I run World Pencil, which is a charity and social enterprise focussing on creative learning, social impact and sustainable development. I've worked in and around music education, creative learning and sustainable development for around 20 years, supporting lots of different organisations through training and consultancy, running roundtables, and talking about lots of different things around purpose, music, and ideas.
Most of my work at the moment is around social impact, and harnessing music and the arts to make measurable change in the outside world, plus helping adults to help children do the same thing as an authentic driver for learning.
From 2009 till early 2012, I was Music Education Development Manager at Youth Music where I led the organisation's development programmes - managing and supporting new developments in music education, under Early Years, Encouraging Talent and Potential, and Workforce Development. I was also responsible for the MusicLeader, Voltage, Youth Music Mentors, Passport and Sound Stage funding programmes, for the development of the Youth Music Network, and a key player in the development of the new Youth Music Programme. Find out more on my personal website - www.bensandbrook.com.
Prior to that I led the development of the SoundJunction music learning website for the ABRSM.
I'm an active musician, singing, composing and improvising, and playing piano, cello and drums. I've got an MA and MPhil in music.