John has extensive experience at a Senior Manager in Health & Social Care.
Areas of expertise include, Governance, Financial Control, Service Planning & Development and Multi Agency Working.
John has had an interest in and contact with Every Day Harmony since its inception. While working for Belfast Health Trust he gave the Charity its first contract to work in Learning Disability Day Services.
John joined the Charity Board in 2012 and became Chair in 2014.
John has an interest in all things musical and is involved with the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and the Real Music Club.
John was a Professional Social Worker and Associate Director of Social Work in Belfast Health Trust.
Mr Robert McConnell, CDir CEng MSc BEng(Hons) DIS Dip.IoD Cert.IoD MIMMM FIoD
Robert’s expertise is in: Corporate Governance, Operations Improvement, Change Management, Strategy and Planning, Finance and Funding, Business Development.
As a keen musician and music tutor, and being passionate about better board governance, Robert was drawn to Every Day Harmony (EDH) in 2017. The opportunity to provide strategic direction as part of an enthusiastic and well-run board of directors, and to help provide a crucial and valuable service through EDH to its service users, was of great interest to him.
Patricia is a registered children’s nurse and general nurse and has worked as a senior manager for many years in the health care sector. At the time of her retirement she was Head of Children’s Services at the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.
There she saw the added value of music therapy which was provided to the children and young people and in 2008 was delighted to be invited to join the Board of Every Day Harmony knowing first-hand what a difference this therapy can make.
Patricia is committed to the further development of Every Day Harmony and to finding new and innovative ways to deliver this very important clinical intervention to potential clients all over Northern Ireland.
Rosemary has worked as a forensic psychologist for the Adolescent Psychology and Research Unit; director of the Child Care Research Centre and professor of Childhood and Youth Studies. In these roles she has gained extensive experience of working with and researching children and young people and the development and delivery of training programmes, particularly in children with special needs and research methods.
Rosemary has been interested in Music Therapy since her days of working as a forensic psychologist. In this capacity she worked particularly with children and young people in the juvenile justice, care and education systems in Northern Ireland and she was able to observe the benefits of music therapy for these young people. This interest became more applied when Rosemary moved to Queen’s University, Belfast and was responsible for a Masters in Special Educational Needs. At this time she worked closely with the then Northern Ireland Music Therapy Trust to develop courses on therapeutic music making. In 2010 she was delighted to be invited on to the Board of NIMTT (now Every Day Harmony) which allowed Rosemary to take her interest and belief in music therapy in a different direction.
Gerry is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and his expertise is in IT, PR and broadcasting. Gerry’s career spanned 40 years as a broadcaster with RTE.
He has a child with autism and his child has benefitted from music therapy.
Gerry joined the Board of Every Day Harmony in 2012.
George’s areas of expertise are in: Finance, Commerce, Compliance.
The Rotary Club of Comber, of which George is a council member, has supported Every Day Harmony since the mid 1990s.
George joined the Board of Every Day Harmony in 2017.
Glenda’s areas of expertise are: Business Development and Networking, Leadership and Career Development, Career Transition and Change Management.
Having taken piano, organ, guitar and singing lessons in her youth, Glenda has a continued interest in music and still regularly attends concerts and performances. On hearing about the work of Every Day Harmony in 2017 she was drawn to learn more about the impact of music therapy on individuals. Glenda was delighted to be invited to join the board then and remains enthusiastic about helping to market and promote the organisation to a wider audience where possible.
Rachel’s areas of expertise are in: Human Resource Management, Business Management and Public Sector.
Rachel has been a Director with Every Day Harmony since April 2018 and assisted the Board prior to that from July 2017. Music therapy has been an invaluable therapeutic intervention with children she knows personally. She was therefore very keen to support EDH as it continues to deliver services across Norther Ireland and seek to develop further opportunities to bring this therapy to all sections of the community.
Maria has had a longstanding interest in psychotherapy and since she came to Every Day Harmony in 2018 takes a particular interest in all aspects of maintaining a high quality of service for clients, especially through staff education, support and supervision, policy and procedures and interdisciplinary working.
Maria’s background is in Medicine and as a Consultant in the Psychiatry of Learning Disability she was involved in developing the application of specialist knowledge and practice to the specific needs of the patient groups she worked with, particularly in the emerging psychotherapy and forensic services. Through the Royal College of Psychiatrists she chaired the first UK multidisciplinary working group on Psychotherapy and Learning Disability and contributed to national policy development in this specialist area. Mid career she undertook a part time Masters in Psychoanalytic Studies at Queens University and would say she benefitted greatly from this and the expert case supervision she then arranged for her own psychotherapy practice. After retirement from her Heath Service post she continued working with RQIA, developing quality standards in Mental Health.
She is a strong supporter of the role of the voluntary sector in developing innovative, evidence based services and so is impressed and excited by the recent application of Music Therapy to a wider range of client groups.
Always a dabbler and now fully retired, she has more time to attend music events of all genres from opera to jazz. And she enjoys singing with the Downs Syndrome Choir!