David Ward has spent a lifetime in the Music Industry, 25 years as an entertainer, singer, comedian, three years as a club and concert promoter, 15 years as a professional singer and comedian and 25 years as a recording studio owner/manager/sound engineer, some of these concurrently. He founded Gateway Studios in 1976 and was also the founder of the Gateway School of Recording, Music Technology and Music Business Studies. Gateway was the first independent music industry school in Europe and pioneered many new learning methods and areas of study.
David’s lifelong commitment to education continues with his work as a founder and Executive Director of JAMES. He is also a Director of APRS, Chair of the Music Education Council Music Technology group. He writes qualifications for awarding bodies and travels widely as a consultant to education authorities, government departments and institutions in course design, listening skills and education facility design.
One of his greatest delights is explaining the world of sound and recording to people and organisations outside the music industry and has recently been involved with designing courses for a major manufacturer of PA equipment.
David trained as a therapist in Psychosynthesis and Positive Psychology and uses this work in an education context, researching and developing learning skills. Over the last 10 years he has developed a system of Stress Relief and Resilience called Dynamic Calm © which he is now bringing to the Music Industry in the UK.
He still sings and performs albeit without the beard and long hair that he used to hide behind.
Richard has over 30 years in the music education. His musical career started in 1981 as a trumpet player in the British Army. Following this, he joined Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers in 1990 where he was appointed as the Sales Executive, spending a lot of his time visiting shops within the UK and mainland Europe. After a brief time at International Music Publication, Richard joined Yamaha as a Regional Manager in 2001 within the Acoustic Division. During this role, he looked after sales of brass and woodwind instruments for shops in the South-East of England.
In 2006 he was asked to join the American company ‘MakeMusic’, a company that specialised in notation software. Within his position as the International Sales Manager, he travelled extensively, dealing with global distributors all around the world.
In 2009, Richard joined Notion Music as the Sales Director and helped build up this notation program's international presence, which led to the company being purchased by PreSonus in 2013. At PreSonus, he became the Education Manager for the EMEA territory, leaving in 2014 to work on various free-lance projects. These included, Music Futures (Business Development Coordinator), Piano Adventure (UK Marketing Consultant), UCan Play (helping grow the Connect: Resound distant learning platform) and writing for various music magazines, including the Music Teacher Magazine and the Music Masters Association (MMA).
Following a brief time of working part-time as Steinberg’s UK Education Specialist, in 2015 he was offered the full time role of UK Education Manager for Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.
Richard brings all this experience to his role as Executive Director of TiME.
Kate has 25 years of experience in music, education and inclusion leadership. She is
passionate about enabling projects to grow and flourish by bringing people together
and collectively working towards unified goals.
Kate brings her experience as a professional musician, studio engineer and music lecturer to develop and lead a
comprehensive set of large-scale music and arts education projects.
Kate’s work has progressed young people, emerging professionals and experienced practitioners in
their lives and careers and has nurtured many successful partnerships between music
industry professionals, funding bodies and arts organisations, creating meaningful
In his role as Lead for Music Technology at Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service, Brad is responsible for supporting, training and developing teachers’ ability and confidence to deliver music (enriched by technology) and music technology explicitly. His work involves developing partnerships and creating resources, as well as writing schemes and packages of work relating to music and music technology.
Bradley successfully completed a Primary PGCE with Music Specialism, a BA in Music Technology and Innovation and is a member of a special interest group for music technology education.
After University, Bradley set up his own music education business, delivering Production and Turntablism workshops for a broad range of educational establishments. After this, he completed a Primary PGCE with music specialism and went on to teach in several primary schools, including a primary PRU, taking the lead as school Music Coordinator. From there, he began his current job role working at the county music service. His most notable project so far has been the development of a unit of Turntablism which has been running for 2 years in the county and has, so far, been accessed by over 2,500 pupils.
Simon Glenister founded Noise Solution in 2009 to use music technology to create social impact. Noise Solution combines music mentoring, often focused on electronic music and beat making, with the weekly creation and sharing of a ‘digital story’ displaying highlights from each music making session. This sharing is achieved via Noise Solution’s own bespoke social media network designed specifically to work for participants’, their family and any professionals they may be working with.
The platform encourages everyone to contribute to the digital story as it develops. We allow people to feel in control of their sessions (autonomous), feel good at something (competent), and share it meaningfully within networks (related).
Autonomy, competency and relatedness are ‘psychological needs’ all equally vital to well-being. Well-being increases are irrefutably proven to positively impact on health, engagement and educational outcomes. An independent, cabinet office funded report recently found Noise Solution to be ‘Highly statistically significant’ in impacting on well-being.
Simon has recently completed his research Masters at Cambridge University, the focus of the research being effective engagement, well-being and impact capture using mixed methodologies around Noise Solution's work.
Max is a musician/producer, consultant, author and youth music tutor, specialising in Rap, Urban & Electronic music, soundtracks, remixes and peer-to-peer education projects.
He has conducted over 200 workshops across the country teaching Rap, beatmaking, songwriting and production to everyone from young offenders to social workers and in primary schools, special needs projects and community groups.
His work on lyric writing with young people is soon to be highlighted in a peer reviewed journal by academic Luke Dickens.
As a recording artist on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label, Max is one half of duo Anushka with over 750k plays on Soundcloud, an album and world tour in 2014 and Radio 1 plaudits from Annie Mac, Skream and others.
Mat Andasun is a multi - instrumental performer and composer who writes music for TV and film. He has been a community musician since 1993 and continues to maintain an active presence as a music practitioner in Early Years music and music for SEN.
Inspired by the use of music technology in education work, he created an exciting new music software programme for Early Years, Key Stages 1 & 2 and SEN called Mr Mangle’s Magical Music Factory.
The software uses a child –friendly GUI to capture everyday sounds that through sample manipulation, can be turned into weird and wonderful story sounds. The software is central to Mat’s idea that music & sound creation can be used in educational contexts to transform children’s lives.