Sue Williamson (Founder and Managing Director)

Neil Card (Musical and Production Director, Company Secretary, Business and Finance Manager) 

Graham Rogers (Music Facilitator, Lead Community Engagement Officer, Lead Support Officer)

Holly Parker - (Day Manager, Administration Officer)

Matthew Douglas 'Dougie' (Lead Music Coach,

Lead of Rock School Clubs, Social Media Officer)

Becky O’Donovan (Support Worker, Life Experience Worker Company Director, Job Skills Coach)

Joe Collins (Music Coach, Electronics and Technology Support, Job Skills Coach)

Kate Thompson (Head Art Coach)

I first became involved with Tang Hall SMART in January 2019 supporting the Flourish@Smart community choir, and later taking on the additional  role of Human Resources Manager.  Having previously worked in product development for a life assurance company, I have a strong administrative background.  Since 2016 my focus has been much more people orientated, running choirs and other activities for people with Dementia and those who find themselves isolated within the  community for a variety of reasons. I have always been passionate about music. I enjoy playing the clarinet and saxophone, trips to theatre and listening to a wide variety of live music and bands.  My other interests include walking, running, sewing, cake decorating and having days out with my family. When I have time I am researching my family tree. I feel very honoured to be working for Tang Hall SMART and with the wonderful team of people who make this such a fantastic place to be.

Lisa Harrison (Support Assistant, Job Skills Coach)

I met Sue many years ago at the Burnholme Community Secondary School. I feel privileged to have joined the Tang Hall SMART team as a support assistant and mentor. I am a mum of two boys, so I am constantly kept busy. I have a strong academic background and enjoy science and research. I am a people person and enjoy getting the best out of others. I love football and I am a life long Liverpool support. I enjoy playing sport and I am very competitive!

Joe Christie (Music Coach)


Non-Executive Chair: Adrian Fisher, CGMA, BA(Hons)  - I am an Accountant, Senior Civil Servant and Dad to two daughters, one of whom has Special Educational Needs.  I have been a Governor in several schools in York over the last 10 years, including Burnholme School on whose site SMART now stands; currently I am Chair of Applefields Special School, SMART’s near neighbour. I have been with SMART from its early days of big ideas, but little money, and I am proud to have been a small part of creating a thriving and stable business that provides so much support, success and joy to our customers.

Non Executive Director: Adam Booker  -BA (HONS) NQT, NPQH, Ad.Cert. - I am Head Teacher at Applefields School from 2015 to present, previously head of a 0-19 special school in Lincolnshire from 2003-2015. My role at SMART is to support them with their work for their customers, providing some insight from my background in SEND.


Non-Executive Director: Lawrie Hill  - I was the Head of Performing Arts and Technology at Burnholme Community College 1984-1999, moving on to become Edexcel exam Team Leader from 1999 to the present. My roles at Tang Hall SMART include supporting Art and Creative activities. 


Non Executive Director: Mary Hill  - My career in education has included teaching at Burnholme Community College 1985 to 1992, then from 2008-2014 as an educational consultant for Skipton and Bradford schools, specializing in pastoral support, staff development and safeguarding. My roles at Tang Hall SMART are to advise on safeguarding, staff development/appraisal, and administrative systems – and to act as a mentor to Sue. 


Non Executive Director: Mike Angus, MEng Electronic Engineering and MSc Intelligent Robotics 

My current job title is Robotics Lab Technician, in the Department of Electronic Engineering, University of York.  The role I have at Tang Hall SMART is to advise Alex with the electronics side, as well as offer guidance on our music production/mastering. 

Non Executive Director: Steve Secker BSc, MBA, FCA. My career in business started by qualifying as a chartered accountant. I then spent 24 great years at McCarthy & Stone, Retirement housing developers, where I progressed to Regional Managing Director. I now have a portfolio of non- exec roles spanning Housing Associations, a Building contractor, Software company and chair the Property Forum at York Chamber of Commerce. My son has been one of Tang Hall SMART’s longest running service users and we can see how enormously he has benefited from the great work all the team do. My role at Tang Hall SMART is to help their continued successful growth through advising on issues to do with property, finance and governance.


I first came across Tang Hall SMART as a participant at Musication, and enjoyed the range of music, with all the performance and recording opportunities. I began to work as a volunteer a year or so ago, bringing my 'Give it a Go Joe' drama improvisation club to the community here, and then became an employee this year with the responsibility of developing our drama side. The highlight so far has been staging the community play, "Nightingale's Game' here as part of the Phoenix Arising Festival last July, and seeing my original script come alive on stage. I am very much enjoying working with the learners at Tang Hall SMART, coaching them in their drama skills.

Contact Us

The Centre@Burnholme

Mossdale Avenue,


YO31 0HA

07725997342 (general)

07312098249 (for current participants)

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