North Wales Leadership Program helps music studio for disadvantaged children


A LEADERSHIP program hit all the right notes with a talented music studio manager.

Wrexham Sounds has gone from strength to strength since opening in February, providing disadvantaged children and young people with music-based activities, classes and lessons.

Schools, agencies, charities and families use the Rhosrobin-based social enterprise, which relies on a talented team of freelance tutors to deliver its services.

At the helm is Chief Executive Olivia Gallagher, a member of the current cohort of Level 7 CMI learners of the popular 20Twenty leadership program, delivered by Bangor University at Holt Lodge, Wrexham, to organizations in North Powys, Flintshire and Wrexham.

The 26-year-old says the interactive workshops, study sessions and networking with representatives from different industries have been invaluable.

“As Wrexham Sounds grows, I also grow professionally, constantly learning new things about this industry and gaining vital experience,” said Olivia, a former pupil of St Joseph’s High School.

“I thought it would be an interesting program that could help me develop my leadership and management skills, and it definitely has.

“In addition to the online and in-person seminars and workshops, I enjoyed interacting and sharing ideas with other members of the group, who come from a variety of backgrounds.”


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A former PGCE student at Aberystwyth University, Olivia also holds a degree in Interactive Arts from Manchester Metropolitan University and studied at the University of Lapland under the Erasmus programme.

She added: “As an organisation, we have forged strong links in the public and private sectors, as well as with educators, third sector organizations and charities.

“Since opening, we have made tremendous progress and, as many have done during the pandemic, we have also overcome some challenges.

“Being part of the program has already given me more confidence and the lessons and guidance I have received have had a positive impact on how I approach my role strategically.

“With this also contributing to an MBA (Master of Business Administration) qualification, there are plenty of USPs out there, and I would certainly encourage others in management positions to enroll.”

Jackie Whittaker, Business Development Manager for 20Twenty, said, “It’s always encouraging to hear how Leading Growth programs have impacted those who participate in them and the organizations they represent, giving them the tools and techniques to succeed in management.

“I am delighted for Olivia, we wish her well with the rest of the course, and in her bright future with Wrexham Sounds.”

The next CMI (Chartered Management Institute) cohort of Levels 5-7 of senior executives, owners and directors begins in September.

Places are still available for the programs – which are 80% funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) through the Welsh Government.

For more information and to register, email [email protected] or visit the website:


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