Who we are

  • Alexia Quin

    Founder and Director

    Alexia Quin is a British music therapist who founded Music as Therapy International in 1995. Alexia originally visited Romania as a volunteer for eight months in 1992. With this experience behind her, she felt that skill-sharing might have a longer term impact than volunteering and that music therapy could offer a way to address some of the emotional needs of children and adults at risk in Romania. From this grew Music as Therapy International and, 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 Music as Therapy International, 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.

  • Shannon Perkins Carr

    Administration and Compliance Officer

    Shannon is responsible for the day-to-day administrative operations of the charity, as well as managing our regulatory compliance and internal policies. She is also a qualified music therapist, working with children and adolescents with a range of disabilities and special educational needs. Prior to joining the charity in 2013, Shannon worked as an administrator in higher education, as well as a guitar instructor and musician. 

  • Richard James


    Richard joined the Music as Therapy International team in 2016 and is responsible for leading our five strands of fundraising:  Regular Donors, Major Donors, Trusts, Corporate Partnerships and Community Fundraising.

    He also works part-time for a communications agency specialising in the third sector, from which he will bring his experience of raising charity profiles and engaging new supporters and followers.

  • Magda Pata

    Distance Learning Programme Officer (freelance)

    Magda Pata has significant experience in working through combined arts and music with children and adults with disabilities in Romania and the UK. She started working with us on a freelance basis many years ago, as our translator.  In recent years she has provided her specialist consultancy to establish and develop our Distance Learning Programme in Romania and will this year be steering its pilot delivery in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

  • Makeda Mitchell

    Team Assistant

    Makeda was welcomed to Music as Therapy International at the beginning of 2018. She is responisble 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. Makeda is now looking forward to getting a grasp of the field by understanding the contribution that Music as Therapy International makes. 

  • 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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