Meet the team

  • Thomas Andrews

    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 Corker

    Trustee

    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.

  • Lucy Galliard

    Trustee

    Lucy grew up in Norfolk where, from a young age, she was heavily involved in the local amateur music-making scene as a pianist, trumpet player and cellist. She went on to read music at the University of York, and complete an MA in Film Music Studies at the University of Leeds.

    Lucy began her career in the arts with Doncaster Community Arts before taking up the role of Administrator for Live Music Now Yorkshire & Lincolnshire in 2003. She spent the next ten years with Live Music Now, progressing through the organisation to become the Acting Executive Director in 2012.

    Lucy’s experience of working with Live Music Now instilled a commitment to bringing high-quality live performance to all, and an understanding of the impact and benefits participation in music-making has on audiences of all ages and abilities. She was also able to work creatively with emerging professional musicians, and developed many programmes of activity over the years, one of which was shortlisted for an RPS Award.

    Lucy joined the CBSO as Director of Learning & Engagement in May 2014 and leads the teams responsible for the CBSO’s three symphonic choruses, CBSO Youth Orchestra and all the education and outreach programmes. With a focus on enabling people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to access and benefit from working with the CBSO, Lucy has significantly developed the range of programmes the CBSO offers to local communities, schools and talented young musicians; providing opportunities for the CBSO’s exceptional musicians to share their creativity and passion for music-making with new audiences.

  • Kirsty Halliday

    Development Manager

    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.

  • Elizabeth Jones

    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.   

  • Pam Jackson-Vickers

    Finance Administrator

    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.

  • Alison Jones

    Project Co-ordinator

    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.

  • Rose Kent

    Creative Director

    I founded the Accessible Arts arm of the charity back 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 disabilities at the Priory Street Centre. Little did I know at the time that I’d still be running that same charity 30 years on and that I’d still be as passionate about the work we do and the amazing people we work with. I really do have the best job!

    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 wide range of inclusive, user-led, disability, youth and community programmes that AAM is so widely respected for, as well as running a community centre, and managing a recording studio and media production facility.

    I’m delighted and honoured to have been recognised as York’s inaugural Cultural Champion in the inaugural York Culture Awards in 2016. It’s also with great pride that under my watch AAM was shortlisted for a National Diversity Award in 2019. The awards are all about celebrating the achievements from grass-roots communities who tackle the issues in today’s society and champion diversity and inclusion and probably summed up best in this testimonial we received from one of our supporters: "Diversity and inclusiveness is the air they breathe, and visible in all they do."

    I’m passionate and determined about using arts and culture to help people to become more engaged in their local community and for their voice to be heard. 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! 

    I’ve also been a trustee for a number of local charities over the over the years and I‘m currently Chair of Tang Hall Big Local, a resident-led initiative funded by the Big Lottery to make Tang Hall a better place to live and work.

  • Hannah Hardcastle

    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!

  • Simon Middleton

    Trustee

    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.

  • Tina Wright

    Trustee

    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.