Nathan graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1996 with a BA(Ed)Hons and then went on to have a very successful 11 year teaching career working in Outstanding Primary Schools in Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich Boroughs as a Primary Sports Specialist and Creative Arts Manager. He also worked closely with Southbank University and the University of Greenwich supporting and mentoring newly qualified teachers.
Passionate about the craft of songwriting and the art of music production and always committed to delivering the highest quality teaching, he set up Bullybeat - Songwriting/Music production workshops in January 2007 . He also signed a publishing deal with Moncur Street Music Publishing Ltd and released his 4th studio album ‘Graffiti’.
In July 2008 he joined forces with the award winning children’s charity Beatbullying where he worked as their music manager and leading music practitioner working face to face with 7,500 children creating over 300 brand new anti-bullying songs in the UK and Europe, generating over 200,000 downloads from the apple iTunes store. In this period Nathan also worked with Lee Mead, N-Dubz, JLS and produced and released his 5th studio album ‘Living From A Suitcase’.
Nathan Timothy Foundation - "The Songwriting Charity" was set up in July 2011. In 2012 the charity was awarded the Official Olympic Inspire Mark by LOCOG for its Sports Tracks songwriting programme.
Nathan is a proud husband and father of 2 boys. He loves writing, comedy, athletics, watching films, meeting new people, spending time with his family and telling stories that make people laugh.
Ben has been working in arts education for 10 years, having graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a First Class Honours Degree in Theatre Studies, and a Musical Theatre singing scholarship.
In that time he has worked as a performer with a number of film and theatre companies and a singer/songwriter and in a number of bands. He has worked with more than 5000 children across London, written over 300 songs and developed a practise committed to delivering high quality cross-arts programmes that inspire and educate in equal measure. He has designed and delivered programmes with, among others, the Royal Opera House, The Battersea Arts Centre and Spare Tyre Theatre Company, working with people of all ages to enhance participation in the arts across many communities. in summer 2011, Ben pioneered the concept of a "Creative Community Choir" and, with funding from Youth Music, has introduced the first one of it's kind to East London, heightening community engagement in group singing with hard to reach boys as core songwriters.
Ben is a devoted Father of 2 little boys, and when not making music, he is often helping them make a magical mess. And sometimes a magical musical mess.
A fine art graduate and with an eight year commercial interior design background, John gained his extensive voluntary sector experience having worked for the award winning national children's charity, Beatbullying for just over seven and a half years.
During his time at Beatbullying, John worked with and assisted thousands of children and young people affected by bullying; advising and supporting parents and professionals in how to identify and handle all bullying related problems. John supported schools and community organisations by embedding the charity's award winning peer mentoring models, trained professionals in how to identify and handle bullying related problems and assisted in the development of policy and practice. He was also lead officer for Child Protection at the charity. Winning Charity of the Year and Children's Charity of the Year in 2005 consolidated the charity's position in the sector and proved to be one of many professional highlights during his time at the charity.
John has also worked as the Development Director for the Red Balloon Learner Centre Group, a national educational charity that supports the creation of intensive care education centres, providing full-time education for children and young people so traumatized by bullying, they no longer attend mainstream school. John now provides social media services and support to the charity.
Keen on The Nolans(!), fine art, a long suffering Liverpool FC supporter and a highly skilled Mario Karter (all versions!), John is married to Kathryn and is a proud father of two boys. He lives and works just north of Cambridge.
An organiser at heart and a passionate believer in children achieving their full potential, Chris has always been interested in children's education. Taking a more active part in the education of her own children, she served as a Parent Governor and on the PTA at their primary and high schools.
Chris gained first-hand experience of working within the education system as a School Secretary for a large primary school and then as Office Manager for the Borough of Croydon’s Work Placement Programme (Project Trident). This involved identifying suitable positions for students on work experience, placing them and overseeing their progress.
Chris worked in the Private Sector for a large insurance company for 20 years as a Supervisor and PA, running her own Secretarial Section. During this time she devised, implemented and ran courses within the company to help improve the quality of letter writing skills.
Chris’ most recent post was working with Nathan for Beatbullying, liaising with schools to assist in the implementation of the music programme.
Chris is keen to give something back to the community and enlisted as a ‘Reading Auntie’ at a local school to help children improve their reading skills.
A wife and mother of two boys (now men!) and a grandmother of two boys, Chris is often called upon for babysitting duties and although this takes up a lot of time, it does not deter her from a wide range of hobbies. Her latest one is beekeeping (hive and bees coming soon) but she still keeps up her piano lessons, Zumba, Pilates and ballroom dancing sessions. Chris and her husband also like travelling, having recently visited places such as China, Egypt and India, as well as extensive travel within Europe.