Chair of Trustees
Eleanor is an experienced clinician and a passionate advocate for music therapy. She is committed to promoting the profession;better supporting therapists; ensuring increased equality, diversity and inclusion within and around the profession; and working to provide more and better music therapy services.
Clinically Eleanor has worked in a variety of settings. Her specialist focus is teenagers who have experienced trauma and who may be exhibiting challenging behaviours, be offending, or on the cusp of offending.
Eleanor has managed music therapy services for many years. Initially leading the team within Birmingham Music Service, she worked with stakeholders to move this service outside the limitations of statutory provision and founded the charity Music Therapy Works. Eleanor has taught extensively at both undergraduate and graduate level, and is a BAMT approved supervisor.
Eleanor trained as a music therapist at the University of Bristol (now UWE). Qualifying in 1993 she completed an MPhil at Bristol (2000) which considered moments of meeting between client and therapist in non-verbal music therapy sessions. Eleanor has completed the full theoretical training for Guided Imagery in Music (2001) and has undertaken the Neurologic Music Therapy training (2017).
Eleanor is now Dean for Welfare at St Peter’s College, Oxford, and is enjoying using her music therapy related skills in a different and dynamic environment. She is hugely excited at the possibility of working with the BAMT Trustees and Core Team at such an exciting moment in the life of the association.