To broaden my horizons and learn from colleagues I have taken part in several collaborative violin making projects; in 2011, I joined a team of six violin makers from the UK and Germany to make a cello in a week at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Over the last few years I have been invited regularly by the Royal Northern College of Music with three colleagues to work in public making instruments which are then loaned to students; two violins, a viola and two cellos.

I have a strong commitment to encouraging the up and coming generation of younger luthiers. I chair the of the board of the Rowan Armour-Brown Trust, which gives help and support to student violin makers. As part of this I offer occasional periods of work experience to students during their professional training. I have been invited to give lectures to students at the Newark School of Violin Making and West Dean College. Developing on this work, I and two colleagues have taken over the running of the annual Lutherie conferences which take place in Newark each spring .

For twelve years I undertook much of the administration of Manchester Chamber Concerts Society, which promotes seven chamber music concerts annually, held at the Royal Northern College of Music.