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Meet the team...

Project facilitators

Laura Gillham
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Laura Gillham

Project Facilitator

I studied community music at Goldsmiths College London, before going on to complete a BA degree in humanities and music with the Open University and a master’s degree in philosophy at Kings College London.

I have been teaching singing and leading community choirs for nearly thirty years. During that time, I have worked with a broad client group including children and young people, adults, professional performers, public speakers, creative arts students, adults with learning disabilities and individuals experiencing mental health problems. I have seen at first-hand the impact that singing, particularly in a group can have on people’s well-being and confidence. I believe that music making is for everyone and aim to make my sessions as welcoming and fun as possible.

In addition to teaching, I perform regularly in several bands across London and the Southeast.

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

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Ms Jan Allen 


Martin Newlan

Mr David Price


Wendy Heeley

Ms Jacquie Gibbons

Administrator to the Board of Trustees

Jane Kendal

Helen Hordle

Rebecca Johnson

Hannah Millican Patel

Alison Cooper


Alison Cooper

The working side of my life has always involved supporting people to develop their own potential. This interest has led me to expand my skills and experience by completing a degree in Criminology & Applied Psychology, NVQ 1-3 in Counselling Skills & Theory and by training as a Mediator and Restorative Justice facilitator. I have also worked with people with autism, young people and people with substance and alcohol issues. All these skills seem to come together perfectly to succeed with The Time to Shine Project; using the feel-good factor of music for people to discover the best in themselves.

Michael Grant

Michael Grant


Michael is one of the two original founders of The Time to Shine Project.


He spent 20 years working in the music business variously as a secondary school music teacher, musical director, theatre performer, international cabaret entertainer and vocal coach.


During that time he had the pleasure of developing and directing the first projects for The Time to Shine Project.

He now works as a horticulturalist, plantsman and naturalist but is delighted to remain involved in the charity as an advisor to the Board of Trustees.

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