Meet The Team

Tony Saunders

Tony Saunders
Tony Saunders

Director Co-Founder, Bass Tutor, Project Manager

Tony has been a musician for the past 26 years and has toured all over the world. Tony has worked on various projects such as MELT, STUTTER, and now more recently Bradford Punk bands The Negatives.

Tony brings to the company his vast experience in working in product and retail development, project management and general management.  He has worked in a management capacity for big names such as Project Khan, Seabrook Crisps & Taylors Timber.

Tony has qualifications in Youth Work. He also has experience in Human Resources through Citation.

Fully DBS checked

 

John Bolton

John Bolton - Drum Tutor at SORM Studios Bradford
John Bolton – Drum Tutor at SORM Studios Bradford

Director, Co-Founder, Drum Tutor, Youth & Community Development Manager.

John has been a drummer & percussionist for over 31 years, and has a background in Jazz, jazz fusion and classic rock. John has worked on many projects over the years from doing session work across the region to band projects such as the cellar Rats, Dead Futures, and more recently, Bradford Punk band The Negatives.

John is a qualified Youth & Community Development Worker and brings 12 years in youth work and has worked on detached and outreach projects in Texas USA, and most areas across our region.

John brings his experience in working with some of the most hard to reach young people john also hold qualifications in drum & alcohol counselling, homeless advise and learning disabilities awards frame work.

Fully DBS checked

Michelle Bolton

Director, Finance/HR.

Michelle has 26 years experience of working with adults with learning disabilities. She has Qualifications in this area Diploma in health & social care, NVQ 3 in Health & Social Care. She advises the directors John, Tony & the staff team on all aspects in this area, including organising relevant training, safeguarding & linking in with other professionals in this field.

Michelle has been a unison union rep & completed all the relevant training in this area so she is able to advise on employment matters. Michelle oversees almost every aspect of the business to ensure that everything is kept in check & running efficiently. Generally she is needed to ensure the financial stability of the company always finding ways to help the company grow and progress.

Fully DBS checked.

 

 

Michelle Saunders

Director of Learning Disabilities. 

 

Michelle has 20 years experience in supporting people with learning disabilities. She helps people reach their full potential. Michelle is working with Life Ways, Affinity Trust, Bradford and Leeds Adult Services, Supported Lives, Children’s Services and Mental Health teams to provide excellent service for everyone at SORM.

Michelle is qualified in Health and Social Care (Level 2 and 3). Michelle is also qualified in LDAF (Learning Disabilities Awards Framework. She is an emergency first aider and has qualifications in Food Hygiene, Health and Safety and Safeguarding.

Andrew Illingworth

Music Engineer/Producer, Group Mentor.12030542_10156206093390607_4848801826044893210_o

Andrew graduated from University of Huddersfield with a 1st Degree in Music Technology and Popular Music. Since then he successfully run a commercial online record label. Andrew is currently working as a freelance music producer, writing music for Universal Music Publishing, Dynamic Music and Sentric Music to name a few. His music has been used by Sky Sports, ITV, BBC and many other commercial broadcasters around the world. At Sorm Studios, Andrew works as the sound engineer and music producer for the bands and artists. He is also a group mentor for the National Citizen Service students.

Fully DBS checked

 

 

 

Rebecca Sykes

Youth Arts Worker

 

 

Rebecca is a visual and multi-media artist, qualified in Fine Art and Youth and Community Development. She has delivered a wide range of diverse projects with young people and community groups for the past 20 years and specializes in murals, film-making, performance, visual arts and arts development projects.

Rebecca is the founder and director of Void Arts Ltd, an independent youth arts organisation and works in partnership with many Bradford organisations, including Youth Services, schools and charities.

Rebecca also has experience in music; singing, performing and song writing in her own band, as well as creating band visuals and projections for her own performances, as well as for other musicians.