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BAPAM Board of Trustees


  • Peter Leathem: Chair.

    Peter Leathem PPL BAPAM TrusteeJoined PPL as Head ofLegal andBusiness Affairs in 2002.  Following several senior positions within the company since that time, including Managing Director, he was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer in January 2012.  Prior to joining the company, he was a partner for eight years with City law firm GSC Solicitors,where he specialised in intellectual property and was Head of the Intellectual Property Department.

    Peter has been a director of PPL since 2006. He is also a director of VPL (the music video licensing company) and a director of PPL PRS Ltd, UK Music and the British Copyright Council and is a trusteeof the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine.
  • Penny Wright: Honorary Medical Director.

    Penny WrightGraduated from Cambridge in natural sciences in 1982, qualified in 1986 and was a hospital doctor and GP in Tower Hamlets till 2001. Penny started working as volunteer clinician with BAPAM in 1989. She was an AMABO (Association of Medical Advisors to British Orchestras) doctor to English National Opera orchestra 1992-2002. For the last six years she has taught injury-prevention and vocal health to students at Trinity College of Music and Guildhall. She sings choral music and lieder, and describes herself as a poor cellist and very poor pianist. Penny became a BAPAM Trustee in 2005 and Honorary Medical Director a year later.
  • John Turner: Treasurer


  • Mike Shipley: Has been a consultant rheumatologist at University College Hospital for twenty years and a long time senior NHS manager. He is keen to help people with long term painful conditions and work- or activity-related pain. His clinical method combines a medical approach to disease with an attempt to understand the impact of psychological and social pressures on symptoms and the way people cope or fail to cope with pain and disability. He believes it is key that the person takes an active role in managing his or her own pain. Like many, Mike got to Grade five piano, played recorder at school and sang at university before coming to terms with the fact that he lacked the natural talent to go further! An inspirational teacher in the sixties helped him to develop his interest in and love of the arts, particularly opera and music.
  • Jonathan WhiteJonathan White: Qualified 1978 University of Birmingham Medical School. Senior Partner at Penn Manor Medical Centre and Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care at the University of Birmingham. Jonathan has a keen interest in all performing arts and very wide musical tastes. He is an organist, playing for his own amusement and (he says) everyone else’s detriment. Jonathan became involved with BAPAM in 1997. He was appointed AMABO doctor to the CBSO in 2003 and, having already forged links with Birmingham City University advising students with performance related problems, started BAPAM’s Birmingham clinic in 2007. His education work at BCU includes seminars to new students on performers’ health and fitness, and workshops for the string and woodwind departments. In 2006 BCU made Jonathan an Honorary Fellow and in 2007 BAPAM appointed him as a trustee.
  • Ian Winspur: Graduated from Edinburgh university Medical School, then undertook specialist plastic and hand surgery training in the UK and USA.  He lived in the USA for 20 years specialising in hand surgery.  It was in the musically rich environment of Southern California that he began working with musicians, while himself learning jazz and improvisational piano.  Returning to London in 1994 he immediately linked up with BAPAM. He is co-author of the highly regarded book ‘The Musician’s Hand’ with Dr Kit Wynn Parry.  He has written and lectured extensively in this country and internationally on musicians' upper limb problems.


  • Diane Widdison: Musicans' Union
  • Matt Hood: Equity