Penny completed her training as a music therapist in 1983 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama andworked as a music therapist for many years in mental health, developing an interest in working with victims of trauma and abuse and which she has written extensively.
Since qualifying, Penny has completed a variety of further training courses (details on Linked-in) and is currently Deputy Director for Safeguarding & Public Protection at Devon Partnership Trust where she is responsible for a variety of portfolios including the Trust Legal Portfolio and implementation of legislation including the MHA and MCA and she is chair of the Trust Ethics Committee.
Penny has maintained her interest in music therapy (offering safeguarding and legal training and clinical supervision to therapists) and continues to play the cello in a number Devon Orchestras including Torbay Symphony, Torbay Contemporary, Totnes Chamber and Dartmoor Chamber orchestras as well as playing regularly in her string quartet (Chemistry).
Penny has a strong interest the training of therapists, the development of the music therapy profession and in human rights. Penny is also a trustee of BildACT.