CEO Julie Whelan to retire at the end of 2019

Today we’re announcing that our CEO of five years Julie Whelan will be retiring from the post at the end of the year.

Ms Whelan is not moving on to any other role and is in effect retiring from permanent work. She said: “My time at Nordoff Robbins has been the most fulfilling ever as I’ve seen on a daily basis the positive impact that our music therapy has for those living with life-limiting illnesses, disabilities or isolation.

“I’ll miss the organisation deeply but I am at an age where I want to take time to travel and have new adventures personally and then undertake some volunteering after a rest. I’ll be in the enviable position to do a comprehensive handover when my successor is appointed and move on knowing the charity is in a good place to carry on its important work.”

David Munns, Chairman of Nordoff Robbins, said:

“During her five year tenure here Julie has doubled the number of people we support through our music therapy, led the merger with our sister organisation in Scotland, expanded sites and partnerships right across the UK and made sure we now employ more music therapists than ever (now circa 75% of our workforce). The Board has just signed off a new strategy to significantly increase access to our services for those who need it most. We are confident we will be able to secure an outstanding successor to Julie to take this forward.”

Anyone interested in applying should contact Juliet Brown at Gatenby Sanderson on 01132 056089 or via email: