Our staff and volunteers
Andrea Kempson, Project Manager
Andrea Kempson is the Project Manager for Soundmix and has been working with the organisation since 2012. With over 8 years experience in teaching and community arts she has worked with a variety of different organisations including; Kids Co, Music house for Children, Body and Soul, The Challenge and The the Albany Theatre. As a guitarist, singer and songwriter she teams her passion for music with a passion for working with young people and creating opportunities for young refugees and asylum seekers into her work with Soundmix…as well as providing the infamous music round at the Christmas fundraiser quiz!
James Taylor, Assistant Tutor
James grew up playing drums and percussion, culminating in performances with the Halle and National Youth Orchestras in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Opera House. Now, as a an active London-based session player, recent engagements have included sets at Glastonbury Festival and the Barbican centre.
Bringing together this musicianship with his passion for health and wellbeing, James teaches percussion and facilitates workshops for disadvantaged groups. He has recently worked with the music charities Core Arts, Life with Art and Soundmix. James is also a volunteer project manager for Soundmix and Youth Worker for young refugees at DOST, based in East London.
Soundmix is run by a dedicated board of trustees
Chair: Nishi Tailor
Nishi is a solicitor, specialising in commercial law. He is currently General Counsel of a fintech company in Manchester, having previously held leadership roles with a Silicon Valley startup and a multinational IT company (with particular focus on public sector and healthcare projects).
He is passionate about humanitarian issues and social justice. He has recently returned from managing development projects for a charity in Nepal, and is also a trustee of a large charity supporting homeless people (having spent several months managing night shelters in Manchester).
His interests include hockey, road cycling, sailing, yoga, hiking and travel. He is classically trained in air-guitar, but can’t play any real instruments.
Treasurer: Ambia Ali
Ambia is a member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has worked in the Charity sector for over 12 years by leading preparation and analysis of financial reports to summarise and forecast financial position; working closely with key members of the Senior Management Team to meet the charity’s objectives and aims by introducing and implementing procedures in line with Charity law and practice.
Ambia has recently taken the role of the Finance Controller at an engineering company to oversee and maintain the finance function during the expansion and manage growth with ease.
Ambia enjoys cycling, walking and being involved in community cohesion activities and has joined the Trustee board to apply her skills and knowledge of best practice; to strengthen and improve the financial reporting and procedures to enable a robust charity and safeguard all beneficiaries.
Secretary: Sarah Coskeran
Having previously worked as an English teacher at a public high school in China, Sarah returned to the UK and is currently programme manager at a national education charity that helps schools transform their approaches to teachers’ professional development.
Sarah first heard about Soundmix through her voluntary role with the British Red Cross’ Young Refugee Services, where she helps run a weekly youth group for young unaccompanied refugees and asylum seekers in Hammersmith. She joined as a trustee in 2015.
In her spare time Sarah enjoys languages, cycling, travel and food. She is also governor at a small primary school in south west London.
Roxane became involved with Soundmix when she was a Children’s Panel Advisor at the Refugee Council in 2006 and saw first hand the therapeutic, social and educational benefits of music. With over 15 years experience in the private and charitable sectors, including Hill & Knowlton, Oxfam, Save the Children and British Red Cross, she has a successful track record of developing and implementing programmes and services across the UK and overseas and influencing global policy through effective campaigning.
Cath started her career as a teacher of Italian but has worked in book publishing since 1978. She is co-owner of the children’s publisher, b small publishing (www.bsmall.co.uk) who produce activity books and foreign language learning books for young children. She first enjoyed a Soundmix concert performance when she was a volunteer at the Refugee Council Social Evening for young refugees and asylum seekers in Brixton. She joined the Board of Trustees when Soundmix became a charity in 2009. Cath enjoys long-distance cycling, learning languages, film, food and political debate but has no musical talent whatsoever.
Davina is a Senior Project Manager at Diabetes UK, where she has worked for over 3 years. Her previous experience includes product management, continuous improvement and Corporate Social Responsibility, including volunteer, events and fundraising management experience.
Davina is TEFL qualified and has volunteered in Cambodia and has taught spoken English to refugees/new arrivals in East London.
Davina has joined Soundmix as a general trustee to help with fundraising opportunities and applying some project management experience where necessary. She enjoys yoga and watching live music.