The Memory Tracks vision is to place music at the centre of health and wellbeing, providing health professionals, and carers whatever their circumstances, with the opportunity to use music in all situations of treatment and care.
Meet the team
The Memory Tracks idea came from working with a US home care tech client, and with his daughter Fabia, a musician, on her final year University dissertation: Linking memorable songs to daily routines to help those with dementia live more independent lives.
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Team Leader - Founder
Expert in product development, and market entry. After an early career in the music business with the major record labels, he went to help establish the BBC’s commercial entertainment software division. Following a decade in disruptive start-ups across mobile, smart home and entertainment, launching successful apps, Gordon set up his own business consultancy to help start-up tech businesses establish within Europe.
The operations lead in the business, along with marketing, user design and UX. Mark was a pioneer of mobile communications and ran his own SMS business for many years. He has most recently focused on emerging technologies; wearables, VR, holographic projection and artificial intelligence. Mark is a Senior Lecturer in Future Media at BCU, and also Lecturer at UCA.
Leading the development of the software system that interacts with the subject and their family or carers, and performs the music filtering and recommendation. He has worked with Orange, and Qredo developing world leading applications. Jiang was a PhD student at Queen Mary University London, and has developed apps for medical professionals that are sold on the Google Play Store.
Paresh Shah is the financial expert on the team, with experience in venture capital and manufacturing. Paresh and Gordon worked together on new business funding in the early 2000’s. Paresh is a certified account and is a graduate of the London School of Economics and has an MBA from the Manchester Business School.
Advisors and Supporters
Fabia wrote the original research at Liverpool Hope University that became the background to Memory Tracks. A composer, performer, singing teacher, and Musical Director, Fabia has used music in many forms of social therapy.
Professor Andrew Newman
Andrew is Professor of Cultural Gerontology at Newcastle University working on resilience; connectivity and community participation; ageing well at home and in community environments; inclusion and participation in the community, and; healthy ageing and living better for longer.
Professor Catherine Loveday
Catherine is a cognitive neuroscientist at Westminster University with a keen understanding of music and dementia, and a PhD in the neuropsychology of memory and ageing. She is author of “The Secret World of the Brain” and frequently appears as an expert psychologist on BBC Radio 4’s All In The Mind.
Fran is a Dementia Specialist Occupational Therapist and provides our clinical understanding of dementia. Fran supports and promotes wellbeing for people at all stages of dementia through her work in the NHS, with care homes and home care providers.
Dr Stuart Cunningham
Stuart is a senior lecturer in computing with research interests in the field of computer sound and music. Stuart worked with us managing our pilot research with Pendine Park Care. He is attached to both Glyndwr University and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Dr Harry Whalley
Harry an award-winning composer of contemporary classical, film and electroacoustic music and teaches Music Composition & Technology at the University for the Creative Arts. Harry is a member of our research team at Memory Tracks with Stuart and Mark.
Lance is a Partner at Sheridan’s Law, working across the firm’s music, media and interactive departments and has been advising Memory Tracks on music licensing and the impact of different business models on the cost of licensing as part of the UnLtd mentoring programme.
Sarah is the Artist in Residence with Pendine Park Care group and had been managing the studies of the Memory Tracks prototype with care staff and residents. Sarah will continue to advise and monitor our care studies as we progress our understanding.
Andy is a Chairman of Startle International a company that provides innovative music and technology services to businesses from flexible background music systems to integrated digital signage. Andy’s support on song sourcing and licensing in the UK and US is invaluable.