Dovetail Orchestra is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), register number 1206563. This is our board:

Portrait of Pippa Craggs
Music has been a lifelong passion. I started playing the flute at a young age and after years of immersion in Somerset’s youth music scene, I went on to study music at Birmingham University. On graduating I joined the administrative team for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and later for the BBC Proms.

My career has taken me down a different path – into the world of academia, initially building international partnerships for the Arts and Humanities Research Council and, most recently, as Chief Operating Officer for a large research infrastructure in the NHS – but music remains my home. I perform as much as possible and play principal flute for various ensembles and projects in the Bristol area. I also enjoy teaching meditation and mindfulness when time allows.

Dovetail is very close to my heart. Music has a transformative power and an ability to connect people, no matter what life experiences we have encountered along the way. Dovetail embodies this. It is a joy to be part of such a special community of musicians from all over the world.

Antonio Silva

I grew up in Fatima, Portugal, where I lived and worked with my family at our restaurant.

English always came naturally to me through the influence of media and music. 

In 2015 at the age of 22 I decided to move to the UK and Bristol has been my home since then.

I started work at a local restaurant but decided that I wanted to improve my skills and pursue a career in something I could be good at.

Finance was again the natural choice for me and so I started an AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification, which kickstarted my career and landed me an entry level role with Ford in 2019. There I had several roles ranging from credit control to banking accounts. 

After a few years, I got a role at the University of Bristol at their accounts department where I helped to manage the finances and reporting of research grants within the health care sector. Here I met our other trustee Pippa Craggs, with whom I became friends.

From then on, I also worked within IVC Evidensia as a Management Accountant and am now starting a new role with Futura Learning Partnership as a Senior Finance Business Partner. 

In terms of music, I began learning to play the flute and music theory 2 years ago and take regular lessons. It’s my favourite hobby!

I’m excited to be given an opportunity to give back to the community where my financial skills and love of music can be of benefit. 


Khrystyna Demenchenko

Khrystyna has practiced law in Ukraine for 8 years and began playing jembe with the Dovetail Orchestra about 6 months ago. Currently, she works as a freelance translator and interpreter and enjoys writing poetry as a hobby.

Sherien Elsheikh

Sherien Elsheikh has been engaging refugees and asylum seekers for several years, working as the Drop-in coordinator for Refugee Women of Bristol and as an ambassador and producer for Bristol Refugee Festival. With a background in graphic design, Sherien is a member of Bristol Refugee Artists’ Collective and uses many different media within her own work to explore her African culture. From 2021-2022 Sherien worked on the Spike Print Studio Home Print Packs and Mobile Print Project. She has delivered print making workshops at the Arnolfini and with Bristol MIND for refugees living in hotels as well as at many Celebrating Sanctuary events for BRF. Sherien provides Arabic translation for workshop participants.

Richard Pendlebury

Up until recently Richard was the Chief Executive of the Anchor Society, a grant making charity serving older people in the greater Bristol region and served for 7 years as the first chair of Bristol and Bath Regional Capital, a social investment Community Interest Company.   Prior to this he established a number of charities including Changing Tunes, Emmaus Bristol and The Beacon Centre, Cardiff.  

He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the County and City of Bristol in June 2010. He is currently in nomination to be High Sheriff of Bristol for 2024-25. 

Richard was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours 2009 and a Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration by the University of the West of England. 

Richard is an ordained minister in the Church of England.  

Sam Saeedipoor

Having lived experience as an asylum seeker, I understand the challenge of starting over, of seeking refuge, and healing from the journey through community support. In Iran, I was a qualified Mechanical Engineer. I was working toward a PhD whilst working for BMW. However, without warning, I was forced to flee for my life, leaving my parents and my country, without saying goodbye. After seeking asylum for many years, life brought me here to Bristol, where I was granted refuge and found Aid Box Community. Through this community, I have found healing, connection, and meaning. Being part of this community allows me to give to others what I needed on this journey – kindness, caring, and connection. 

Music has always been a part of my life – I comes from a musical home, where poetry and music were part of my daily life. I trained in violin and piano, and the Ney-anbān, an instrument from my region in Iran. The childhood memories of my mother playing piano whilst my grandmother would sing bring me joy, warm my heart, and give me strength in trying times. Supporting Dovetail Orchestra is a way of continuing this joy in this new chapter of my life.

Safeguarding statement:

Our primary aim is to create a safe space for all involved. 

We believe everyone has the right to live free from abuse or neglect regardless of age, ability or disability, sex, race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital, gender status and immigration status.

We are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment and an open, listening culture where people feel able to share concerns without fear of retribution.

We acknowledge that safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and is committed to prevent abuse and neglect through safeguarding the welfare of everyone involved.

We recognise that health, well-being, ability, disability and need for care and support can affect a person’s resilience. We recognise that some people experience barriers to communication,  for example in raising concerns or seeking help . We recognise that these factors can vary at different points in people’s lives.

We recognise that there is a legal framework within which our organisation needs to work to safeguard adults who have needs for care and support and for protecting those who are unable to take action to protect themselves. We will act in accordance with the relevant safeguarding adult legislation and with local statutory safeguarding procedures.

Actions taken by Dovetail Orchestra will be consistent with the principles of safeguarding, ensuring that any action taken is prompt, proportionate and that it includes and respects the voice of the adult concerned.

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