LCUK TEAM & TRUSTEES
Jean Collingwood Chief Executive
Jean joined our team in January 2024, bringing with her over 20 years of invaluable experience in the charity sector, encompassing both music and health. Her guiding principles are focused on delivering impact, anchored in a profound passion for the transformative effects of music therapy.
Her musical roles include the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra’s £5 million world tour, The BACH CANTATA Pilgrimage. Sir David Hill and The Bach Choir, and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Locally, Jean has been a tireless advocate for music communities, founding a Facebook group that champions bands and musicians while promoting free live music accessibility.
Jean’s health experience includes a three-year as Chair of mental health tribunals and Hull & Holderness NHS Trust and Charity. The first CEO of The Drinkaware Trust, led Great British Wheelchair Rugby as its inaugural CEO, and serviced as Public Affairs Director at Leonard Cheshire championing the talents, rights, and welfare of disabled people, including those with dementia.
Her personal connection to Lost Chord runs deep, rooted in her family’s history of running a residential home that championed music therapy for two decades. Jean fervently believes in the unique and transformative power of music to reconnect people, bring joy, and retrieve lost memories.
When not leading our team, Jean enjoys the serenity of Scarborough beach with her furry companion and engages in her creative pursuits of writing articles, stage plays, and screenplays.
Lynsey Greenwood Operations Manager
Lynsey Greenwood joined us on 5th June, 2023 as Operations Manager. Lynsey is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the charity, ensuring that all duties are conducted with professionalism as well as transparency, clarity, integrity and purpose, these being Lost Chord UK’s respected core values.
Lynsey brings a wealth of knowledge and experience having previously worked in public, private and third sector environments. Lynsey is highly organised, motivated and passionate about helping Lost Chord UK reach its goals and objectives.
Lynsey likes spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys walking her dog, travelling and musical theatre.
Andy Foster Digital Design & Marketing
Andy Foster has worked for Lost Chord UK since the charity’s inception in 1999. He is responsible for a variety of our creative media including: branding, event campaigns, promotional print, our website and social media. Andy has spent nearly three decades working in the design sector specialising in digital design and marketing for a variety of organisations. He currently works two days a week for Lost Chord UK.
Andy especially enjoys spending time with his family and friends with some good food. He loves to travel and meet people from different parts of the globe. He also finds gardening very therapeutic and loves exploring the outdoors: camping, walking and mountain biking.
John Highfield Publicity
John Highfield has been looking after Lost Chord UK’s newspaper, magazine, radio and television publicity for more than a decade.
Originally an award-winning journalist, specialising in theatre, cinema, television and the arts, he also edited a range of lifestyle and business magazines.
He lives with his family in Sheffield and when he is not looking after publicity for a range of charities, businesses and arts organisations, he is an enthusiastic amateur actor, dance lover, reader and fan of silent and Golden Age movies from both Hollywood and Europe.
LCUK’s very own merchandise creator!
Gill volunteers her time and talent to help us make even more impact and to bring a smile to everyone’s face. Gill’s first project was to create bespoke Choir of Hope Badges for every member of the choir and session leaders. She has also created stickers for community concert attendees which are always really appreciated by children. If you have talents you would like to share with LCUK – reach out to: email@example.com
Lost Chord Trustees
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.
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.
I am a retired civil servant. Wherever I am and whatever I’m doing, music makes me tick. My link to Lost Chord came when a family member was diagnosed with a rare form of early onset dementia and lived some of their final years in a care home. I already knew a little of the joy that music can give to people with memory problems and this was cemented by seeing Lost Chord musicians in action. I’m so happy to support them in continuing that wonderful work.
I retired from a career in Electrical Engineering which saw me work in the USA for 20 years. On returning to the UK, I became Managing Director for an Electrical Motor Manufacturing and distribution company in the UK. Following three years of retirement, in 2018 I joined Doncaster Colleges Group, North Lindsey Campus in Scunthorpe as a part time Tutor in Business and Technology, specialising in Wind Turbine Technician Training for Siemens Gamesa Mechatronics Apprentices. Lost Chord UK is close to my heart as I was the carer for my Mother, who lived with Alzheimer’s in her final years. I am also a passionate Rotarian and am President of Scunthorpe Pentagon Rotary Club.
I have been a singer with Lost Chord for several years and in that time it has been a pleasure to see and experience first hand the incredible effect our Lost Chord sessions have on the lives of people living with dementia. During my Covid gap year I did courses in singing for health studying the impact of singing on people with mental health, depression, chronic pain and lung problems. I believe in the transformative power of music and enjoy seeing the way it changes our physical health and wellbeing.
Having previously worked at Lost Chord as Operations Manager, for over 15 years, I am fully aware of the good work that Lost Chord does. I am passionate about the aims of the Charity in terms of sharing the power of music with people with dementia and more widely. Throughout my time, I enjoyed working with the Volunteers and Musicians who bring so much to the work Lord Chord does.
In addition to my experience working directly for Lost Chord, I have been involved for over 18 years in Governance of both Primary & Secondary schools and also Charity Governance. I am currently the Chair of a Board of Trustees of a Secondary Multi Academy Trust. I hope to bring this Governance experience and knowledge of the working at Lost Chord to the Board of Trustees. I look forward to working with Clare, the Trustees, Volunteers and Musicians to develop and grow the Charity.