Our team

Whatever your conundrum, we're here to help you deal with the difficult bits so that you can get on with making music! Find out who's who below, or get in touch with the office, Mon-Fri, 10-5.

Barbara Eifler
Barbara Eifler – Chief Executive
Barbara is responsible for Making Music's overall direction and acts as an ambassador for Making Music, meeting with key personnel from local and national government, music, voluntary and education sectors.
Ben Saffell
Ben Saffell – Membership & Operations Director
Ben oversees Making Music's online services and is always looking for ways to improve existing services and develop new ones to meet members' needs.
Lily Funnell
Lily Funnell – Membership & Services Manager
Lily joined Making Music in 2017 and became Membership & Services Manager in 2020. She is an aspiring author who enjoys dancing, reading, playing piano and watching live music and theatre shows.
Harriet Laidler
Harriet Laidler – Membership & Projects Administrator
Harriet works in the Membership Team and assists with PDGYA and Adopt a Composer. She is a keen violinst and is in one of our member groups.
Joe Hooper
Joe Hooper – Membership & Services Administrator
Joe joined Making Music in 2017 and works on the Membership Team. Since starting, his interactions with groups have inspired him to start learning the piano.
Sally Palmer
Sally Palmer – Projects & Office Manager
Sally joined Making Music in 2013 and co-ordinates our projects including Adopt a Music Creator, PDGYA and the Making Music Awards. She is also responsible for looking after the office and is part of the Membership Team.
Sharon Moloney
Sharon Moloney – Member Engagement & Events Manager
Sharon brings to her role a wealth of experience from within amateur music groups and works to ensure that our engagement with members provides what they need, when and how they want it.
Xenia Davies
Xenia Davies – Youth Engagement Manager
Xenia joined us in 2015 following a legacy donation from Pauline Thompson OBE. She is driving our research into increasing youth engagement in music making.
Ailson Reeves
Alison Reeves – Manager, Scotland
Alison manages our activity in Scotland as well as working with Sharon to improve member engagement.
John Rostron
John Rostron – Manager, Wales
John joined us in September 2019 and manages our activity in Wales. Mae John yn bwy yng Ngogledd Cymru lle mae’n dysgu siarad Cymraeg wrth redeg yn y mynddoedd.
Stephen McNally
Stephen McNally – Manager, Northern Ireland
Based in the Mid Ulster area, Stephen joined us October 2019 and works with our member groups and partner organisations across Northern Ireland.
Natalie Joanes
Natalie Joanes – Communications Director
Natalie oversees Making Music's marketing and communications, and is the commissioning editor of Highnotes magazine. She enjoys playing the violin, and is attempting the ukulele.
Alex McGeever
Alex McGeever – Marketing & Communications Officer
Alex deals with social media, web content and the monthly iNotes newsletter. He is a big fan of football, travel, cinema and music, having learnt to play both the clarinet and saxophone at school.
Helen Evans
Helen Evans – Finance Director
Helen joined Making Music’s senior management team in 2020 to oversee the financial aspects of the charity. She is treasurer of a member group and enjoys playing jazz double bass.
Richard Matthews
Rich Matthews – Finance Officer
Rich joined Making Music in April 2020 and looks after the day-to-day finances of the charity.