Kentish Town charity’s heads given OBEs

A Kentish Town charity now boasts not one but two ‘OBEs’ on its staff.

Nordoff Robbins’ CEO Pauline Etkin and chairman David Munns were both awarded OBEs in the 2013 New Year Honours list for services to music therapy and services to charity and the music industry respectively.

South African-born Ms Etkin, a Kentish Town resident, said she was “delighted and overwhelmed” by the honour, which she accepted on behalf of all Nordoff Robbins’ clients and their carers, our therapists and staff, our generous supporters and all those in the music therapy profession.

Mr Munns said he could “think of few people more deserving” than Ms Etkin, who has been leading the music therapy charity since 1991.

“Pauline Etkin has dedicated her life to Nordoff Robbins and to music therapy. There are thousands of people who have had their lives transformed because of her work and her compassion.”

Mr Munns, who has been chairman of Nordoff Robins since 2010, said he was “honoured, grateful and very surprised” to receive his own award.

“Having worked in the music industry for 40 years, supporting Nordoff Robbins always felt like a natural fit. I’ve made music my career – and Nordoff Robbins uses music to give something back.”

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