Directors

Terry Walden Managing Director/Chair

 

  •  TERRY WALDEN has more than thirty years’ experience in senior management. 
  • His positions have ranged from Works Manager up to Managing Director.
  • He started his own business that he built from original capital of £5,000 to a turnover of £15 million over a 10-year period employing, at its maximum, a staff of 28. 
  • For six years during the 1970’s he was involved in trade union activity as an official and a negotiator at Branch level.  During an interim period of 7 years, he was involved in the licensed trade owning two public houses and managing another.  
  • Was on the board of trustees for West Suffolk Headway 2005 – 2007.
  •  For the past twelve years has worked professionally with people with acquired head injuries and brain damage, adults with learning disabilities and people with mental health issues.
  • He has also been a Home Carer for older people in the community. 
  • Has obtained NVQ qualifications in Health and Social Care and various other qualifications regarding people with disabilities and mental health issues.
  • Has qualified as a group facilitator.  
  • He is a committee member and Company Secretary of The Ely Folk Festival CIC and is actively involved with five other festivals. 
  • Started a folk club 19 years ago that has become nationally and internationally known.  
  • He has been a promoter of events from the late 1960’s to the present day, particularly within the world of folk music.
  • Committee member of various youth projects in the 70’s.
  • He is a lapsed Trumpet player.
  • All the above have enabled him to acquire invaluable people skills with service users, staff and public.

 

 

Adrian Black Folk Club Director

  • ADRIAN BLACK has twenty eight years’ experience in Norfolk Social Services (1976 – 2004) as a qualified Social Worker, manager, and Senior Training Officer.
  •  Prior to this he spent two years following his first degree working as Deputy President and then President of Portsmouth Polytechnic (now University) Students Union. 
  • Having been long involved in voluntary community work, Adrian also became Chair of National Union of Students Community Action (SCANUS).
  • For four years from 1973 to 1976 he was involved in music as a DJ, a member of the student Union Events committee, and helping at a large folk club in Portsmouth.
  • He was involved in a number of regional and national forums, becoming Chair of the National Organisation for Practice Teaching from 1996 to 1998.
  • From 2000, Adrian has been involved in teaching and research in Ukraine and Azerbaijan on several occasions.  In Ukraine Adrian and his colleague first devised using clarinets in their teaching of Masters level courses for social work educators.  We continue this in England to this day. 
  • In 2002 Adrian changed from operational social work to an academic career: firstly as Programme Manager, leading the social work degrees at City College Norwich; and from 2004 as a Principal Lecturer in Social Work at Anglia Ruskin University. 
  • He has also been on the Editorial Board of an academic journal.
  • Since 2003 Adrian has assisted a  in organising, promoting and delivering folk-rock concerts in aid of ‘Action for ME’ and other Charity events many with top-name artists.
  • Adrian plays clarinet and saxophones, and performs at the Milkmaid and elsewhere as both a soloist and guesting with a band.

 

Liz Walden Musical Director

  • LIZ WALDEN holds a BA in Music and English Literature, a PGCE in Secondary Music, and is an Associate of Trinity College London, specialising in Instrumental Music Education.
  • She is also a qualified Arts Award administrator at bronze and silver levels
  • .Liz began her career in music as a music braillist at the RNIB, where she gained a true appreciation of the term 'diversity' working alongside visually impaired colleagues.
  • As an experienced music teacher, Liz feels passionately that music is for everyone, and strives to eradicate musical elitism.
  • She has established a training orchestra for lower ability pupils and a keyboard ensemble for those who did not study classical instruments arranging popular and classical repertoire for both.
  • Liz's principal instruments are the piano and flute, and she has extensive experience as an accompanist, ensemble leader and performer.
  • Her life revolves around professional music as her husband manages the BBC Concert Orchestra,
  • She also acts as volunteer musical director for her children’s school.
  • Daughter-in-law to Terry Walden.

 

 

Robert Rigby Director of Drama

 

  • ROBERT RIGBY began his career as a journalist after Drama College and then spent several years in the music business as a songwriter, musician and session singer.
  • He turned to writing for radio, television and the theatre, and has also directed and performed in children’s theatre throughout the country.
  • He wrote and directed a film called ‘It’s my life’ using actors with Learning Disabilities which is used in the training of Social workers.
  • He has become an established young people’s playwrite and his award-winning work with youth theatre companies has been seen in Britain, Europe, the US and Africa.
  •  His scripts for television include the long-running BBC children’s drama series, Byker Grove and Thomas the Tank children series.
  • Robert is a contributor to national newspapers and enjoys regular contact with his literary audience at schools and other institutions up and down the country.
  • He remains particularly interested in how to develop a reading habit among teenage boys.
  • Has worked extensively with people with learning disabilities in theatres, schools and day centres.
  • Organises workshops for prospective authors and playwrights’.
  • Is an accomplished performer both in Europe and the UK.

 

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