Tim Sharp CEO and all the team at Make Some Noise are delighted to welcome Nigel Senior as the charity’s new Chair of Trustees. Nigel, a familiar face to Make Some Noise first became involved with the charity as a dedicated Trustee back in 2005 and since 2015 has been a key member on the Make Some Noise Board of Trustees.

Nigel is Place Funding Manager for Staffordshire County Council, leading a team of bidding experts whose role is to apply for EU and UK funding to support projects and activities that contribute to the economic and social growth of Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. This involves working with key government departments such as The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and other national funding providers including The Big Lottery.

Nigel said:

“I’m really pleased and excited about my role as Chair of Trustees for Make Some Noise. My predecessor Merelyn, the trustees and the Make Some Noise team made me feel so welcome when I joined the Board over 3 years ago and, very soon, I was able to learn about and see the great work the team were doing and how this was making a real difference to people’s lives, no matter the age and dealing with very challenging circumstances. I hope to use some of my experience from the funding world to support the growth of Make Some Noise and help to forge collaborative relationships with other charities and local organisations committed to helping vulnerable people reach their potential.”

Outside of work Nigel has previously been a youth worker and a volunteer with a number of local voluntary organisations and is currently a volunteer ranger for the National Trust at the Shugborough Estate. Having a son with an ASD condition, Nigel fully appreciates the challenges of young people to make their way in life including getting close to the job market!

Nigel joins Make Some Noise as it approaches some major milestones. The charity is nearly 20 years old, has helped over 50,000 beneficiaries cope with adverse childhood experiences and poverty-based issues, invested £6million in the most vulnerable wards of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, awarded 2000 qualifications to children and trained over 1000 musicians in inclusive community music-making practice. Make Some Noise will continue to ensure that as many people as possible facing adversity and trauma are able to realise the benefits which music has on improving wellbeing by providing access to more innovative and engaging music opportunities