Awards Judges 2020

Meet the judging panel

Sarah Lambie

Editor, Drama & Theatre and Head of Content (Drama)

Music & Drama Education Expo

Sarah Lambie is the editor of Drama & Theatre and Head of Content for the Music & Drama Education Expo. Having studied English at Cambridge University and acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, she is a working actress and a tutor as well as a freelance editor and journalist.

Chris Walters

Editor, Music Teacher and Head of Content (Music)

Music & Drama Education Expo

Chris Walters is an experienced music education professional, having begun his career as a peripatetic music teacher (in both the UK and Kenya) following study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Over the last decade he has held roles including music education journalist, editing Music Teacher magazine, planning and delivering the first ever Music Education Expo, serving as head of music qualifications at Trinity College London, and advocating on behalf of musicians who teach for the Musicians' Union. He is also a professional clarinettist and can regularly be found deputising in the orchestra of the West End show Wicked.

Holly Barradell

Head of Expressive Arts Faculty

The Skinners’ Kent Academy 

Holly is currently the Head of Expressive Arts Faculty at an all-ability Academy in Kent. Holly trained in technical theatre at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and worked in industry before re-training to be a teacher. She’s been teaching for over a decade, won a teaching award as an NQT and was recently nominated and granted an FRSA. She has been a moderator/examiner for several exam boards, is a critical friend for the Action for Children’s Arts and an external subject expert for OFQUAL. Holly co-founded Open Drama UK and has just completed her first co-authored teacher textbook for HarperCollins Publishers.

Helena Gaunt


Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Professor Helena Gaunt is Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. A highly experienced Conservatoire professional, musician, leader, teacher and author, Professor Gaunt is passionate about artistic development, creative and cultural entrepreneurship within the industry. Professor Gaunt studied at the University of Cambridge, University of Essex, Guildhall School and Institute of Education, London University, and received an MBA at Ashridge Business School. She has served on several working groups for the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC), and currently chairs one of the working groups of its project "Strengthening Music in Society" funded by Creative Europe. She is a member of the Peer Review College for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and a governor of Tonbridge School.

Mark Jones

Subject Leader in Drama and Music

Crosby High SEND School

Mark Jones is a stage performer with over 30 years experience of live drama and music performance. He works primarily in SEND schools in Liverpool, incorporating a wealth of themed Music and Drama activities into his energetic classroom sessions. Mark is particularly interested in how Drama and Music aid in developing communication and social skills for children with ASD and other Special Needs. Mark is also a published writer of songs, and drama and music magazine articles.

Elizabeth Nightingale

Neuro Music Therapy Services Manager

Chiltern Music Therapy

After qualifying as a music therapist, Elizabeth gained clinical experience with adults with neurological disorders and worked with children with a range of needs including developmental delay, behavioural difficulties, and trauma. She later trained as a Neurologic Music Therapist and MATADOC assessor and continues to acquire specialist experience in brain injury and neurodisability through providing NMT and MATADOC assessments for medico-legal cases. She has had her work and research published in the Brain & Spinal Injury Handbook, Journal of Dementia Care, and the British Journal of Music Therapy. She holds the role of Neuro Music Therapy Services Manager for Chiltern.

Francesca Treadaway

Senior Communications & Public Affairs Manager


Francesca Treadaway is Senior Communications & Public Affairs Manager at the Incorporated Society of Musicians. As part of the ISM’s campaigning and advocacy function for music and musicians, Francesca works on strategies for communications and campaigns on musicians’ issues such as music education, including Bacc for the Future (; discrimination in the music industry and Brexit. She speaks regularly on behalf of the ISM at conferences and events and in the media, including BBC radio and TalkRadio. Outside of the ISM, Francesca is a trumpeter, previously worked in PR and has freelanced as a music writer including for Rhinegold Publishing (now Mark Allen Group) titles.

Natalie Witts

London Regional Officer

Musicians’ Union

Prior to working at the MU Natalie, a jazz graduate from TrinityLaban, was a freelance trombone player, educator and arranger and enjoyed a busy freelance career for over 15 years playing and recording with renowned pop, jazz and classical artists such as Jamie Cullum, Jools Holland and Jimmy Somerville, performing on numerous west end shows including Dreamgirls, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Young Frankenstein and The Scottsboro Boys and writing and arranging music for ensembles. Natalie now looks after the interests of MU members working in London, including advice relating to the music industry, copyright, live, teaching, legal advice, member representation, career advice, and regional events.