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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, West Sussex Music.

“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.”

Meet the team

Ben Dowsett

Leader for School Engagement (Secondary)

Louise Brooksbank

Schools Administrator

Mandy Gibbard


Jade Brewster


Paul Smyth

Head of Contemporary Instruments

Lisa Butterworth

Accounts Manager

Maddie Maddison


Lou Pickett

HR Manager

Sarah Forbes 

Director of West Sussex Youth Choirs

Emily Baldwin

Senior Administrator

Chloe Atkins

Senior Arts Administrator

David Bennet

Head of Music Centres

Angela Croucher

Head of Finance

Alison Sutton

Assistant Head
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