About Me

Creative Director of Hull International Photography Festival, Curator of The HIP Gallery, CEO of The Creative & Cultural Company; this includes managing Creative & Cultural Artist Studios in Princes Quay Hull, developing studio/office/exhibition space and support services to artists and the creative & cultural sector, creating cultural partnerships internationally.
Currently also in 14th year as a BBC Presenter/producer. Started and host the BBC Introducing Stage at Leeds Festival for the last 11 years. Work at many other events as a Photographer including Womad for over 20 years. See :- RAWphotographyUK.com

Previously produced & location managed for MTV, BBCi & BBC2 and taught Camera Skills at The BBC. Youth & Community Arts Facilitator & Event Manager since 1992. Outreach Coordination at Arts Council NPO Higher Rhythm in Doncaster, Managing a Creative People and Places funded project & 5 strands of development including Music Industry Yorkshire.

Specialties: Creative solutions, connecting people, opportunities & resources. Photography, Music, Arts, Creative & Cultural Industries Development. Experienced Social Enterprise Director & CEO developing sustainable business through communication, creative strategy, partnership, collaboration, resource management and a passion the arts.
Session Drummer/Percussionist supported by RhythmTech, RegalTip & Dream Cymbals & Founder member of The World Drumming Network.
25 years experience in community and youth arts. In social and formal education settings, arts centres, festivals, street work teams, youth centres, rural mobile units and galleries.
15 years experience of presenting/producing award winning new music radio shows and television shorts, plus Camera Skills tutor and location manager for the BBC.
Drummer in endoflevelbaddie & Celtarabia.

Graduands Marshall and proud supporter of Hull University

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Radio: Multi award winning DJ/Radio Presenter for BBC Introducing. With well over 1700 live sessions on the shows so far. I also present the BBC Introducing Stage at Leeds Festival, having initiated the stage 11 years ago. My shows are on every Saturday night 8 – 10 UK time on BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Radio Humberside. You can also find them on the BBC iplayer. If you are an East & West Yorkshire or Northern Lincolnshie artist, please get your music to the shows I plesent. The best way to get your music to us is through the BBC Introducing Uploader: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/introducing/uploader/.

Awards: My teams radio work has been recognised with awards including the BBC Frank Gillard Award for my show, a Gillard Award for BBC Radio Humberside Station of The Year, a Sony Radio Academy Award for BBC Introducing, a Gold Radio Academy Award for BBC Radio Humberside Station of The Year and a Royal Television Society Award for our website video content. I also have Yorkshire Gig Guide Awards for Outstanding Media and Outstanding Contribution To Music. Plus a local government Community Pioneer Award, a Fuji photography prize and a short film prize.

Camera: I have produced & location managed for MTV, BBCi & BBC2 and taught Camera Skills for BBC Learn Xpress and at many schools and further education centres. I have made over 70 short films which have been shown by the BBC and presented BBC documentary shorts which have won prizes at a short film festival. My music video productions have featured on MTV and VH1. I also work as a Photographer at events like Leeds Festival & Womad Festival for over 20 years. I curate photography exhibitions and I’m Creative Director of HIP Photography Festival.

Social Education: I’ve worked in community arts and social education since 1992. I studied Youth & Community Work at The University of Humberside. This lead to work with the Youth Service, The Warren, Armstrong Learning, Volcom, numerous detached street work teams and now with Artists in Hull where I am CEO of The Creative and Cultural Company. For over 20 years I have enjoyed working for numerous organizations; developing musical talent, coaching drummers, facilitating workshops, counselling, managing youth projects, exhibitions and events, chairing panels at conferences and promoting sustainability in the arts. This has been rewarded with a Community Pioneer Award from Hull City Council.

Folk Roots: I’ve been playing drums since I was a little lad, having been born into a family tree of  folk artists. I did my first gigs in my fathers Irish Ceilidh band starting on Bodhran. I saved up for my first kit by playing at folk festivals & busking. I come from a long line of much better musicians than me. My Great Grandfather was a drum maker and received silver drum sticks for his service as a military drummer. His band won the All Ireland Games. I have a good tradition to maintain and a lot to aspire to. I maintain my folk music involvement as Patron of Hull Folk & Maritime Festival and by performing with Celtarabia. Here’s a link to my families folk music page on Facebook: Raw Family Folk

Drums: I’ve been a session drummer for many years. I’m a JHS, RhythmTech & Regal Tip “Keyplayer” and Dream Cymbals endorser. My Drumming highlights include: playing tours and festival gigs including Glastonbury, playing Djembe with Gambian band Roots Manding in West Africa, making a dub album with legendary lyricist Benjamin Zephaniah, an acoustic album with award winning artist Emma Rugg, a chart topping country album with Glenn Williams and many more. I am lucky enough to have been profiled in Geoff Nicholls (Rhythm Magazine) book “Banging On”, plus Gear Magazine, Music Week and more. I’ve played countless radio sessions & had BBC Radio 1 air play. I have also had the honour of being profiled by the late great John Peel on Channel 4 and have not only played on, but also directed videos on MTV. I am currently gigging with legendary world dance fusion band Celtarabia, Duo The Verne Duels & on some very enjoyable electro hip hop with endoflevelbaddie.

NLP and Clean Coaching: Skilled in: NLP (Studied with NLP North East), EK/Clean Coaching (studied with David Grove), Counselling (Studied at Hull University), Communication & Coaching Skills Training. I am a member of  The Professional Guild of NLP.

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CEO, BBC Presenter, Curator, Coach & Creative Director

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