Our team

Voices Welcome is run by a board of voluntary trustees. Volunteers of all kinds have helped us from the beginning of our journey and we’re so grateful for all the support and time that has been kindly offered to get us where we are today.

We hire professional Music Directors to lead our projects and singing sessions thanks to the funding we receive.

Meet the Trustees

Voices Welcome is run by five trustees specialising in our organisational strategy, operations and governance, programme delivery and development, and fundraising and communications.


11/11/2019: Seeking a new trustee. Apply by 25th November to join our team. Voices Welcome – Trustee recruitment pack 2019

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Xenia Davis

Xenia Davis is an experienced choir leader and music facilitator. She has over 12 years experience of project management in the charity sector, and has worked for organisations including Making Music, Envision and the Citizenship Foundation (youth social action charities), and Restless Development and VSO (international development charities). She has managed annual budgets of £500,000.

Bernard Scaife

Bernard Scaife

Bernard Scaife has worked in the library and information sector for over 18 years, including roles at the Natural History Museum and the Institute of Education. He has significant experience of project management, team leadership, administering budgets and securing external funding, and is currently completing a research master’s degree. He is a keen member of the Peckham Rye Sings choir.

Ben Saffell

Ben Saffell

Ben has worked in the Charity sector for 8 years. He is currently Director of Membership and Operations at Making Music, a charity that provides help and support to over 3,500 leisure-time music groups. Ben’s job involves developing services and resources for community music groups and is well versed in what ‘s involved in running a small charity and a choir.

Helen Butterworth

Helen Butterworth

Helen is an experienced project manager, researcher, operations specialist and is also a happy member of Peckham Rye Sings community choir. She has worked in the cultural, heritage and not for profit sector for 20 years, building start-ups, seeking funding, and conducting outreach to widen participation. She is currently Global Projects Associate at More in Common, a new initiative set up to build communities and societies that are stronger, more united and more resilient to the increasing threats of polarisation and social division.

Portrait of Jessica Ridgewell

Jessica Ridgewell

Jessica has spent 10 years working in the charity sector with international charities such as Save the Children International and Plan International UK, and is currently a Partnerships Manager for War Child UK. She is an experienced fundraiser and has managed a variety of funding streams including corporate, sponsorship, events, campaigns, individuals and philanthropic giving. Jessica is happy to leave singing to the choirs, but has a passion for music and theatre.


Our volunteers play a vital role in supporting and encouraging participants in singing sessions.

Dan Mercer

Dan helps recruit and coordinate our volunteers who support our weekly singing sessions. Dan is an experienced project manager and improvement expert working for the NHS.  He has just completed a masters degree in Implementation and Improvement Science.  He is an enthusiastic singer in Peckham Rye Sings, and also plays cricket and korfball.