Our People

Clare Cook – CEO

Clare joined Soundabout in April 2018 having had 18 years’ experience in the charity sector, including at the charities Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, Child Bereavement UK, Christian Aid and most recently, the charity Missing People.

During her nine years’ at Missing People, Clare’s creative approach to fundraising and communications came to the fore when she co-founded the Missing People Choir for families with missing loved ones. The choir generated global awareness for the charity – and found three missing people – when they reached the final of Britain’s Got Talent 2017. Clare was also responsible for the charity’s award-winning partnerships with both Royal Mail and BHS as well as the creation of the charity’s high profile annual campaign, Big Tweet for Missing Children. Clare is a passionate believer in the power of music and its ability to give a voice to those who otherwise might not be heard.

Jo Colton – Programming Manager

With over 20 years experience working within voluntary sector organisations, Jo began working for Soundabout in 2014.  Jo’s role is to manage all our community programmes where we work directly with families, schools and care providers to bring exciting musical experiences. Jo’s previous work and volunteering have taken her around the world by way of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and inspired a degree in Anthropology followed by a Masters degree in Gender, Culture and Development. Jo’s interest in working with people with disabilities led to a career break to live in L’Arche, a community for people with and without learning disabilities.

Philippa Higginbottom – Programming Manager

Having joined Soundabout at the end of 2019, looking for an exciting new career and a way to use her Salesforce Administrator skills to help a local charity, Philippa joined as the Business Administrator but has now worked her way to her new role of Programme Manager.

In addition to this, Philippa trained as a doctor and had an 8 year successful career within the NHS, specialising as an Old Age Psychiatrist before bringing her skills and enthusiasm to Soundabout.

Maryse Degbegni – Business Administrator

Maryse studied Biochemistry in France and has worked in Clinical Research for approximately 12 years. After volunteering in Burma in 2018, Maryse decided to change career for a more meaningful and fulfilling job in the charity sector. Maryse took up an internship with Soundabout to get more experience in the charity sector and to try and make the world a better place.