Meet the team
Project and Technical Assistant
I started volunteering for AAM during my second year of university as part of a community music module and was instantly hooked. After doing some freelance work I was offered the job I have today. In my role at AAM, I deliver and assist in the delivery of various sessions that happen at BSCC Including Sensory music, iMUSE, Movers and Shakers, and IMPs.
I also work behind the scenes in a technical capacity trying to keep things running smoothly.
I also work for the Arts and Mental health organisation Converge, where I teach various music courses, as well as working in schools as a ukulele teacher and privately as a guitar teacher.
Lynda has worked for The Children's Society for 22 years designing, funding and delivering projects for disabled children in the York area. Lynda has experience of project management including securing funding to run a range of projects designed to help disabled young people access their community, secure employment and achieve their aspirations. She has worked alongside AAM in partnership to run interactive music projects with disabled young people. Lynda's son Patrick is an enthusiastic member of Hands and Voices.
iMUSE Development Coordinator
I'm delighted to have joined AAM as a freelance in September 2017 to be iMUSE development coordinator. I first became aware of AAM a few years ago when I joined the NYMAZ steering committee for SEND music in North Yorkshire and then subsequently became more regularly involved with AAM as they supported us to set up and maintain iMUSE provision at Welburn Hall School where I am music coordinator. We started running iMUSE sessions at Welburn for a few hours each week and saw how much our pupils were benefitting from the 1-1 sessions. We now run iMUSE for three days a week with over 70% of our pupils attending sessions.
My degree is in French and music and I started my working life as a French teacher in a secondary school before working in educational language publishing, project managing teams of authors and writing language courses for schools. Music did not play much of a part in my working life until the last few years when I became music coordinator in the special school where I had already been working part-time for many years. I began to see the power of music for young people with different needs and the way it can help them engage and communicate more effectively and bring joy to their lives and it has proved to be the most rewarding part of my working life. I hope to be able to use my project management work and my school experience to support AAM to develop iMUSE in various different settings.
I started working with AAM as Development Manager in 2013 (and I've known and loved the organisation since 2004). My job's really varied - I work on income generation and fundraising, marketing and publicity and developing new partnerships, networks and programmes. No two days are the same and I love getting the chance to talk to people about AAM and what we do.
I've been involved in developing arts projects and organisations since 2004. I've been an Arts Development Officer for the local authority, Director of a youth music development charity, produced an award-winning community opera and worked on dozens of festivals and arts projects. Outside of AAM, I'm Audience Development Manager for a jazz producer and I work with other arts organisations on fundraising and strategic development.
Trustee and Treasurer
David is a qualified Cost & Management Accountant (CIMA) with 43 years’ experience of working in Business, 34 of which were spent at Board level. After graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University, he spent time within British Rail’s Internal Audit function before embarking on his Private Sector Business career which has involved roles both in the UK and USA as well as periods working in the Far East. David was for a period, a Management Consultant with Price Waterhouse Coopers and has worked at a senior level for a number of PLCs including The Ti Group, BOC Group (now Linde) and Uniq Prepared Foods (now Greencore). He has also worked for a number of large private companies including 10 years with The Muller Group (the yoghurt people) where as successively Finance Director and Business Development Director and part of a 4 man Operating Board, he was jointly responsible for making Muller the 5th largest food brand in the UK. During his time with Muller, he was also a non Executive Director of the Shropshire Learning & Skills Council.
Now retired, David divides his working time between his role within AAM and that of Chair of Governors at Park Grove Primary School.
Trustee and Chair
Elizabeth joined the Board in 2016 but has had informal connections with AAM over many years, not least during the ten years she was Chief Executive of the Theatre Royal in York. She is now a freelance arts manager, working with a variety of theatre companies to provide interim & project management. She often works with touring theatre companies, both planning and managing tours which visit theatres ranging from 100 to over 1,000 seats.
I’ve had associations with Cube Media, and more recently Accessible Arts & Media, for around 25 years and have played a part in many of their projects. I've worked as their part-time Finance Administrator for 11 years and I bring with me more than 30 years’ experience in Financial Administration in both the Private & Public sector.
During the last 15 years, I've also worked as a mentor, job coach and trainer on inclusive community, Higher Education and employment programmes
I'm a keen amateur performer in and around York for many years and am actively involved in Rural Performing Arts, including the York Wagon Mystery Plays.
I joined Hands and Voices in 2001 as a volunteer and have been working full time for AAM since August 2014. My job is to co-ordinate delivery on the Sensory, Learning Disability, and Hands & Voices projects, and on some of the outreach activities. I’m also hands on, as one of the Workshop Leaders for Senior IMPs and for Sensory Drama.
My background is in inclusion with libraries, where I worked on various aspects of increasing participation, literature development and engagement with communities, based in London before moving to York in 2001.
I’ve also been a support worker locally for the National Autistic Society.
My degree was in literature and drama and I’ve always has a passion for theatre, and sung and danced in one way or another. I'm currently learning piano. I’m particularly interested in Intensive Interaction, with participants leading on facilitating communication and creativity together.
I founded the Accessible Arts arm of the charity in 1992 when I was a young community artist. The organisation grew out of a visual arts project I was running in the late 1980s for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities at the Priory Street Centre. Little did I know at the time that I’d still be running the charity 27 years on and that I’d still be as passionate about the work we do and amazing people we work with……….I have the BEST job!
I’m delighted and honoured to have been recognised as York first Cultural Champion in the inaugural York Culture Awards in 2016. I’m passionate and determined about using arts and culture to help people to become more engaged in their local community. For me, it’s all about levelling the playing field and using creativity and culture in really fun and enjoyable ways, while not taking yourself too seriously
My experience spans the community arts, voluntary, education and commercial sectors and ranges from arts practitioner to consultant. This experience has been key to raising Accessible Arts and Media’s profile from two small fledgling community arts charities to the award-winning organisation it is today. Over the years my role’s included pioneering the range of user-leddisability, youth and community programmes that AAM is so highly widely respected for, running a community centre, and managing a recording studio and media production facility.
I’ve been a trustee of a number of local charities over the years and I ‘m currently Vice-Chair of Tang Hall Big Local, a resident-led initiative funded by the Big Lottery (£1m over 10 years) to make Tang Hall a better place to live.
AbleWeb Project Manager and Marketing Coordinator
I first started with AAM as a volunteer on AbleWeb in 2011 then went on to join the team as a member of staff. As AbleWeb Project manager I’m responsible for ensuring that our AbleWeb programme is delivered to the highest standard possible, that it reflects our members’ voices and their training needs, and that the project also supports the needs of our local community. I’m lucky in that I also get to work as part of AAM’s marketing & development team, where I get to tell everyone about all the amazing work we do and play a part in supporting the development of an organisation I’m passionate about.
I’ve come through a slightly different career route in that I started off my working life as a post-doctoral researcher in Cell Biology, and following on from that as a Principal Scientist and Project Manager for the Biologics arm of the medical technology company Smith & Nephew. While this may seem a world away from the work I now do at AAM, surprisingly it has many elements that have directly translated to my roles here. Outside of my main career I’ve always been creative so it’s really nice to have that be part of my day job now as well!
I was delighted to become a trustee in 2017. My background is in business support, spending 20 years in commercial banking prior to joining Make It York in 2015 where I help local businesses to access different forms of finance. I’ve built up a huge number of contacts in the local business community and I hope to be able to use those to the benefit of AAM. I live locally in New Earswick with my partner and children. Outside of work I’m often found with a pair of trainers on taking part in running events from the local 5K parkrun to ultra marathons.
Trustee and Vice-Chair
As well as being a Trustee, Sue is a member of Hands and Voices. Sue has significant experience of the local commercial, voluntary and arts sector through numerous director/trusteeships over the years including Vice-Chair of York Theatre Royal and Company Secretary for Stagecoach Youth Theatre, where she was proactively involved in a successful major fundraising campaign to purchase and convert their premises (a church hall) into a studio theatre for Stagecoach. She currently sits on the appeals panel at Stockton Hall Medium Secure Psychiatric Hospital.
Project Leader and Accessible Communication Coordinator
I started volunteering with Hands and Voices when I was a student in my 2nd year in 2008. I then started working with Movers and Shakers when I was studying for my Community Music MA in January 2011 and increased my hours gradually from there.
I have three main aspects to my job. I’m Project Leader which involves running various projects which includes getting messy in Creative Interactions, doing all things fun and musical with several groups, loads of Singing and Signing with Hands and Voices and IMPs and running iMUSE. I’m the named Safeguarding Officer for AAM, and I’m also the Communication Co-ordinator which means I lead on communication development. This involves all communication, from written through to Total Communication and Intensive Interaction. I’m a Signalong Tutor, and have my level 1 and 2 British Sign Language Signature Certificates, so I also give training on Sign Supported Communication.
I’m also a support worker for children and young people with disabilities, which I’ve been doing for various organisations for many years. Outside of work I help run a Community Gospel Choir, and try and get into as many musical things as possible!
Retired since December 2008, Tina was a Drama teacher at Burnholme Community College in York and Head of Performing Arts for over 35 years. She has also been an NUT school representative and a Governor on several school governing bodies throughout her career. She is still a member of the NUT as a retired teacher. Tina was awarded an M.B.E. in June 2009 for services to education. She also ran a successful Youth Theatre Group, Stagerite, for seven years.
In December 2015 her term of office on the Board of Trustees of York Citizens' Theatre Trust came to an end after 15 years. She chaired the Personnel and Governance Committee on the Board of York Theatre Royal for much of that time and has been the Board representative on the Take Over Board at YTR since the Take Over initiative started six years ago. She is also a Trustee on the Board of Pilot Theatre. She trained six years ago as an audio describer in theatre for blind and partially sighted patrons. Tina audio describes regularly at York Theatre Royal and York’s Grand Opera House as well as other Yorkshire venues.
Her main interests as a Board member are in HR, developing policies in accordance with Charities Commission, doing annual appraisals with AAM core staff, as well as six monthly check-ups to see how they are progressing with targets, and Governance in general.