Who we are

  • Alexia Quin

    Founder and Director

    Alexia Quin is a professional music therapist who founded Music as Therapy International in 1995. As Director, Alexia has steered the charity from its original focus in Romania to working in other countries internationally and across the UK. Alongside her work for the charity, Alexia worked as a music therapist in the NHS for 15 years.  Her clinical specialism is children with severe learning disabilities, including complex needs, emotional difficulties and challenging behaviour.

  • Richard James


    Richard joined the Music as Therapy International team in 2016 and is responsible for leading all of our fundraising activities and public relations. He also works part-time for a communications agency specialising in the third sector, from which he brings his experience of raising charity profiles and engaging new supporters and followers.

  • Lotte van Buuren


    Lotte is responsible for the day-to-day administrative operations of the charity. Prior to joining the charity in March 2019, she worked at Victim Support and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).  Lotte is also a yoga teacher, mainly at Fierce Grace Hot Yoga. 

  • Makeda Mitchell

    Team Assistant

    Makeda was welcomed to Music as Therapy International at the beginning of 2018. She is responsible for supporting the development and delivery of projects by assisting the whole team, from fundraising and administration to project coordination. Makeda grew up half of her life in Ethiopia which sparked her ultimate ambition to running her own charity one day. She has a long track record of volunteering in projects which help vulnerable people. 

  • Freya Gibbs

    UK Programme Assistant

    Freya joined Music as Therapy International in February 2018 as the UK Programme Assistant, to provide support to the charity as it expands in the UK, especially with regard to the Interactive Music Making programme and developments in the care of people living with dementia and adults with learning disabilites. She also works part-time for the Standing Committee for Youth Justice, and has previously worked in various organisations in the third sector, from international health and nutrition to refugee advocacy. 

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