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Meet the team

Bringing high-quality music education to children and young people in West Sussex.
James Underwood, Chief Executive, West Sussex Music

James Underwood,
Chief Executive

“Back in 2013, West Sussex County Council took the bold step to embark on a project aimed at creating an independent, charitable organisation to continue the delivery of music education to the schools and children of West Sussex, and West Sussex Music was born. Suffice to say, the initiative has been a great success and I am hugely proud of where we are today. We have continued to nurture, inspire and enrich the lives of children through the transformational power of music as well as expanding our range of specialist support for schools. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all those who have helped and supported us along the way.”

Alison Sutton

Assistant Head

Lou Pickett

HR Manager

Angela Croucher

Head of Finance

Lynelle Raymond

Finance Manager

David Bennet

Head of Music Centres

Paul Smyth

Head of Contemporary Instruments

Sarah Forbes 

Director of West Sussex Youth Choirs

Ben Dowsett

Leader for School Engagement (Secondary)

Jane Swindells

Leader For School Engagement (Primary)

Louise Brooksbank

Schools Administrator

Jo Anderson

Schools Administrator

Mike Hart

Stock Control Manager

Chloe Atkins

Senior Arts Administrator

Heather Downie

Arts Administrator

Emily Baldwin

Senior Administrator

Jade Brewster


Maddie Maddison


Mandy Gibbard

Customer Service Administrator

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