Some of the great professionals involved with TiME

David Ward FRSA

Managing Director

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 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 was also the Education Director of APRS, the Association of Professional Recoding Studios and 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. With Richard Llewellyn he founded the new industry organisation TiME: Technology in Music Education C.I.C of which he is the Managing Director. He was recently honored to be confirmed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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. He was honoured to be a Visiting Fellow of Kingston University and a Visiting Professor of Music Technology at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki.

Kate Rounding

Development Director

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 social impact.

Wendy Laybourn

Director of Film and Media studies

My interest in production began, like most people involved in the industry, with a fascination for that 'land of magic' which is film. Growing up the North-East of England there was very little prospect of a career in the business but, coming from a time and place where everyone played a musical instrument of some kind and to varying degrees of proficiency, I put my energies into becoming a fairly respectable guitar player and spent much of my youth playing in Northern clubs.

By pure chance I met a couple of people who had just started a small London production company, so helping them evenings and weekends was my introduction to the film industry.

In the 1970's I joined a company which was dealing with the distribution of an American brand of post production equipment to 22 European outlets. I was an integral part of the team which introduced off-line editing into Europe. I helped to build this company into an international organisation with offices in Los Angeles and Moscow. Because of the work I did at the time, in
1972 I was invited to become a member of BAFTA for innovations in the off-line editing process.

In the 1980s I started a company with two partners, a brokerage which dealt with the sale of new and used film, television, sound and lighting equipment on an international basis. We produced a monthly publication of equipment for sale, which was distributed to an extensive readership. During this time I became a member of the BKSTS (British Kinematograph, Sound & Television Society) & the SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers)

In the early 1990s I became very much more involved with the BKSTS and represented the Society, in conjunction with the Northern Arts Board, on the Cinema 100 National Committee (the UK's celebration of 100 years of Cinema). In 1994 I was elected as the first woman Council Member of the BKSTS and subsequently elected as Honorary Secretary - then employed by the Society as Executive Director from 2003 until 2007, when the Society 'downsized'. I was awarded a Fellowship of the BKSTS - the first woman to be awarded this honour.

During this time I was appointed to the Board of the Children's Film Unit, a charitable organisation involving children between the ages of 11-18 in the art of film-making - becoming Chairman a few years later.

In 2003 I was accepted as a Friend of the British Society of Cinematographers, a member of the Visual Effects Society and a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

In 2009 to 2011 I published Network Nine News, a quarterly magazine aimed at young film makers, dealing with the skills and crafts involved in film production. From 2012 to date I have been working on a series of e-booklets through Amazon, aimed at students and young film makers about the realities of working in film. The series title is 'Do You Have What it Takes to Survive in Film Production?' with each booklet focusing on a particular department - eg, Production Office, Art Department etc.

I take every opportunity to speak to young people who are aiming to make a career in production - if I had been able to speak to someone when I started out who had with overall knowledge of film and who could have told me about the variety of creative jobs available, I may have taken a different route - however, it's a hard but wonderful business to be in.

Francesca Smith

Admin Director

Originally trained as a bi-lingual secretary (French and German) my first foray into full-time work was in the world of publishing (African and Middle Eastern publications).

Five years later, a chance to enter the world of television came via a position at the Royal Television Society in the1980s, editing the monthly Newsletter, organising the prestigious Journalism and Programme Awards, handling press & publicity, and organising a wide range of technical and non-technical courses.

The intense nature of my job allowed me to learn a massive amount of new skills, a strong work ethic and a real respect for the enormous range of talent within television. With a desire to “move on”, I joined Viewplan (TV equipment hire/OB facilities) looking after their Press & Publicity.

A chance meeting lead to a US trade association (ITS – International Teleproduction Society) inviting me to establish and run their European arm of the International Monitor Awards (creative awards in film and TV), as well as organising their first international symposium in London. I decided to take the plunge and go freelance in 1987. This allowed me to continue my press & publicity career, running the ITS and Monitor Awards in Europe, and producing/editing the twice yearly magazine, Zerb, for the Guild of Television Cameramen – busy times!!! Oh, and I got married and had a daughter … if you want something done, ask a busy person.

I returned to my beloved West Country in 1997 to work from home. As one door shut, another one opened (thank you Dennis Weinreich) and I was introduced to the APRS (Association of Professional Recording Services) to help develop and administer their new arm – APPS (Audio Post Production Studios). With their Head Office closing in Reading, I was invited to take over the administration and day to day running of the APRS working closely with the Board. For the last ten years we also ran the massively popular APRS Sound Fellowships Lunch event hosted by Sir George Martin, our President.

In 2016 the APRS was mothballed and, as if by magic, I was invited to become involved in the administration of JAMES Accreditation and now the Administration Director of TiME. The future looks bright.

Shay Sharma


Shay is a Poet, Rapper, Beat-Boxer, Producer and Community Music Leader. He specialises in Urban Music and Technology with a focus on social topics and heritage.

Shay has worked with organisations such as Leicester-shire Schools Music Service, Pedestrian Arts, Breakin Convention, Curve Theatre and The Prince's Trust to lead community music projects and to implement innovative units of work into primary and secondary music education.

In 2011, Shay founded The Underground Creatives, a social enterprise which specialises in delivering Music and Media projects in community and school settings. The Underground Creatives is fuelled by collaboration between artists from various backgrounds to produce a diverse range of live and digital shows, workshops and projects.

As an independent artist, Shay is known as Mr Shay and regularly releases music with a keen eye on creating unique looking visuals. He has collaborated with local rap artists such as Leicester’s, Jafro and Deelite MC, as well as internationally, with India’s well known electronic producer Bandish Projekt, with heavy endorsement from BBC Asian Network’s, Bobby Friction.

Tricia Gardiner


Tricia has 20 years experience of curriculum design for vocational qualifications with in Further Education and Specialist Arts Colleges and was Line Lead for the Creative & Media Diploma in Erewash Derbyshire responsible for with connecting education with professionals from the cultural sector to create ‘real life’ learning experiences beyond the classroom.

She is a firm believer that real work based learning’s develops critical thinking, problem solving and decision making , leading to deeper understanding of the subject they are studying.


“ Learning Outside of the classroom contributes significantly to raising standards and improving pupils’ personal, social and emotional development. “

Tricia left education in 2012 and founded Offshoot East Midlands CIC to create projects that agrees identified community need. She works closely with communities who are experiencing challenging circumstances and barriers for individuals to realise their full potential in life.

Projects are written through consultation with groups and individuals who play an integral part in designing projects with a focus on identify and utilising community assists - Projects written by the community for the community.

Tricia is particularly interested in supporting Young People and recognises the importance of including them as meaningful contributors in the social and economic aspects of community building . Offshoots’ Award Winning, Youth Music Funded Circle of Light project for Young People 18 - 25 is a prime example of this. The project has seen the group of participants grow into young innovators, where they have set up and run their own record label to facilitate the release of their music to include an annual album, run a Circle of Light recording studio, achieve local and national awards and secure funding for their ‘Between You & Me Podcast’ - A podcast providing a platform for Young People to have a voice about Arts, Culture, Heritage & Wellbeing.

Naji Richards


Naji 'Wavey' Richards has been working in grass roots community music for over 30 years, working for most of the major Arts and Music providers across Leicester, tutoring and mentoring young people on their musical journeys.

A member of the first generation of Hip Hop heads in Leicester Naji is still active on the underground Hip Hop scene as a producer both locally and internationally. He still DJs at Hip Hop events in the UK, Italy and Portugal.

Naji is a proud advocate for Hip-Hop arts, especially Hip-Hop music production and has a deep passion for passing on the energy of the old school to the new generations of Hip-Hop producers, MC's and DJ's.

Phil Bodger


Phil started his engineering career in the late ‘70s, training at Morgan and Lansdowne Studios. He rose to house engineer at Regents Park Studios, before going free-lance in the early ‘80s.

Over three decades, Phil has recorded and mixed in the music, film and podcast industries.

As a producer and mixer, he achieved chart success with Maxi Priest, Cathy Dennis, The Housemartins, D Mob, The Lighthouse Family, The Proclaimers, Paul Hardcastle and Dave Stewart with Colin Blunstone and Barbara Gaskin. Phil has also worked with Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno, Trevor Horn, John Williams, Ray Davies, Tina Turner, John Cale, Imogen Heap, Danny D, Dave Stewart, Stevie Wonder and The Brand New Heavies.Film score credits include ‘Evelyn’, ‘Bride of The Wind,’ and ‘Delovely’, featuring Robbie Williams, Alanis Morisette, Sheryl Crow, Natalie Cole, Mick Hucknall, Diana Krall and Elvis Costello.

In 2008, Phil helped design, develop and lecture on the Music Production FdA at City College, Brighton & Hove, and in 2011 he headed the online Music Mixing module at Point Blank, London.

Phil continues to provide on set recording and playback for feature films, and location recording and mixing for podcast and radio.

Susan Hickey


Susan Hickey is an award-winning entrepreneur, media presenter, producer & author. As Co-Founder of GoCreate Academy, she has run hundreds of educational courses, seminars and live sessions online.

She’s worked internationally for T.V., Radio and online as a presenter & interviewer, including U.K.’s Channel4, Spain’s MobuzzTV and Ireland’s RTE - covering diverse subject matters from technology to finance.

She is currently the host of GCTV Live and GCA’s live webinars - presenting insights into the world of media and creativity from leading global experts.
Susan has also regularly hosted famous events around the world like the Cannes Film Festival, UEFA Supercup, Sony World Photography Awards, Shares Awards and corporate events at famous locations like New York’s Bryant Park, Grosvenor House London, the Monte Carlo Sporting Club, Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, and often in several languages. She is popular as a voice-over artist and has featured on adverts and online productions for Coca~Cola, Samsung, Toyota, Now Magazine, several radio stations and audio storybooks.

Susan holds bespoke workshops worldwide in presenting and vlogging for different platforms, recently appearing in Dublin, Zurich, Dubai, Singapore and K.L. She holds a M.A. (English & Spanish) from Trinity College Dublin and a diploma in Creative Radio Advertising from the University of West London.
Passionate about learning and creativity, she was recently recognised by the Irish Governme to receive an award as one of Ireland’s top female business leaders. She is the co-author and presenter of the world’s first academic qualification in Vlogging and is a popular platform speaker at media and educational events.

Peter Stone


Peter Stone (FLCM) is an award winning creative producer, sought after public speaker & presenter and passionate about all things ‘sound'. He has a track record of innovative and creative ‘firsts’.

Peter combines his deep knowledge and passion for creativity in unique ways. Initially trained as a classical pianist & composer at the Royal Academy of Music - winning two Lloyd Webber Piano Awards - Peter became the youngest examiner of the London College of Music. He then became a sound designer (Roland, Novation, Korg, Emagic), producer, composer and performer working with several top artists including Madonna, Kenny Rogers, Simply Red, Go West, Tony Hadley, Boys Own, Status Quo, Leo Sayer, Cliff Richard, UB40, Let Loose, Jon Parr and many other top artists.

He has written brand and advertising music for Coca~Cola, Samsung, Blossom Hill, Ford, DFS, Clear Blue, Vue, Warner Village Cinema, Quickstep, Motorola, Sainsburys, BT, Cosmo Girl, Wella, Saab, Granada, Pizza Hut, Universal, Easy Jet & many more international brands. He has also co-written/produced/programmed several top 10 chart hits.

Peter went on to use his extensive sound expertise to take charge of radio advertising production for Capital Radio Group. He helped develop what became known as the 'creative led sell', which was attributed to increasing the UK radio industry's market share by a huge 4%. His team also won several prestigious industry awards including Cannes Golds, Sony’s & Media Week prizes.

Peter has combined his intrinsic understanding of the role of sound/media in marketing and communications with his academic and scientific experience, to Co-Found GoCreate Academy. GCA have created the world’s first qualifications in areas such as Creative Radio Advertising, Vlogging, Podcasting and Mobile Film Making.

Matthew Rusk


Matthew is a professional guitar teacher based in Sheffield, England.

He runs working with hundreds of music teachers in the UK and abroad providing them with music students to teach.

His platforms have generated over 50,000 student enquiries since 2012, working with teachers across a wide range of musical instruments to find them the music students that enable them to build successful careers in music education.

If you are a music teacher interested in increasing the number of students that you teach then do reach out. Matthew is always keen to work with professional music teachers who have a commitment to providing quality music education to students based around the world.

Elliot Smith


Elliott Smith is the creator of the music classroom and homework website

With over 20 years of teaching experience, across all sectors, Elliott has developed hundreds of self marking games and interactive activities designed to save music teachers valuable time.

Carl Stanbury


Carl director of Art of Love CIC, came into the music industry 20 years ago as a DJ when garage music was at its peak and a new music trend was starting to take over called grime.

With a career spanning in many different roles within the industry, Carl has produced for and worked alongside established and upcoming artist in the industry. He’s also ran a record label, managed and help struggling artist develop their careers over the years.

Carl now plays a key role in the Wandsworth borough community providing music & content production tuition for young people from difficult backgrounds, ex-offenders and the community, to give them a chance to stand and work on their own in the creative arts industry.

Jay Stapley


Jay’s wide experience in the music industry spans over 4 decades and includes almost every aspect of musical life, from playing guitar with artists including Roger Waters, Mike Oldfield, Suede, Scott Walker, Westernhagen and many more to being signed as an artist to a major label; from writing music for TV and Films to setting up his own label and publishing company: from playing gigs in venues ranging from wine-bars to football stadiums, running his own studio and demonstrating high-tech music technology for Roland, Digidesign, and more.

Jay delivers masterclasses on a wide variety of music-related subjects, most recently for the London Mayor's office at their 'Gigs' day in Trafalgar Square, London.

Jay’s experience as a teacher includes course-writing and teaching at all levels (including B.Mus) and delivering masterclasses on various aspects of music composition, production and delivery, stagecraft, performance, etc.

Bradley Smith


In his role as Assistant Head and 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.

Max Wheeler


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.

Emily Grimes


Emily Grimes is a music therapist at Nordoff Robbins, the largest national music therapy charity in the country supporting vulnerable and isolated individuals through the skilled and supportive use of music.

After reading psychology at university, Emily worked as a family support adviser at a small charity supporting families who have children and young people with additional needs. After seeing and experiencing the power of music and its benefits, she trained in a ‘person centred and music focussed’ approach to music therapy with Nordoff Robbins at a Masters level.

Emily has experience working musically with adults and children, ranging across many different areas including mental health, neuro rehab, and dementia, as well as supporting those with learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) and people who have physical disabilities.

A big believer in the community music therapy model, Emily co-leads two community choirs, based both online and in person at the Nordoff Robbins Centre in North London, welcoming people of all ages, experiences and abilities, and regularly facilitates performance opportunities.

Emily has been working to provide digital music therapy resources for people to use at home, including singing and instrument-based activities, multi-sensory resources, and providing opportunities for people to access music therapy groups online from wherever they are, encouraging accessibility and community.

As well as being a Nordoff Robbins trained therapist, Emily is also an accomplished singer/songwriter and continues to perform in bands and duos outside of her music therapy work.

Joshua Byrne

Marketing + Communications Director

Having worked in the industry for 10+ years, Josh has represented a definitive who's who list of musical talent, with a dedicated focus on Electronic, Soul, Jazz and Experimental music. With a client list that includes Universal Records, !K7, Sonar Kollektiv, First Word Records, Black Acre & more - Josh provides informed, strategic and forward-thinking campaigns across press and radio. Also spending his time developing new musical projects, and releasing records via his XVI Records and High Praise imprints (as well as DJ'ing and hosting a regular show on Peckham's Balamii Radio), Josh works closely with artists, record labels and musical institutions from around the world, helping ensure that their output finds its audience.

Professor Adam Ockleford


Adam is Professor of Music and Director of the Applied Music Research Centre at the University of Roehampton in London. With a group of parents and friends, Adam founded The Amber Trust in 1994.

Adam has had a lifelong fascination for music, as a composer, performer, teacher and researcher. While attending the Royal Academy of Music in London, Adam started working with children with special needs - a number of whom, he noticed, had special musical abilities too - and he became interested in how we all intuitively make sense of music, without the need for formal education. Adam pursued this line of enquiry, and gained a PhD in music at Goldsmith's College in London in 1993, in which he set out his 'zygonic' theory of musical understanding. This theory has proved a valuable tool in music theory and analysis, in investigating musical development, and exploring interaction in music therapy and education.

Adam is Secretary of the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research ('SEMPRE'), Chair of Soundabout, an Oxfordshire-based charity that supports music provision for children and young people with complex needs; and founder of The AMBER Trust, a charity that supports visually impaired children in their pursuit of music.

Adam's research interests are in music psychology, education, theory and aesthetics - particularly special educational needs and the development of exceptional abilities; learning, memory and creativity; the cognition of musical structure and the construction of musical meaning. He welcomes enquiries from PhD students with any of these or related areas of interest.

He has worked with young people who are blind or partially sighted for over the last 35 years, at Linden Lodge School in Wandsworth and the RNIB, and has researched and written widely on how visual impairment affects children’s developing musicality. Adam’s longest-standing student is Derek Paravicini, with whom he has worked since 1984, when Derek was just five years old.

Emmie Ward


Emmie Ward is a folk musician who works as a music and folk arts practitioner. She is the lead tutor for the Folk Unlimited inclusive music project at the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
Folk Unlimited is a three year project which aims to help clients build music skills, learn about the musical traditions of the British Isles and enjoy folk dancing and music making together.
For several years she has worked in a wide variety of settings including Day Centres, FE colleges and schools where she has worked as an SEN/D lecturer often with people with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD).
In her music facilitation role Emmie blends traditional acoustic sounds with the use of music technology and is excited by the potential this gives participants to compose and create and explore.
Emmie specialises in using a multi-sensory approach to storytelling and music and is a member of the multi - sensory storytelling cooperative “Soundtracks”, who offer bespoke storytelling sessions for schools and colleges. They have also been commissioned by the London Wildlife trust to deliver a series of themed stories around “The Great North Wood” helping people learn about their natural heritage.
Emmie has also facilitated many community arts projects such as “Everybody Dance” a dance project with performers with PMLD and also lead an inclusive choir in Weighting by Extraordinary Bodies, an inspirational, inclusive, touring circus which travelled the UK and collaborated with each local community.

Ray Meadham


Ray Meadham a classical trained musician who studied at Trinity College of Music London. Started playing trombone at 12 years old & was Grade 8 by 14. Was a member of National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain & European community youth jazz orchestra.

After years as a touring musician he became a peripatetic brass teacher in Northampton working with NMPAT, lectured at University of Northampton and Head of Music at Northampton College working with the architects to create the new multi million facilities including 3 recording studios & live underground venue.

Using his links with tech partners to bring SSL, Avid, SSE , Midas , Roland, Yamaha & more. He got the college Apple credited training program status & became a Roland Academy.

He taught Slowthai, Flux Pavilion & Temples at the college as well as VV Brown and others in schools. He was governor for Northampton School for Girls helping to get music college specialist status and taught at many schools across Northampton. Was an external verifier for Edexcel music programmes incl The Brits school as one of his centres.

Set up A n R music Management and got artists signed to labels incl Sony, worked with Grammy producers, songwriters and had artists play at Madison Sq Gardens, Las Vegas & major festivals. As an entrepreneur he set up Multiview Media Ltd delivering a Multi camera angle player that allows fans to be the director. Featured at CES 2021 & awarded best use of tech by Verizon Media. Featured in Music Week, Pollstar.

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Dr Enrico Bertelli


I think I was born with sticks in my hands, handed over by my father Pietro, a very passionate contemporary percussionist.

Conservatoire and Uni took me from Venice (the floating one) to Verona (nope, the balcony’s fake) to an MA in Cardiff and PhD at York. It was in those chilling temperatures that Arduino, the second best Italian invention, with the first being the Renaissance, gradually transformed me into a creative coder, teacher and company director.

Proud Londoner since 2008, I co-founded Conductive Music, a STEAM-focused teaching company, because I wanted to share more than staves and ABRSM with the kids whose silver spoon never made it into their mouths.

Together with Dr. Emily Robertson, we experimented in the depths of East London and gradually developed a methodology which works wonders in engaging children from challenging backgrounds.

As Conductive Music approaches 10 years, we are proud of 5,000 workshops, 25,000 students and teachers taught, partners in 20 countries and lecturers in over 50 universities in the UK, Spain, Denmark, Hong Kong, Thailand and Japan.

Check out our online lessons at and contact us for more!

Matt Cox


Matt Cox has been working professionally in the Live Music Industry since 1995. After graduating from City College Manchester with an HND in Music Tech, Matt worked as a runner and then assistant engineer at a Manchester Recording Studio before ultimately finding his way into the Live Music world as a MIDI/Keyboard Technician and Playback Engineer.

That journey has continued to this day and Matt counts himself lucky to have worked with established artists such as The Chemical Brothers, Snow Patrol and Jeff Lynne’s ELO (amongst many others) as well as with emerging electronic artists such as the UK’s ‘Sub Focus’.

In tandem with this touring Matt also helped develop the company ‘Gravity Rigs’ ( formed to provide a design and build service for artists requiring touring systems. The MuSOS project is the next step on the journey with Matt as its main founder.

Irene Lo Coco


Irene qualified as a Music Therapist in 2007 and gained further certification as Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow, MATADOC Assessor and NICU-Music Therapist.

Her clinical experience includes working with children and adults with a range of needs, including neuro-rehabilitation, dementia, learning disabilities, ASD, behavioural difficulties and complex medical needs.

She has also worked in perinatal care and adult mental health, among a variety of settings in the UK and abroad. Irene has a passion for evidence-based research and an adaptable and caring provision.

Further to her clinical work, Irene is involved in research related to applied music technology in music therapy, and holds the role of Music Technology Lead at Chiltern Music therapy.

Roger Firman


Roger is CEO at Golden Chord, a personalised transcription service for music, music-related and other materials in braille. He is also an organist.

He understands the practical needs of visually impaired musicians first-hand, and his deep understanding of this side of working with accessible documentation will give a unique perspective to his work leading UKAAF into the post-COVID world.

Amongst Roger’s early priorities is the ICEB (International Council on English Braille) 7th annual general assembly which was postponed from May. UKAAF has been significantly involved in the event as the host country. The decision now is whether that event will take place virtually or in person come October. Longer term goals include widening the current membership, building alliances with other charities, extending the use of webinars and exploring new communications channels.

Commenting on his appointment, Roger said, “Obviously, I’m delighted to have been elected, but overriding everything else right now is the coronavirus Pandemic, which is affecting all of our lives but I’m particularly conscious of the impact on UKAAF members. Physical distancing has unique problems for blind and partially sighted people, and for many of us it will cause great social isolation, which deeply concerns me.”

Amy Dickens


Women in Tech Advocate | Researcher in Accessible Music Technologies | Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies & Web Accessibility Specialist (awarded by International Association of Accessibility Professionals)

Rachel Stapey


Within a year of launching her online music education platform, I can compose, Rachel has been winner of Outstanding Music Education Product in the 2019 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence and one of five winners of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation Award for disabled entrepreneurs.

Rachel is passionate about composition in the classroom and has created interactive step-by-step courses using tried and tested methods from her classroom, to help students with composing in a range of styles and genres.

An experienced and highly motivated music educator, Rachel has taught across the age range (11-18) since 2005, specialising in GCSE & A level composition.

Rachel is an engaging presenter and delivers CPD training for secondary music teachers, is a member of the ISM Educators' Special Interest Group, on the board of Trustees for Drake Music and is also an Expert Reviewer of music teaching resources for Zigzag Education.

Read Rachel's interview with our TiME Development Director Kate Rounding.

Simon Glennister


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.

Dan Francis


Senior Leader with over 19 years experience within education as a Music Teacher, Head of Department, Assistant Headteacher, Head of Service and Consultant across the Primary and Secondary sector.
Experienced in Change Management; Strategic Management; Budget planning and control; Event and Project Management; Curriculum design, delivery and assessment across KS2-5 including Music, Technology and Production; Staff Training for specialist and non-specialist teachers and musicians. Examiner, Assessor and Lead Internal Verifier for A-Level, GCSE, BTEC and Arts Award. Regular presenter at National Conferences throughout the UK.
Musical Director across a range of genres, specialising in Musical Theatre and Big Band.
Trumpet and Piano player, with performing and recording experience for BBC Scotland, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St Paul's Cathedral, Belfast Waterfront, Manchester Bridgewater, Edinburgh Usher Hall and Fringe Festival, SECC, Smetana Hall and Esterhazy Palace.
Passionate about developing and working with teams of local and national colleagues to advocate for a co-ordinated approach to high quality delivery of music services.
Strong believer in the power of music as a vehicle for change in the lives of young people.

Professor Andrew King


Dr Andrew King is Head of the School of the Arts and a Reader in Music at the University of Hull. Editor of The Journal of Music, Technology, and Education since 2010 he is also a member of the Education Committee of the Audio Engineering Society and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is the first editor of Music, Technology, Education: Critical Perspectives (2016), The Routledge Companion to Music, Technology, and Education (2017), and the forthcoming Music, Technology, Innovation: Critical Perspectives (2021).

Dr Phil Harding


Phil Harding joined the music industry at the Marquee Studios in 1973, engineering for the likes of The Clash, Killing Joke, Toyah and Matt Bianco by the late 1970s.

In the 1980s, Phil mixed for Stock, Aitken & Waterman tracks such as You Spin Me Round by Dead or Alive followed by records for Mel & Kim, Bananarama, Rick Astley, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Pet Shop Boys and Kylie Minogue.

In the1990s, Phil set up his own facility at The Strongroom with Ian Curnow. Further hits followed with productions for East 17 (including Stay Another Day), Deuce, Boyzone, 911 and Let Loose.

Recent projects include the book PWL from the Factory Floor (2010, Cherry Red Books) and mixing Sir Cliff Richard’s 2011 album Soulicious. Harding has recently worked for Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes To Hollywood), Tina Charles, Samantha Fox, Belinda Carlisle and Curiosity with his new production team PJS Productions.

He is currently Co-Chair of JAMES along with Dennis Weinreich and was the Chairman of the Music Producers Guild. Phil completed his doctorate in Music Production at Leeds Beckett University, April 2017.

Matt Andasun


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.

Rita Campbell


Rita began touring and writing with her first band at the age of 15, which soon led to a full time career as Songwriter and session singer - working in all genares from Pop to drum 'n bass, dance, rock and TV.

She has worked and written with a diverse range of artists including Steps (for whom she wrote the UK Number 1 hit ‘Stomp’), Michael McDonald, Cher, Paul Weller, The Brand New Heavies, Westlife, Jools Holland, StoneBridge & Westlife… Being a prolific songwriter, covering a broad range of genres with many cuts and releases for various artists, she is also regularly approached to write for TV, film & ads, keeping her very busy in her London studio.

Rita stands as one of the UK’s most in demand featured vocal artists & songwriters and has lent her songwriting skills and voice to some of the biggest tracks in the worlds of pop and dance. Her distinctive voice is most widely known for featuring on huge chart anthems ‘Crazy World’ and ‘In This Silence’. As a session vocalist, Rita's vocals and backing vocals can be heard in many genres and medias from TV and Radio ads to X Factor UK & USA and Britain's got talent, USA's got talent - for which Rita records all the backing vocals for air.

Rita is a revered performer and has sung and toured all over the world, in an array of venues, ranging from Ronnie Scotts, to Glastonbury, Wembley, Hyde Park, to Ibiza via key clubs like Pacha, BCM and to countries as far a field as Paraguay, Australia, Singapore, Dubai, Brazil, USA, Europe, Japan, Russia and Siberia.

Rita continues to write & perform. As well as being vocal coach & giving masterclasses and workshops. Rita sits on the Songwriterʼs Executive Committee & Gold Badge Committee at BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors), The Singerʼs committee at Equity, and has been a UK judge for the Eurovision Song Contest and Ivor Norvello Awards.

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Gary Bromham


Gary began his production/writing career in Iceland of all places! During his time spent working in Iceland he co-produced the Eurovision entry (nil points I hear you say!), made an album with jazz-funk band Mezzoforte and worked with the now in-famous artist, Bjork.

Whilst working with Andrew Ridgeley on his solo album Gary was also fortunate enough to work with George Michael on some of the album, which was understandably very inspirational. Though not hugely successful in commercial terms, the recording of this album did teach him a great deal in respect of the calibre of session musicians he was working with and the type of studio he was able to record in.

As a result of Gary writing with Andrew Ridgeley he was offered his first publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music in 1990. This proved to be a great success. Gary wrote with many varied and successful artists and songwriters including Sheryl Crow, Bow Wow Wow, The Tubes’ Fee Waybill, Robbie Neville, Eddie Money and The Fixx to name but a few, spending a large period of his time in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles.

In 1995, after a great deal of hard work, and with the help of a manager Gary signed a major record deal with EMI with his band “The Big Blue”. They released two singles and achieved moderate success with the band.

Following the demise of the band Gary returned to songwriting and production, signing a new publishing deal with Reverb Music. He has had hits with Lonyo’s “Summer of Love” and with Dannii Minogue on the song “Who do you love now” He also returned to working with Sheryl Crowe, mixing the single “Soak up the Sun”.

More recently he has collaborated with top songwriter Pam Sheyne on different writing/ production projects including Sony sensation Delta Goodrem, Lulu and Tina Arena.

Most recently Gary has finished producing the debut album for Icelandic pop band, Nylon; written and produced songs on an album for new artist, Scarlette and produced 3 songs for a successful EMI covers compilation album, Roadtrip. Along with recent engineering sessions with Graham Coxon from Blur, Editors and The Maccabees Gary also continues to pursue his own band project, Atom. The debut album, Safe Orbit, available on iTunes.

Gary is well versed in most popular DAW’s including Avid Protools, Propellerheads Reason and Apple Logic Pro. As well as being part of the development team he has also made tutorial videos and written articles for Propellerhead Software. He is also a frequent guest lecturer and external advisor at several universities in the UK and Norway; speaking on songwriting, production and mixing and bringing some of his extensive knowledge and experience to both Undergraduate and Masters degree students.

TiME: Technology in Music Education UK is a Community Interest Company and an alliance of Music Industry organisations, dedicated to the great potential of Music Technolgy. We believe in "Music Technology for All" including Composing and Production, Special Needs, Accessibility. and Wellbeing and everything adding to the Joy of Music Making.

TiME: Technology in Music Education UK is a Community Interest Company and an alliance of Music Industry organisations, dedicated to the great potential of Music Technolgy. We believe in "Music Technology for All" including Composing and Production, Special Needs, Accessibility. and Wellbeing and everything adding to the Joy of Music Making.