Dr Helen Thomas has thirty years' experience of working in the academic, commercial and charitable sectors of the creative industries. After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Music from the University of York she was appointed to the Repertoire Promotion Department at Oxford University Press to promote copyright music to international performers, festivals, broadcasters and recording companies. Following the arrival of two sons a decade later Helen decided to go freelance and subsequently managed The Cornerstone Festival at Liverpool Hope University and the new music ensemble Psappha. She has combined teaching in HE and FE with research into arts, wellbeing, and the language and experience of musical time and was Research Associate for the MRC -funded Ageing Creatively project at Newcastle University. She has a PhD from Lancaster University and an MA in Music since 1900 (awarded with Distinction) from Liverpool Hope University and. Helen is an oboist and cor anglais player and a member of Liverpool Bach Collective, Liverpool Mozart Orchestra, Orchestra d'ell Arte and Wirral Symphony Orchestra.