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Our new interim Executive Director

We are excited to announce that Michael Timmons has been appointed as Playlist for Life’s new interim Executive Director.

Michael Timmons has been appointed as Playlist for Life’s interim Executive Director as of January 2023. Our previous Executive Director, Michelle Armstrong-Surgenor, stepped down in December 2022 to pursue an exciting new role at Scottish Brain Sciences. The Board and Team of Playlist for Life would like to thank Michelle Armstrong-Surgenor for all she has given to the charity during her time as Executive Director.

Michael Timmons has been involved with Playlist for Life since 2016 and most recently held the role of Head of Operations/Deputy Executive Director.

Michael said:

“In my experience of working in the community, the care sector and supporting loved ones who lived with dementia, a personalised playlist of meaningful music is one of the most powerful tools we have to help people. It can truly provide a lifeline and it is more important than ever before that people have access to their own personalised playlist and the resources to help them create it.

I’m honoured and excited to lead the charity and the fantastic team we have here. This year marks the 10th birthday of Playlist for Life. We are excited to celebrate how far we have come as a charity and are eager to reach even more people living with dementia, their families and carers.

We all have a unique personalised playlist, so get started and make one for yourself or someone close to you now.”

About Michael 

Michael Timmons earned a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Glasgow and has over 10 years’ experience in the voluntary and health and social care sector working to drive change in communities.
He has been part of the Playlist for Life team since 2016, most recently as Head of Operations/Deputy Executive Director. Michael has worked in a variety of leadership roles in different organisations
including Wheatley Care, a leading provider of care and support services in Scotland. Michael is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Patients Advocacy Service at The State Hospital, a service providing advocacy to people detained under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.  Beyond his work with Playlist for Life, Michael is a musician and has performed across the UK and Europe.

About Playlist for Life 

Playlist for Life is a music and dementia charity. Our charity was founded in 2013 by writer and broadcaster Sally Magnusson after the death of her mother, Mamie, who lived with dementia.  

Over two decades of scientific research has shown that listening to a personalised playlist can improve the lives of those living with dementia. In fact, listening to music that is personally meaningful has many psychological benefits, meaning anyone can benefit from a playlist. 

Playlist for Life harnesses the powerful effects of personal music to help anyone who is living with dementia, their families and carers.  Get started on a playlist today.