OUR TEAM

Heather Phillips

CEO

Heather set up Choirs Beating Time in 2014. Having established over 25 Office Choirs in her first solo venture “SingingWorks” she wanted to give that same sense of community

Heather set up Choirs Beating Time in 2014. Having established over 25 Office Choirs in her first solo venture “SingingWorks” she wanted to give that same sense of community and creative confidence to people serving sentences. Her first career was in law. For 10 years she was a corporate finance partner in a London Law Firm, financing TV shows, like Bob The Builder. She then invested in a client’s start up and was an active Director of The Listening Company which had over 3000 employees when sold. She is an enthusiastic (exceptionally amateur!) musician.

“I’ve been part of some great professional teams, but it was as a member of a Community Choir that I felt the disproportionate strength of a team that makes music together. I believe, the strength of “choir” comes down to trust: being trusted, trusting others and trusting ourselves. As a lawyer I was lucky to work with many amazing entrepreneurial people. Each of them was creative, courageous and a natural communicator. Our Entrepreneurs Programme, UpStart grew out of a recognition that many of our Singers share those strengths, along with an appetite for risk. Inside Job is UpStart’s first business, a recruitment consultancy run by a serving prisoner for prisoners: its founder Jonathan is an inspiration”

Rachel Mace

Director

Rachel was a real estate lawyer for 15 years and a former partner at global law firm, Mayer Brown. She joined Beating Time in 2016 first as a volunteer and then as a Director.

Rachel was a real estate lawyer for 15 years and a former partner at global law firm, Mayer Brown. She joined Beating Time in 2016 first as a volunteer and then as a Director.

Rachel works alongside Heather on the day-to-day running of the charity and also heads up our Kent prisons project. She is a keen amateur musician.

“Many of us turn to music in times of stress. Prison is one of the most stressful environments imaginable for most people. As successive prison inspectors keep telling successive governments, our prisons are dangerous, dirty and drug ridden. It’s difficult to remain a recognisable version of yourself in prison. It’s even harder to summon the self-belief necessary to attempt to get your life back on track. I’m proud of the work we do being a reliable positive presence every week for people serving sentences: gradually building up their confidence to claim a place back in their communities.”

SALLY DEBIAGE

Midlands Manager

Sally runs our 4, shortly to be 6, prison projects in the Midlands. Sally has spent her life working with people on the margins, often using the Arts to engage people to build the

Sally runs our 4, shortly to be 6, prison projects in the  Midlands. Sally has spent her life working with people on the margins, often using the Arts to engage people to build the relationships necessary to offer practical help.

As well as working for Beating Time she is the Manager of The Choir With No Name, a 50 strong homeless choir in Birmingham. Every week she mobilizes a small army of volunteers and professional musicians to enable its members to sing and eat together – and access other forms of support. Prior to that she worked for several Housing Associations in Birmingham, helping people set up home and maintain their tenancies. After Theatre School, she worked with children suffering family breakdown, using the creative Arts to help them access and process difficult emotions.

Sarah Rigby

Bookkeeper

Sarah is our bookkeeper, numbers person and banker. Sarah teaches Maths and does a variety of financial work as a freelancer

Sarah is our bookkeeper, numbers person and banker. Sarah teaches Maths and does a variety of financial work as a freelance. Before that she worked as a programmer in the City.

Following the imprisonment of a family member she decided she wanted to be involved, in some way, with prison reform. Keeping us straight financially is her practical and invaluable contribution to Beating Time.

“My personal experience convinced me that any of us can end up behind bars. One bad decision, impulsive reaction, ill-chosen friend…The experience was traumatic for him and the whole family. It went far beyond a loss of freedom, livelihood and family. My relative was lucky. We ensured he came out to a home and a job. Beating Time aspires to create something close to family for many of the people we work with, being there for them, without fail, every week and being proactive about how we can help people. ”

SARAH INGLIS

Executive Officer

Sarah is our chief administrator. She helps Heather and Rachel with all aspects of compliance, tech, evaluation and

Sarah is our chief administrator. She helps Heather and Rachel with all aspects of compliance, communications, tech, evaluation and fundraising, she is deeply interested on an academic and personal level in who various societies allow to “belong” and what it is that enables individuals to feel they belong.

“I wasn’t sure I’d feel I had a lot in common with the people Beating Time works with. But I’ve meet young women, people, like me, fresh out of university, people of every nationality, creed and colour. Our prisons are the most diverse communities imaginable. I happen to be deaf. Really simple practical things can make a huge difference to my ability to achieve things. It’s the same for many people serving sentences, not re-judging, a bit of belief and encouragement go a long way”

Bally Nijjar

Co-Director of Inside Job

Bally has been working as a professional recruiter for the last 20 years and has worked for award winning consultancies throughout his

Bally has been working as a professional recruiter for the last 20 years and has worked for award winning consultancies throughout his career.

Bally began his recruitment career with Computer Futures in 2001 learning from some of the best IT recruiters around. Since 2010, Bally has been recruiting engineers and has placed hundreds of people into employment. He has fulfilled one-off business critical roles all the way up to teams of 20 engineers. Bally is highly motivated by helping people in any capacity but especially coaching and mentoring people and opening up opportunities to help them realise their full potential.

“Inside Job is working hard to help people get back on track. I want our Candidates to go home as working parents and role models and to contribute to our community. I want employers to realise the huge benefit our candidates can bring to their teams: hard work, resilience, diversity and loyalty. Not least, we are helping to reduce the appalling reoffending rate in the UK and putting millions back into the public purse: hopefully, to be spent on something more productive than prison.”

Jonathan Floyd

Founder & Co-Director of Inside Job

Jonathan is serving a 15 year prison sentence in HMP Birmingham. He is a father of 4. In his previous life he was an estate agent, picking up

Jonathan is serving a 15 year prison sentence in HMP Birmingham. He is a father of 4. In his previous life he was an estate agent, picking up picking up an award from Phil Spencer at the Dorchester for Best North West Agency of the Year

Brought up in some of Manchester’s most socially deprived neighbourhoods (including the estate where “Shameless” was filmed) by a single Mum with 4 children and no support from their Dad’s, Jon won a scholarship to a top public school. Challenges at home caused him to leave home and drop out of school. Jon picked up a minor conviction on his 17th Birthday. Having to declare it, he then found it hard to get work. Slipping into the Madchester scene of the early 90’s he drifted into delinquent behaviour and ended up in prison.

At 28 Jon started over. Expecting his first child, he enrolled at college as a mature student and got a start in Estate Agency. Fifteen years of hard work, 7 day weeks, followed, happily channelling his efforts into his growing family. He had purpose and was on track. However, in the 2008 financial crisis Jon’s business failed, his marriage fell apart and so did Jon. Jon reached back into the familiarity of his past. Looking for self-esteem, and a way out of financial problems, in all the wrong places, he got involved in large scale drug importation. Desperate people often do desperate things.

In prison Jon has made everyday count. Inspired by the support of his family, he reactivated the values and beliefs he lived by in his former conventional life. He is a Listener (a Samaritan), a Wellbeing Mentor, runs the Gym, leads the Prison Council, is doing a degree, is an UpStart Peer Mentor and, Founder and Co-Director of Inside Job. His commitment to Inside Job has caused him to turn down a place in an Open Prison. Jon knows he has done wrong and accepts his punishment.

What he won’t accept, for himself or his fellow inmates, is that he can never work again, or provide for his family, or use his life experience to help build a better society. He is determined to help others prepare for a meaningful life after prison.

“I have known Jon for 2 years. He is a real inspiration to me and the Team. Lots of us have problematic childhoods (I did). But some of us have people in our orbit who enable us to break the gravitational pull that seems determined to keep us down. I did. Jon didn’t. Jon’s past is not his future, together, we are going to ensure that’s the case for lots of other people serving sentences, who are in the Beating Time Orbit!”

“Inside Job is working hard to help people get back on track. I want our Candidates to go home as working parents and role models and to contribute to our community. I want employers to realise the huge benefit our candidates can bring to their teams: hard work, resilience, diversity and loyalty. Not least, we are helping to reduce the appalling reoffending rate in the UK and putting millions back into the public purse: hopefully, to be spent on something more productive than prison.”

Pete Churchill

Head of the Musical Team

Pete began conducting choirs an as organ scholar at Oxford. Since then he has devoted himself to community music making in schools,

Pete began conducting choirs an as organ scholar at Oxford. Since then he has devoted himself to community music making in schools, mental health settings, prisons and with the homeless. He is also the Musical Director of the Award Winning homeless Choir “Choir with No Name”. A musical chameleon he plays all genres of music and multiple instruments. Pete heads up our Choirs Beating Time programme in the Midlands. As well as several Choirs, he runs a therapeutic mental health project in HMP Birmingham,  Family Days and records programmes for Prison Radio. He founded Free Spiritz, our group “on the out” to enable people to continue making music post release.

“Music transforms us all. In prison, it can change the way people see and understand themselves and the way other people experience them. My job is to help people know they are valued and make them part of something they are proud of. ”

www.peterchurchill.co.uk | www.choirwithnoname.org |www.musicalconnections.info

Gina Baker

Musical Director

Gina studied singing at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and is passionate about connecting people through music. She works

Gina studied singing at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and is passionate about connecting people through music. She works with Pete running our Choirs in HMP’s Birmingham and Rye Hill.

She also runs an NHS choir and a community choir for Cheltenham Music Festivals. She volunteers for the homeless project “Choir With No Name”. Gina also teaches singing and is the vocal coach for the University of Leicester Chorus. Although classically trained, Gina has a versatile voice and enjoys singing Jazz, Musical Theatre and Pop.

“We have some really talented musicians in our Choirs with fantastic voices. I get a lot out of helping people discover different versions of themselves through music. I am learning all the time from this great musical team and pushing myself and our choirs to be ever more creative and ambitious ”

www.ginabakermusic.com | @ginabakermusic

Katy Rose Bennett

Musical Director

Katy is a professional singer, songwriter, composer, community musician, choir leader and music therapist. She works in

Katy is a professional singer, songwriter, composer, community musician, choir leader and music therapist. She works in educational, health, community and prison settings. She runs our Projects in YOI Brinsford with Claire.

Katy also runs Birmingham-based community singing group, Moseley Voices and is co-director of In Her Shoes. As a Music Therapist, Katy has supported people with autism, learning difficulties, dementia and other difficulties. She has written and released five albums of original songs. She is a former BBC Young Folk Award finalist and has performed across the UK for 15 years.

“I know first-hand the transformative power of music, it’s ability to reflect or even change how you feel. I love enabling others to communicate and develop through music. I’m extraordinarily proud of the young men we work with at Brinsford and the progress they have made.”

www.katyrosebennett.com | www.inhershoes.org.uk

Amelia Carr

Music Director

Amelia is a singer, voice coach and singing teacher whose career is mainly in Musical Theatre. She has an MA in Musical Pedagogy.

Amelia is a singer, voice coach and singing teacher whose career is mainly in Musical Theatre. She has an MA in Musical Pedagogy. She runs our only female Choir “The Stone Maidens”.

Amelia trained in Musical Theatre and has appeared in many roles including as Sandy in Grease, Kathy in Singing In The Rain and Maria in The Sound of Music. She ran a performing arts school for 12 years and still trains young people for professional Musical Theatre careers. With her policeman husband, she organises a weekly community soup run for the homeless.

“Prison affects women in a different way to men. It rocks the foundation of their identity as carers and nurturers. Their confidence evaporates. I love bringing people out of themselves, finding their biggest voice and boldest performance. Women in prison really need to discover that within themselves and take strength and confidence from it.”

www.ameliacarrvoice.com

Claire Fowler

Musical Director

Claire is a “Singing for Health and Wellbeing” practitioner and teacher, community choir leader, vocal coach and professional singer.

Claire is a “Singing for Health and Wellbeing” practitioner and teacher, community choir leader, vocal coach and professional singer. With Katy, she runs our projects in Brinsford working with young men.

Claire teaches singing in schools and runs several Community Choirs. She works with groups of people affected by Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Chronic Lung Health problems using singing to improve physical as well as mental health. Until 2016 Claire worked for the National Probation Service managing high and medium risk offenders in the community.

“My role in Beating Time gives me the opportunity to marry my two areas of expertise. I get to spend meaningful amounts of time creating a positive, constructive environment for young men who really struggle to find their place in the world”

Natural Voice |  Sing 4 Health & Happiness

Dominic Stitchbury

Musical Director

Dominic is a singer, choir leader, arranger, creative facilitator, beat-boxer and keyboard player based in London.

Dominic is a singer, choir leader, arranger, creative facilitator, beat-boxer and keyboard player based in London. Dom leads the Jammers, our Choir in HMP Maidstone, a prison for foreign nationals. He is founder and leader of two large contemporary Choirs for men, Chaps Choir and Bellow Fellows. He also leads the Landmark Singers. Under Dominic’s direction, the 60 strong Chaps Choir has performed at The Roundhouse, The Union Chapel, Natural History Museum and Serpentine Gallery, to name a few.

“ I am on a mission to get more men singing. Using our voices we can reflect on and connect with ourselves in new ways. It speaks volumes that 95% of the prison population are men. Beating Time is about changing a culture in which crime is macho but singing isn’t. Singing in public, especially in prison, is tough!”

www.chapschoir.com | www.bellowfellows.com

www.londonvocalproject.com | www.spookymen.com

OUR TRUSTEES

DR ElENI SKORDAKI

Eleni runs ES Real Estate Finance and is one of London’s most highly respected Property Finance Advisers. She was Head of Real Estate Finance at London Law Firm, Olswang

Eleni runs ES Real Estate Finance and is one of London’s most highly respected Property Finance Advisers. She was Head of Real Estate Finance at London Law Firm, Olswang for almost a decade. She holds a PhD in Economics from LSE. She has championed the setting up of Choirs at both Olswang and subsequently, Dechert. She used Choir at work as a tool to build team spirit and alleviate stress. She is a passionate believer that we are all inherently creative. She is also an amateur potter.

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SEYMOUR ‘SAM’ EASTWOOD

Sam is a Partner at international law firm, Mayer Brown. His specialism is white collar crime, compliance and ethics. Sam has been interested in Prison Reform since he was a volunteer at

Sam is a Partner at international law firm, Mayer Brown. His specialism is white collar crime, compliance and ethics. Sam has been interested in Prison Reform since he was a volunteer at HMP Leyhill whilst at university. He is a Trustee of Transparency International UK, an anti-corruption Charity and sits on the Management Committee of UCL’s Centre for Ethics and Law. He is also a member of the City of London’s White Collar Crime Committee.

LinkedIn | www.mayerbrown.com

MAGDALEN EVANS

Magdalen’s background is in Art History. For the Longford Trust she helped to develop a university scholarship programme for people who have served sentences.

Magdalen’s background is in Art History. For the Longford Trust she helped to develop a university scholarship programme for people who have served sentences.

She has also been a volunteer at HMP Wormwood Scrubs since 2014. Maggie helps put on Performing Arts productions and with CV writing. She lectures for the Arts Society and for Magic Lantern both of which work with vulnerable groups. Maggie feels developing creative confidence has a crucial role to play in preparing people for life post release.

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HENRY FEATHERSTONE

Henry is UK Head of Public Affairs & Advocacy for Sanofi, a bio-pharmaceutical company. He is interested in improving public policy

Henry is UK Head of Public Affairs & Advocacy for Sanofi, a bio-pharmaceutical company. He is interested in improving public policy.

Henry started his career as a NHS doctor He went onto work in Parliament for a number of MPs across health, housing and defense policy. He led the Health & Social Care Unit for think-tank, Policy Exchange. Henry holds degrees in both Medicine and Law, and most recently completed an MSc in Health Economics at LSE. He needs to improve his singing.

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ALBERTO GONZALEZ

For 17 years Alberto travelled the world, photographing jewellery for the international auction house, Christies. Drug addiction led

For 17 years Alberto travelled the world, photographing jewellery for the international auction house, Christies. Drug addiction led to a prison sentence.

Alberto joined our Choir in HMP Maidstone. He became its champion, recruiting others and organising concerts. He created harmony in a dark, discordant place. On release, he joined the Camberwell Community Choir. We helped him get a job at Snappy Snaps, where, over 2 years, he rebuilt his life. In 2020 he joined the team at Mayfair Jeweller, Bentley & Skinner, as a photographer. He embodies all we want to achieve.

Tom Snowden

Tom is a natural entrepreneur. He set up a car washing business at school, a livery business in East Yorkshire and a foodbank in

Tom is a natural entrepreneur. He set up a car washing business at school, a livery business in East Yorkshire and a foodbank in Coventry at University and is now at BlackRock in a management role.

Tom previously worked for KPMG both in the UK and the USA. Whilst in New York he was seconded to Goldman Sachs. Tom studied Law at Warwick University. He comes from a two long lines of farmers and has seen many family members develop and diversify their businesses. He is one of our UpStart Business Mentors.

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OUR AMBASSADORS

ELIZABETH JIMENEZ

Elizabeth links families, and others affected by crime, and our singers at our concerts. She also works with Spanish speakers helping organise

Elizabeth links families, and others affected by crime, and our singers at our concerts. She also works with Spanish speakers helping organise visits and keeping people in touch with their families following deportation She is passionate about increasing understanding and forgiveness driven by her own experience of the healing power of music to change lives. Her daughter, Maria, died in a fatal car crash in 2017. The young man driving the car was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and sent to prison.

Read more here:  The Forgiveness Project

EOIN MCLENNAN-MURRAY

Eoin served in 10 prisons in his 35-year career in the Prison Service and was President of the Prison Governors’ Association before his

Eoin served in 10 prisons in his 35-year career in the Prison Service and was President of the Prison Governors’ Association before his retirement. Throughout his career he pioneered work, since replicated in many other Prisons, to help resettlement and reduce re-offending.

When Governor at HMP Blantyre House, a resettlement prison in Kent, it consistently had the lowest re-conviction rate of any prison in the UK. Since retirement he has maintained an active interest in the Criminal Justice arena and has served as Chair of The Howard League for Penal Reform.

Howard League | Injustice Website | Watch Injustice video

JANE EVANS

Jane started working with Heather in 2014 and was instrumental in developing Beating Time from its earliest days. She has a particular

Jane started working with Heather in 2014 and was instrumental in developing Beating Time from its earliest days. She has a particular interest in how the charity’s work supports the journey to employment on release.

Jane’s background is in Corporate Finance as a Director at KPMG and at Wates. Alongside Beating Time Jane helped start-up the innovative, tomato growing enterprise, Sterling Suffolk. In 2019, Jane became its full-time managing director. A keen supporter of Beating Time, she’s on the lookout for employment opportunities in the tomato growing business!

LADY VAL CORBETT

Lady Val Corbett is The Champion, Connector and Catalyst in Penal Reform today. Founder of The Corbett Network, she brings together

Lady Val Corbett is The Champion, Connector and Catalyst in Penal Reform today. Founder of The Corbett Network, she brings together hundreds of organisations to collaborate on this agenda.

Previously she was a journalist on national newspapers and magazines and a scriptwriter for BBC TV. She believes strongly in giving people “a hand up not a hand out”.  Her late husband, Lord Robin Corbett of Castle Vale had substantial involvement with penal reform. In 2012, Lady Val established The Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Rehabilitation in his memory.

The Corbett Network | The Robin Corbett Award

WILL JENKYN-JONES

After graduating from Oxford with a degree in English, Will volunteered for us before becoming a social worker at Frontline.

After graduating from Oxford with a degree in English, Will volunteered for us before becoming a social worker at Frontline. As our ‘storyteller’, working collaboratively with prisoners serving sentences, Will curates articles for our blog and directed the film on our home page more… He is an avid observer, collector and preserver of stories of personal transformation. Will is a singer and musician, playing piano, clarinet and saxophone.

“I’ve spent many happy hours in the company of Beating Time’s Choirs. Like everyone, I arrived as a stranger, a man, with a voice who was willing to contribute whatever I could (and unsure what that was). I left each session feeling I’d played my part in something greater than the sum of all our parts. Somehow, the Music Directors, Singers and the Music work some alchemy together, which I experience as a powerful sense of “hope”. Talking to the men, I know they feel that too.”

OUR SPONSORS

MAJOR DONORS

Charitable Trusts
• Colyer Fergusson Charitable Trust
• Lloyds Bank Foundation
• People’s Postcode Lottery
• The Berkeley Foundation
• The Bromley Trust

• The Henry Oldfield Trust
• The Swire Charitable Trust

Corporate Supporters
• G4S
• KPMG
• Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Individuals
• Mr & Mrs Andrew Phillips

Funders
• HMPPS

DONORS

Alchemy Foundation
Allen Lane Foundation
Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
British Humane Association
Brook Trust
The Clothworkers’ Company
Dentons UKMEA LLP
Didymus Charitable Trust
The Drapers Company
Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust
Greenhall Foundation
Hilden Charitable Trust
Jill Franklin Trust
KW Charitable Trust
Mr J Hayes
Mr T Snowden
Mrs V Briggs
Mr K Bullard
Mr & Mrs T Inglis
Marsh Christian Trust
Oxford Orpheus
Michael and Shirley Hunt Charitable Trust
Santander Foundation
St James Place Capital
West Midlands Chorus
Wharfedale Foundation
Woodward Charitable Trust
Worshipful Company of Weavers

Thank You!

We are extremely grateful to all our Donors for their generous support, for what is a challenging cause.

We also want to extend out thanks to the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery whose generosity entirely funds the People’s Postcode Trust.

We pride ourselves on being a very lean and agile organisation that runs on the commitment and talent of its people. We make extensive use of volunteers and are particularly grateful to Mrs Ros Fox and KPMG for the significant contribution they make.

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