Our Trustees

The trustees volunteer their time to lead and support Voices for Life.  They are passionate about inspiring children to be happy and confident through music and bring a range of skills and experience to help lead our charity.

Peter Martin (Chair)

Peter Martin, now retired, was a management consultant during his working life and travelled incessantly through the UK and to the Middle East and Europe. His travels made him too unreliable to make binding commitments in the voluntary sector, but since his retirement he has been Chairman of U3A in Bath, Bath Choral Society and is a local Parish Councillor. This is his first appointment to an organisation involved with wellbeing.

 Peter is married with two children and grandchildren, spends much of lock down reading, assisting his wife with gardening and trying to get in a daily walk. He has Masters degrees from LSE and Bristol University.

Tessa Armstrong

Tessa began her career as a solicitor before founding her own business providing career and confidence services to help individuals improve self-esteem and confidence. Tessa is also a children’s coach with a wealth of experience working with children. She delivers confidence coaching programmes for children at primary and secondary level.  With a background in music, Tessa has a passion for using her skills to positively impact the development and wellbeing of children and young people through music and other artistic forms.

Shean Bowers

Shean is Assistant Director of Music and Organist at Bath Abbey as well as a professional accompanist, recitalist, and choir director.  He founded and directs Melody Makers, a choir for children aged 6-11 years old, and directs the Abbey Schools’ Singing Programme which sees him going into many schools and helping over 1000 children a week ‘Find their Voice’.  With a special interest in training young voices, Shean is committed to the development and wellbeing of children and the next generation of musicians.

Nicola Black

Nicola is a former HR professional with a Masters in Personnel and Development and over 10 years experience as an HR Business Partner within Financial Services and Higher Education. A mum of 3, Nicola is passionate about children’s mental health and wellbeing, and currently works in primary education.

Mary Edwards

Mary is a highly qualified, professional, committed and passionate music educator with a fundamental belief that music education is for all children. Now retired, Mary has been involved in music education as teacher, advisor and consultant for over 40 years. She is also the author of a number of music education publications.

Sarah Halls

Sarah is Headteacher at Weston All Saints Primary School Bath and a long standing member of local leading chamber choir, The Handful. Sarah has a particular passion for the arts, especially singing and music.