NODA takes the role of youth as one of it's main priorities and has a Youth Adviser role within each of its regions as the 'go to' person to speak to regarding current legislation, safeguarding issues and any local society problems you may face in your society. Overseeing the Youth Advisers nationally is the National Youth Co-ordinator Mike Mullen.
Details of the regional Youth Advisers are shown below.
Alternatively feel free to contact HQ's staff if your region's Youth Adviser is unavailable for any reason - contact firstname.lastname@example.org detailing your query and which society you are affiliated to so that we can customise any response to you in a constructive manner -
If you suspect a child or vulnerable adult is at risk then contact Social Services or the Police without delay. It is better to be safe than sorry.
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Mike MullenNational Youth CoordinatorUK
Zelda RolfeYouth AdviserEast
Amanda HallYouth AdviserEast Midlands
Lives in Nottingham where she is Director of Spotlight Theatre School. Member of the NODA Youth Advisors’ Group.
Annie Hertler-SmithYouth AdviserLondon
Annie trained as a dancer from the age of 3 focussing on classical ballet most of the time. However, her last 3 years of training were in jazz dance and tap as well as ballet at the London Dance Centre under Gillian Gregory and guest teachers such as Arlene Phillips and Matt Mattox. After many years as a performer Annie turned to Directing and Choreographing and has since then worked on over 150 shows. In addition, Annie attended the Ripon Summer School for 25 years both as a student and Director/Choreographer. Annie has also run ROS StageWorks and Summer School for 13 years teaching Musical Theatre to children aged from 7-19 years old. Annie's Summer School productions have won several NODA London awards. In 2009, Annie joined the NODA London Regional Committee as Youth Advisor and really enjoys going to Youth productions around the region. She is now also the Secretary.
Michelle CoulsonYouth AdviserNorth
I have been a performer in amateur theatre since 1979, have been directing for the last 14 years and I have also served on society committees including the roles of Secretary, Chairman and Charity Board member. Being a Noda Representative gives an opportunity to meet a wide variety of people who share our wonderful hobby and I look forward to extending the role of the Youth Adviser in the region and supporting all aspects of youth theatre.
Joanne SykesYouth AdviserNorth East
I have been a member of St Giles with St Mary’s Pantomime/Theatre Society since the age of 11. I have played principal roles in their productions for 30 years (from Dorothy to the Wicked Witch) and was the Society Secretary for 23years. I was very proud to be made a Life Member in 2015and value the fabulous opportunities and friendships amateur theatre has given me. I produced my first pantomime for the society last year and am looking forward to future productions. I have also performed with 5Towns MusicalTheatre Society and Crigglestone Community Theatre Company where I am very happy to be singing and dancing in the chorus. My husband and daughter are both involved and my proudest moment was when Elizabeth played Marta in The Sound of Music.
As Youth Adviser I am committed to supporting societies to offer opportunities to young members and am keen to get to know more youth societies and those societies with youth membership in the North East. I feel the opportunities presented by amateur theatre are far wide than just the chance to ‘be on stage’ and develop theatre craft – team work, negotiation, commitment, confidence and hard work are all part of the skill set needed to be involved in amateur societiesand these are attributes which can be used across our daily lives and in our careers.
Professionally I have managed services in Education, Community Safety, Cohesion and Preventing Violent Extremism for local authorities across South and West Yorkshire. I am currently project manager working to improve resettlement outcomes for young people leaving custody on behalf of the Youth Justice Board.
"From April 2020 Jo Sykes is working with Les Smith, Regional Councillor, to 'caretake' District 8 in the hope of finding someone from the District interested in taking on this exciting opportunity.
Jo is the Youth Adviser for Noda in the North East. She has been a performing member in a Pantomime Society in District 7 for nearly 40 years, serving 23 years as Secretary until she became the Societies Director/Producer 5 years ago. She is also a member of two other local Musical Theatre Groups and enjoys performing in their summer musicals and recently secured a part in a play in a Drama Group. Jo is passionate about youth involvement in amateur theatre and has been the Noda NE Youth Adviser since 2015. Professionally she works in youth criminal justice across South and West Yorkshire. She lives in Wakefield with her husband and teenage daughter who are both involved in amateur theatre and enjoy accompanying her on show visits. "
Jenny KingYouth AdviserNorth West
I became the Youth Advisor for the North West when the scheme first began around 10 years ago and have really enjoyed visiting so many wonderful Youth productions.
My first appearance in theatre was a very long time ago (age 3) as a daffodil in a local dancing school show. I went on to preform in Panto and other local Operatic shows. I first became involved with Youth Theatre in 1985 when my daughter took part in a production of 'Annie' and then joined a Youth Theatre Group. I started making costumes for this group, then worked backstage on props and finally became Chairman. In 1999 we became an independent group and we continue to thrive.
During my time as Youth Advisor I have had wonderful support from the NW Committee, mainly with setting up the Youth Awards event, which is attended by over 350 people each year. I have also been involved with organising all day youth workshops throughout the region.
Youth Theatre really is flourishing in the NW region and I am very proud to be part of it .
Jack PriceYouth AdviserSouth West
I have been involved in Amateur theatre for around 15 years I have Directed, Produced, Stage managed and Performed in many productions from Plays to Pantos to Musicals, I am passionate about improving and promoting youth theatre and encouraging young people to get involved.
I feel it’s a positive way of learning, making new friends and most importantly having fun. I am a fully qualified Youth Support worker and when I’m not running round with my day job or running my local theatre group I work at my local youth centre. I enjoy going out to visit societies meeting members and reviewing shows I’m a big fan of constructive feedback because without it you can never improve or do things differently. I am always on the look out to support new groups and societies. Some people assume my role as youth adviser is just to support youth groups when I am able to support all groups with young people.
Matt HampsonYouth AdviserWales & Ireland
Matt is an Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor and Musical Director from Cardiff. He trained at The Royal Military School of Music and The Royal Academy of Music with Professor Veronica Clayton. He also work as conductor and orchestrator has taken him across the UK and Ireland working with some of the worlds leading artists including Lorna Luft, Kerry Ellis, Jai McDowall, Joe McElderry, Adam Garcia & Christina Bianco.
As an arranger, Matt has orchestrated for many leading musical theatre artists and his choral arrangements have been sung and commissioned by choirs across the UK. Matts is the principal orchestrator for The Glamis Prom & Tonight from the West End, a concert series based in Scotland. He is also Jai McDowall's (Britain's Got Talent winner 2011) musical director and arranger.
As a conductor Matt has led some of the UK and Irelands leading orchestras to include – The Irish Philharmonic Orchestra, The British Sinfonietta and The Welsh Session Orchestra.
Since taking a step back from his professional work, Matt has since settled in Neath and has started working with many of the societies in the area to include- Melyn AOS, Port Talbot AOS, Stage 8 Theatre School and The Performance Factory.
Matt also teaches music privately - covering piano, voice and GCSE / A Level music tuition & by day teaches Expressive Arts and PE within primary education.
As musical director his credits include – Little Shop of Horrors, Les Miserables, Avenue Q, Me & My Girl, Fiddler on the Roof, Gyspy, Baby The Musical, Annie, Oklahoma, Godspell, Chess the Musical, The Full Monty, A Christmas Carol, The Wedding Singer, Annie, Grease, Legally Blonde & Hairspray. Future productions include Sister Act, the Welsh Adult Adult Premiere of CATS and the regional premiere of Made In Dagenham.
M MullenSouth East