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Simon Hopkins

Simon Hopkins has worked in the arts, entertainment and technology sectors for over thirty years, with music and education a frequently recurring theme. He’s worked in senior roles for BBC radio and for EMI Virgin Records, and in a variety of roles in the independent sector, including digital media production, talent management and music and tech journalism. For the last decade Simon has co-led Turner Hopkins, a highly experienced and widely respected agency specialising in digital media strategy for creative businesses in both the public and private sectors. Simon is co-founder of Angel Academe, a network of investors who in four years have raised over £1.5m in seed funding for female-founded tech start-ups. A lifelong musician, Simon releases his own music through DGMFS Media, where he also blogs about music, art more widely, technology and society.

Peter Thompson

Peter is a trombonist and music teacher who taught for 30 years in the state secondary sector. For the last five years of his full-time career he worked as an education advisor for East Sussex Education Authority, during which time he was seconded as the education lead to Creative Partnerships Sussex and Surrey: part of a national, state funded scheme that placed artists from all genres of creativity in partnerships with teachers to rethink approaches to the school curriculum. In addition to his work with Audio Active (where he was chair of the trustees from 2014 – 2017), Peter plays trombone in large and small ensembles playing jazz, funk and ska.

Amy Zamarripa Solis

Amy Zamarripa Solis is a producer, writer and artist. She was born in Austin, Texas in 1975.  Amy has 18 years of experience producing multi-art form projects in the UK with strong arts and cultural partners and networks. She runs her own arts production and management company, This Too Is Real, and is founder of Writing Our Legacy – a literature organisation that supports Black and ethnic minority writers and writing in the South East of England. Her latest project No Place Like Home is exploration into childhood home and its loss, starting with her own Mexican-American community in Austin Texas, supported by Artist International Development Fund (Arts Council England and British Council) and Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts. She is a Board Member of AudioActive and Disability Arts Online. 

Jedda is an accredited Creative Leadership Coach, with an unwavering belief in people’s brilliance. Her passion is to inspire people to step into the courage and confidence it takes to live their full potential.  She works with entreprenuers, business owners, senior creatives and emerging leaders to own their authentic power and make more of an impact in their personal and professional lives. Area’s of specialism include talent and leadership, diversity and mid life transition. She is also an associate coach for digital talent and leadership programmes in London for young people from underepresented backgrounds. Her work blends 15 years creative sector experience as a professional dance artist, teacher and programme director for for leading youth arts and cultural organisations in London.

Jedda was also the recipient of an Arts Council Fellowship in Creative Leadership and Management. Her mission is to evoke Braver, Bolder People.


Josie – I have worked in the education sector for over 10 years. My current role focusses on accountability and compliance, intervening where there is risk of failure, or where there is evidence of mismanagement of public funds in the academies sector.

I have been a trustee of Audioactive for 6? years and am a great believer in the power of creative opportunities to aide personal and social development in young people and the importance of a creative outlet for vulnerable young people.

I have always been passionate about music and the arts, dabbling with making music whilst studying Music Technology at a local college in my youth and appreciate first hand the power of music on disaffected young people.

Brighton certainly supports my love of live music and attending gigs, which I try and do as often as my bank balance and available babysitters allows…