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The Team

Meet the team that make the magic happen here at Sound Communities!

Mike Cook

Director - Lead for Alternative Education

Director Mike is an extremely experienced practitioner working with young people around engagement in music production, song writing, DJing, music technology and radio production.

Originally a secondary teacher with a degree in Music Industry Management and Studio Production, he now works in a range of settings within the community with extremely vulnerable young people in Secure Units, SEND and SEBD schools and Pupil Referral Units bringing his calm, patient brand of delivery to all his sessions.

Mike is currently studying a Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Kate Rudman


Before co-founding Sound Communities in 2012, Director Kate taught English at secondary level, managed the learning programme for a digital arts education hub and pioneered the country’s first pan-school online radio station (2001).  

Kate has a strong track record of teaching, executive production, fundraising, project development, partnership working and strategic development. 

Kate is currently studying a Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Mitch Knight


Mitch, an experienced music and DJ workshop leader and fellow of Devon School for Entrepreneurs, is one of the founding directors of Sound Communities. Mitch delivers workshops in music production and DJing.

Ellen Jones

Operations Manager

Operations Manager as of September 2021, Ellen is a qualified English teacher with an eye for accuracy who ensures the efficient and effective internal operations.

Mark Brudenell

Schools & Community Lead

Mark, our Schools and Community Lead, is an experienced and inspirational primary school teacher with 25 years’ experience. He joined Sound Communities in 2015 and is now a full-time member of the team involved in a wealth of projects for young people across Torbay. Mark is now leading our Communities strand and manages and teaches on many of our Early Intervention projects. 

Jack Thompson

Station Manager

Jack started with Sound Communities when he was just 11 years old. Now 19, he’s employed full time by us as the Station Manager and IT support and a key member of the team delivering workshops and interventions with young people.

Lotti Jullien

Administration & Finance

Lotti moved to Devon in 2003 and graduated from Dartington College of Arts with a BA in Music Composition in 2006. Since then she has composed and performed in a variety of music and theatre productions, as well as working as a producer for Soundart Radio. Lotti enjoys canoeing down the Dart, going for long bike rides, and growing tomatoes in her greenhouse.

Lawrence Devaney

Digital Media Producer

Lawrence is our RAP (Rank Aspiration Programme) placement provided for us for one year by the Rank Foundation. Qualified in film, television and music production, he’s a great addition to the team, working incredibly well with our young people as well as developing films of our work.

Lawrence now has a Level 2 AQA in Youth Leadership.

Charlie Thorne

Media Marketing Assistant

Charlie is our latest talented Kickstarter placement who is a passionate musician.

Charlie Palmer

Music Production Delivery

Charlie is a talented and committed practitioner who started with us as a mentee through the DAISI project, Soundwaves. Charlie is a passionate music producer on a mission to support a new generation of female producers.

Liam Bowles

Youth Leader

Liam is currently a mentee as part of DAISI’s Soundwaves project. He is a talented lyricist and rapper who is inspiring a new crop of young talent in the bay.

Jason Hume

Young Leader

Jason is a committed producer and DJ who has been with us since he was 11. Jason is a great role model to many of your young people and an asset to our team.

The Advisory Board

We are supported by our hugely inspiring and experienced advisory board chaired by Kate’s (Director), previous Learning Director ( School for Entrepeneurs SSE), Kate Hewett. Our board is made up of local and regional specialists in entrepeneurship, management, partnership development, broadcasting and marketing. We also have a young leader on our board who started with us when he was 10 years old.

We meet quarterly and they act as our critical friend giving us the time to reflect on our direction and impact. They hold us to account on our vision/mission and help us to analyse our impact, finances and direction of travel.

We Have:
Kate Hewett (Chair) – Coach / Organisational Development Manager NHS
Matt Pontin – Director, Fotonow CIC
Emma Clements – Editor, BBC Cornwall
Sam Haydock – Entrepeneurship Delivery Lead
Ricardo Burt – Young Leader, Student of Radio Production at Pointblank Music School
Dan Barton – Projects and Partnership Lead at Space Youth Service
Phil Eley – Schools Leads, Linx Christian Youth Trust

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