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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

Director - Lead for Projects and Partnerships

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

Strategic Impact Manager

Ellen is a qualified English teacher with an eye for accuracy who is now responsible for overseeing project delivery, reporting and measuring and communicating the impact of our work on young people.

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

Lead for Innovations

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.

Simone Wright

Assistant Manager of Alternative Provision and operations

Simone joined Sound Communities in December 2022 after having previously worked in safeguarding and pastoral care in the education sector. She has a BA in Social Science and enjoys long dog walks.

Lawrence Devaney

Digital Media Producer

Lawrence is our digital media lead. 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 Gulley

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.

Sophie Hammill

Practitioner and Project Manager

Sophie works with us as both a Practitioner and Project Manager. Having written and performed her own music, she enjoys working with young people to help them write songs and develop their confidence and self expression through music. She loves the combination of overseeing projects and delivering them, some days you will find her driving the Boom Bus around Torbay and others in the office typing away.

Liam Bowles

Music Production Delivery/Artist

Liam is a talented lyricist and rapper who is inspiring a new crop of young talent in the bay through his leadership of Oceanside records. Liam’s speciality is working with young rappers and producers who struggle to engage with mainstream education.

Charlie Cuff

Ocean Youth Station Manager

Charlie started with us as a senior presenter at Ocean Youth Radio and became the Station Manager in 2023.
Charlie oversees and delivers our Ocean Youth Saturday workshops, inviting, encouraging and guiding young people from the Torbay community to present their own radio shows and podcasts. He works with the Ocean Youth Core Team and Sound Communities staff to help shape the future of the station and widen its reach.
He loves all things radio and also has a interest in wildlife conservation and digital media production.

Alisha Keane

Digital Marketing Lead

Alisha has a joint honours degree in Journalism, Media and English Literature from Cardiff University which she obtained in 2020. While at University she wrote for the student magazine and hosted a pop culture themed radio show.

She takes a particular interest in social media promotion and finding innovative ways to promote Sound Communities to different markets across the bay and beyond.

Alisha is taking part in the Time to Shine programme through the Rank Foundation.

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.

Danielle Bennett

Administrative Lead

Danielle joined Sound Communities in August 2023 as our administrator after having previously worked in foster care and the education sector. She enjoys reading, paddleboarding and spending time with her family.

Áine Máire

Finance Manager

Áine Máire joined Sound Communities in December 2022 as our finance manager!

Non- Executive Directors

We now have three non-executive directors who have been committed to Sound Communities for over ten years through sitting on our advisory board.

Matthew Pontin

Matthew Pontin is co-founder and director of Fotonow CIC and also a photographer, educator and social enterprise advocate. Matthew is also a fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).  Matthew believes that social enterprise can help shape a better society and bring a more equitable and sustainable future for the communities organisations serve. As a non-exec at Sound Communities Matthew will bring a combination of a listening ear, advocacy around your creative journey and nurture partnerships and impactful funding opportunities.

Emma Clements

As Executive Editor for BBC Devon and Cornwall, Emma Clements has managed two teams to create and produce a range of content from local clips on BBC Sounds, to social media posts and 148 hours a week of radio shows. Emma went to Paignton Community College, trained as a journalist, and worked in commercial and BBC newsrooms across the South reading the news and reporting before moving into production and management. Emma loves what she does and believes radio is amazing, and sounds have real power, which is why she got involved with Sound Communities after seeing what a difference it makes to young people’s lives.

In 2015 her son Dan contacted the Ocean Youth team, he struggled with friendships and communication but loved his Saturday Show and every week grew a bit more with the encouragement and freedom that it gave him. Emma still relishes the challenge of coming up with new ideas and programme formats and wants to use this creativity along with her team and change management experience to help them move forward in a creative and sustainable way with young people at the core of what they do. Emma brings industry knowledge and insights to help young people in Torbay have a voice either through the media or in a way no one has thought of…yet!

Kate Hewett

Kate Hewett was leading the Dartington School for Social Entrepreneurs Start-Up programme which Kate Rudman and Mitch Knight took part in back in 2010. Kate (Rudman) talked about her dream of having a ‘boom bus’ with a digital radio station on board which, after much sweat and toil, became Sound Communities. Since then Kate (Hewett) stayed in touch with the founding directors and became a member of the Advisory Board soon after Mike Cook joined the team. She has watched them grow it from an idea, to a small part-time team fitting projects in around their other jobs, to a thriving organisation with multiple operational streams and a major provider of support and development opportunities to young people in the Torbay area. She is delighted to have been asked to become a Non- Executive Director, her first formal role at Sound Communities (even if the two Kates do sometimes make things a bit confusing…). She brings a passion for people, development and creative expression as well as broad organisational knowledge and good understanding of leadership challenges and dynamics.

Kate has worked in the private sector, for two NHS trusts in Devon, for the School for Social Entrepreneurs and other not-for-profit organisations, and has set up a couple of small businesses focussed on wellbeing and personal development. Today she holds a Non Executive Director role in a commercial property company as well as at Sound Communities, and continues to coach leaders and individuals at moments of challenge or change in their lives.

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Advisory Panel/Ambassadors

We are supported by our hugely inspiring and experienced advisory panel who act critical friends and ambassadors. This panel 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.

Our panel give us their 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
Sally Clements

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