Seb Valentine is our founder, musical director and CEO
Matthew Slater is the chair of our board of trustees
An experienced composer and conductor, spanning many styles across feature film, short film and TV dramas alike. Matthew's diverse skills cross sound design, synths scores right up to the full orchestral and chamber classical approach to composing to picture.
Starting as a tea boy, learning the art of music at college, orchestrating, preparing music scores and finally composing gave Matthew a particularly unique understanding of the art of writing music for moving images.
Matthew's experience in the industry of film and television spans two decades across a huge variety of styles and genres. Matthew's work on ITV and Mammoth Screen's huge global success ENDEAVOUR has garnered him a new platform composing for film and drama.
ITV, BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 plus numerous international stations have all broadcast Matthew's work across the world regularly.
Dr Richard Gorrod is a GP, mental health advocate and our newest trustee
Richard Gorrod is a 57-year-old doctor who has worked at the coalface of patient care for 32 years. He qualified at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London and has been a GP in Norfolk for over 20 years. He has also been training director for Norfolk Accident Rescue Service and a Surgeon Lt Cdr in the Royal Naval Reserve both for many years. He worked in a 15000 patient practice. In 2014 he became very ill with depression which knocked him for six for a few years and necessitated him being a Psychiatric Inpatient for over 4 months! Severely depressed and suicidal for 3-4 years in total. It had a devastating effect on him and his family.
Now passionate about improving mental health care, he regularly lectures to doctors, medical students at the UEA and University of Cambridge, paramedics, physician associates, other healthcare workers and the general public.
He is a fully trained Police Hostage and Crisis Negotiator lecturing to the police nationally.
His particular interests are Suicide Prevention, self-care and the better integration of physical and mental health.
He is married with three children, two dogs, three cats, fourteen Norfolk Grey chickens and fifteen Indian Runner ducks. Loves football (Norwich City Season Ticket holder) and rugby and plays the saxophone (badly).