Meet The Team

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

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.

Duane ‘Dubz/ Levi

Production Supervisor.

Duane has been involved in the Bradford Music scene since 14 years old.  An MC as part of a collective then decided to split off and concentrate on DJ and production and has never looked back. Specialising in Urban electronic music such as House, Garage, Grime & Bassline, Duane has has music signed to various labels and has music in worldwide stores under the name Dubz UK. Professionally, Duane has spent the last 5 years working on behalf of the local council as a family support worker dealing with issues such as crime, education, mental health and financial hardship.  This support role means that he has a lot of experience dealing with family issues and uses a whole family approach. Now managing SORM, Duane still uses his skills from his support role to support our clients, parents and carers to make sure they get the best experience from our service and are well looked after.

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

Leigh Strothard

Music Facilitator 

I am a long time drummer having played for over 30 years. Music has been and is a huge part of my life. I have been fortunate enough to play with some fabulous people and excellent musicians. I regularly do session work and have played on over 30 albums, recorded in a multitude of studios. I play regularly at festivals and other venues with the 9 piece original reggae band, Pepperjam. I have toured in Europe and many times in the uk and been lucky enough to call myself a “professional musician” for a good few years in the past. I taught drums to a high level for two years at the Northern Drum centre. I have produced two of my own albums and engineered and co-produced many others. To say music is a passion is an understatement. The feeling of community, the excitement of the performance, the sense of achievement, the social aspect, the travel possibilities and hopefully financial opportunities all add up to what I have experienced in the music industry. I remember the spark that started it all for me and my hope is that I can ignite that in others by teaching what I have learnt, here at SORM.

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.

James Hudson

Music Engineer/, Group Mentor.

James graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a 2:1 in Music Production and Performance (Popular Music), since then he has gone on to work freelance as a Sound Engineer and Music Producer / Session player, being proficient in many contemporary styles of Guitar, James has been working alongside Artists and Bands from all over the country. At Sorm studios James works as the Guitar tutor, alongside being the sound engineer and one of music producers at Sorm specialising in Jazz/Rock recordings

Jack Bolton

Session Runner.

Jack, has been drumming for over 13 years. He has level 1 and 2 Diploma in music. Jack is a keen and fearless skateboard and enjoys gaming in his spare time. While working at SORM, Jack has been trained to deal with anaphylactic shocks, mental capacity training, and safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.