I originally come from Helensburgh in Scotland and now live in Edinburgh with my wife, Pam. I initially graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before studying as a music therapist and a music teacher. As a music therapist I began working with adults with learning disabilities in East Lothian and later with children who had a range of additional support needs in schools throughout Perthshire. In 1992 I moved to Northern College in Aberdeen where I focused particularly on the overlap between music therapy and music education. In 2002 I was the Programme Co-ordinator of the Postgraduate Diploma in Music Therapy (Nordoff-Robbins) at the Moray House School of Education (University of Edinburgh). This programme transferred to Queen Margaret University in 2005 and was then offered at Masters level; I was the Programme Leader until 2013. I have worked in a range of clinical settings including adult mental health, palliative care and forensic psychiatry. My doctoral research investigated the potential health benefits that may be acquired by patients and staff in a forensic setting when singing in a choir. I now work on a freelance basis as a music therapist in the areas of autism (Meadowbank Music Therapy Services) and perinatal depression (CrossReach, Church of Scotland). I also supervise music therapists in Scotland and Northern Ireland. I am the conductor of the Lauderdale Community Choir in the Scottish Borders. I joined the Board of Feniks in 2014 and am delighted to be the current Chair.