Our Mission

Our mission is to ensure that there are no barriers – financial, social, physical or otherwise, that would prevent any person in need from engaging in music therapy.

Our work will aim to meet the social, emotional, communication, learning, physical and mental health needs of our service users. Our focus will be to make meaningful connections through music, to improve well being and quality of life.

We will endeavour to provide the highest standard of music therapy service; delivered by our HCPC registered, experienced, friendly clinicians.

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Meet the Team

Our Trustees

Kanwaljit Sachdeva
Kanwaljit SachdevaHead Trustee
Kanwaljit is an experienced trustee, having worked with a children’s and young person’s charity for many years. She works as an Assistant Headteacher in a deprived area of West London and is passionate about the power of education and organisations to improve children’s life chances and quality of life. She is a strong believer in the role of inclusion and access to allow all members of society to flourish.

Paul Finnett
Paul Finnett
Paul is Managing director at AoN , based in Houston, Texas. Originally from East Preston, Paul is the father of Toby Calder- Finnett in whose name Toby’s Fund exists. Paul brings his business knowledge and his commitment to use his son’s memory to improve the lives of teens with complex needs in West Sussex, an area that Toby loved and called home. We are very proud to have Paul on our team and thankful to him, and to his family, for entrusting Toby’s fund to Waves Music Therapy.
Micki Garner
Micki Garner
Micki is a Senco leader in Worthing with experience working in mainstream settings with children with complex trauma and attachment issues. Micki joins the Waves Director team with 23 years’ teaching experience and a vast knowledge of children in the area who can and will benefit from music therapy intervention.
Victoria Hartkemeyer
Victoria HartkemeyerFounder & CEO
Victoria is the founder and CEO of Waves Music Therapy. She is a clinical music therapist, having qualified in 2005 and spent the subsequent years working in South London and then Denver, Colorado. On returning to the UK and relocating to the south coast she was quickly made aware of the need for music therapy in the county and there being no formal service. She was also acutely aware that music therapy for many is prohibitively expensive and so, along with her long time friend and colleague Kirsten Halliday, established Waves as a CIC in 2013. The aim was to be a vehicle to raise funds to support anyone who seeks music therapy to be able to access sessions. In the years following the service has grown to support over 750 people a year and utilises the skills of around 15 therapists across the county. They became a charity in June 2021 and continue their mission to ensure that music therapy is accessible to all.
Hazel Child
Hazel Child Clinical Lead
After graduating in 1999, Hazel Child qualified in both music teaching and music therapy before spending 8 years working in a secondary school for young people with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.
She has since widened her scope to include adult mental health, in particular the challenges arising due to dementia. She now works in a range of settings, including mainstream schools, private and community care facilities, with all ages and abilities.
Ruth Spencer
Ruth SpencerProject Lead
Ruth qualified as a music therapist in 1990 from Roehampton, following a degree in music from Nottingham University. She then worked for Autism East Midlands (formerly NORSACA) for 8 years before moving to Sussex. She has many years’ experience working with clients with autism, learning disabilities and complex needs, emotional and behavioural problems and attachment issues. She works with people of all ages, but has most experience working with children and young people aged 0-18.
Simi Flyes
Simi Flyes
Simi qualified as a Music Therapist from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2015 following a BMus Honours degree from Cardiff University. Simi’s clinical work is focused on children and young people with communication difficulties, autism and developmental trauma. Her clinical work also extends to working with older adults living with dementia and other mental health challenges. Her clinical experience includes working in a range of settings in London, Surrey and Sussex. This includes mainstream and special schools, care homes, children’s homes, nursery’s, NHS child development services, recovery centres and with parents in their family homes. Simi has also worked as musician in her local community throughout her career. She is an experienced teacher, pianist and vocalist.
Anna Macken
Anna Macken
Anna qualified as a music therapist in 2017, and has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities and adults living with cancer. Anna is passionate about encouraging schools to explore improvisatory music making opportunities as a means of supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people; she believes that all children should have the opportunity to raise their voice, to feel heard and to celebrate their creativity and ability through music making
Lorraine Ackroyd
Lorraine Ackroyd
Lorraine qualified as a Music Therapist in summer 2019 from Roehampton University, having completed a Bachelor of music degree at Royal Holloway University of London and a PGCE in secondary music several years earlier. Between studies, Lorraine has had extensive experience working with adults with mental health challenges, including running music groups and music studio sessions in a homelessness service. Since completing her MA, Lorraine has been running a music therapy project working with victims of human trafficking and is now developing an in-house arts therapy service alongside a dramatherapist at the safehouse.
James Count
James Count
James qualified as a music therapist in 2017 from Cambridge, and now works in a special needs college in West Sussex, where clients include non-verbal adolescents with learning disabilities and autism. His previous experience also includes working on an acute adult psychiatric ward, where clients have a wide range of mental health difficulties.
Dominique le Vack
Dominique le Vack
Dominique is a composer & songwriter with a background in performance who studied Music Therapy at Nordoff Robbins in 2014. She enjoys running several choirs including Singing for the Brain with The Alzheimer’s Society and has 8 years’ experience as a music tutor and practitioner within FE, along with her own private practice. She now divides her time between St. Magnus Hospital in Haslemere working within forensics and composing albums in her Worthing studio
 Gabrielle Norman
Gabrielle Norman
After a successful career in marketing and in teaching, Gabrielle completed her MA in Music Therapy at Roehampton University. Gabrielle has experience of working with children and adults with a variety of needs including learning disabilities, PMLD, mental health and life-limiting conditions. During training Gabrielle worked in a children’s hospice and became particularly interested in the role of music therapy within palliative care, completing her MA research in this area.
Kimberley Andrews
Kimberley Andrews
Kimberley qualified as a music therapist in 2019 from Roehampton. She is registered with HCPC and a member of BAMT. Kimberley has experience of working with children and adults with a variety of needs including learning disabilities, PMLD, autism, as well as emotional and behavioural needs. She works in a range of settings, including special schools and colleges, privately and community facilities. Alongside music therapy, Kimberley is a keen clarinettist and enjoys instrumental teaching.
Kirsten Halliday
Kirsten Halliday
Kirsten works in London with adolescents with emotional and behavioural difficulties. She helped to establish Waves Music Therapy in 2013 and is still involved in a consultancy role.
Lucy Jackson
Lucy Jackson
Lucy Jackson works as the Admin Assistant for Waves. Before joining our team she worked for Brighton Housing Trust, a charity working with homeless and insecurely housed people. During her time there she gained some invaluable experience as a PA to the Chief Executive and also in fundraising and communications. Lucy works on Wednesday and Thursday each week from 9:30am – 4:00pm.

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