family and friends.

Lost Chord Trustees

Benjamin Frith
Chair

Ben has had a musical career spanning more than forty years, spurred on by youthful top prizes in the Busoni and Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competitions. These resulted in many exciting Concerto performances with such orchestras as the Warsaw Phil and Israel Philharmonic. He also made recording cycles for Naxos, principally of Mendelssohn and John Field, which spread his name around the musical world.

Concentrating on chamber music in recent years, he became pianist in the renowned Gould Piano Trio, with an extensive discography and made many tours to N. America. The trio have become regulars at London’s Wigmore Hall and enjoy giving master classes to talented young chamber groups.

Ben’s connection to Lost Chord began many years ago at a house concert he gave, attended by Founder, Helena Muller, following which, she invited him to become a trustee. Her enthusiasm was infectious and it was fascinating to see the workings of a charity- the problems that have to be overcome, and the strategies that have to be made.

Now in 2022 he is very happy to Chair the Board since the inception of new CEO, Clare Langan, hoping to help make a difference to people’s lives through music.

Dr Malcolm Venables
Trustee

I am married with two grown up children and two grandchildren. I have worked in General Practitioner, for 36 yrs. I had no hesitation accepting an invitation to join Lost Chord as a trustee. I have seen what the power of music can achieve, to trigger emotions, feelings and memories in people with dementia. A family member, sadly no longer with us, suffered with vascular dementia. She benefited greatly by attending dementia cafes, participating in interactive music sessions. I hope, by supporting the organisation as a trustee, I can help them continue to provide the invaluable support they provide to patients and relatives living with this devastating disease.

Antoune Holmes
Trustee

Following a career in Electrical Engineering traveling the world and returning to the UK, after twenty Years living in the USA as Managing Director for Electrical Motor Manufacturing and distribution in the UK.

Following three years of retirement, joined Doncaster Colleges Group, North Lindsey Campus in Scunthorpe in 2018 as a part time Tutor in Business and Technology, specialising in Wind Turbine Technician Training for SiemensGamesa Mechatronics Apprentices.

Was carer for my Mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s in her final years.

Mark Procter
Trustee

Mark is a self-employed management consultant specialising in Strategic Leadership. He teaches strategy and leadership as well as working with management teams to develop their business strategy and team working. Prior to his 20+ years of self-employment Mark held a variety of management roles in the computing and telecommunications sectors.

Mark has been a volunteer with Lost Chord for several years and therefore also brings a client and service perspective.

Mark lives in Sheffield, close to the Peak District, where he and his partner Adele enjoy outdoor activities such as walking, rock climbing and mountain biking.