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 which is currently vacant.
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 without delay. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Jordan SpencerCouncillor with Responsibility to YouthWales & Ireland
Jordan began performing at a young age whilst attending a private stage school in South Wales, little did he know that this would see him work professionally on TV and stage. Jordan was also involved in amateur theatre companies where he played a number of leading roles. At the age of 15 Jordan felt that theatre schools were not totally inclusive and therefore he started a group which supported various students from all different backgrounds helping with their physical and emotional needs whilst at the same time teaching them about performing arts.
Aged 14 Jordan made a name for himself within Wales performing on the Clubland circuit working for a leading entertainments agent. At the age of 17 Jordan managed to secure a professional contract and worked as an Assistant Entertainments Manager for a South Wales holiday park before leaving a year later to take the post of Entertainments Manager for a leading holiday company in Southern England.
Since returning home in 2014 Jordan has continued to perform both in theatre and also as a cabaret performer for corporate events and he was fortunate to sign a recording deal for a label in Soho, London. In 2015 he became a Regional Representative for District 6, an area which he served for 18 months before being elected to office as Regional Councillor for Wales and Ireland. Jordan was recognised for his achievements in 2016 and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in November 2015.
Currently Jordan is studying at Ridley Hall, Cambridge where he is reading Theology, Ministry and Mission in the hope that he will go on to become a Priest in the Anglican Communion.
Fun fact – Jordan was recognised for his voluntary contribution to society at the young age of 14 years old by the Prime Minister, this saw Jordan and his family attend Number 10 for the reception.
Alexandra BerrimanYouth AdviserEast
Even before Alex was on stage, she organised a talent show at her primary school called ‘Perform for Bosnia’ when she was 10! Alex did ballet dancing from the age of 3 to 20 and performed in lots of shows as part of the dance school. Alex has been involved in amateur dramatics since she was 13, and took the role of the boxing granny in Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations! From then on Alex was involved in many productions at school and in her free time, taking on both principal and ensemble roles. Alex started directing at a young age, when the youth group she started in was threatened with closure due to the lack of volunteers. In 2009, Alex founded KYDS Youth Drama Society, a group in Tiptree for 11-18 year olds. KYDS has grown year on year and recently became a registered charity. As well as producing 2 shows a year with KYDS, Alex spends a lot of her free time helping backstage with other shows. As well as amateur theatre, Alex has worked in professional theatre as a theatre manager, front of house and box office manager for a couple of years; Alex is currently the manager of a Creative Learning and Talent department. Alex also has a background in event management; producing events such as carnivals, charity concerts, wedding fayres etc. Alex is trained in technical theatre, business management and event management. Alex is Youth Adviser. Alex is also a member of the NODA Theatre Summer School committee; and attends as a student every year. She is a huge ambassador for the summer school and says she counts down to it every year! Recently, after being inspired at Summer School, Alex took a course in film making, and has since produced some promotional videos and is hoping to work on more in the future. In her spare time, Alex enjoys going to theatre (unsurprisingly!), baking, and dancing.
Tina DoyleYouth AdviserEast
Tina first trained as a ballet teacher and then went on to study Drama. She paid for her training by singing in local bands so it naturally followed that a musical career would follow. Tina became a professional actress appearing in the West End and touring extensively throughout the UK and abroad playing lead roles such as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Roxie Hart in Chicago, Sally in Me & My Girl and Peter in Peter Pan. Straight plays followed and soon she took on directing. Tina has directed numerous productions and has also built an excellent reputation as a Speech and Drama teacher/examiner travelling throughout the country and abroad, running workshops for all ages. Tina has been involved with a number of community projects and worked with specialists in many different areas writing, choreographing and directing tailor made productions. She is a voice over artist and thoroughly enjoys working in recording studios. Tina has held a position of Director of Creative Arts for over 10 years. She has two children and is grandmother to one!
She is delighted to be a Youth Advisor and is looking forward to an exciting future.
Tina trained in dance and drama and qualified as a teacher 20 years ago. Her varied career has encompassed professional work as an actress, director, singer, choreographer, writer, teacher and voice-over artist. She has appeared in the West End, toured throughout the UK and abroad in many lead roles - Her teaching experience ranges from pre-school age to adults and she has been involved in many community-based projects that involve drama, music and dance.
Zelda RolfeYouth AdviserEast
Amanda HallYouth AdviserEast Midlands
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.
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 .
Leigh ConleyYouth AdviserSouth West
Hi my name is Leigh, I am a Noda rep for SW District 8. I have now been a rep for, just over, one year and it is one of the best things I have done. I really enjoy it, as it gives me the opportunity to see shows; visit venues and meet people that I wouldn’t normally.
I have been involved in amateur dramatics for 15 years and have been lucky to star in some great shows. My favourite roles have been as Herod in JCS and Francis in One Man, Two Guvnors. I am also very proud to have won a Noda Award for Best Comedy Production, when I directed Cash on Delivery in 2015. As I write this, I am one day away from opening night on my next directorial effort, Monty Python's Spamalot. We still need to work on lines; songs; dances and set but I'm sure we will be ok!!!!!
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.