Team

Andy

Andy

Sports Coordinator Assistant

I started working with Heavy Sound in early 2022. I have dreamt of doing this work since I was 21. Life has taken me down some dead end alleys in my time but I now know the things I encountered in life can be used positively in my new role as Sports Coordinator Assistant/Mentor. I am a fully qualified Personal Trainer and have been for 8 years. Fitness has played a huge part in my life so I know how fitness can make a massive impact on peoples lives. It’s not only in the body but in the mind.

Dariush

Sports Coordinator

I have always had a strong passion for sports and working with young people, particularly within combat sports. I started boxing at 13 and transitioned in to coaching at 22. I have since branched out in to sports specific strength and conditioning, having worked with amateur boxers and professional footballers. I have a first class degree in Sports and Exercise Science where I specified in Sports Psychology. Combat sports had a profound effect on me growing up and I am driven to use the tools I have acquired through to help young people reach positive destinations in their lives.

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Elizabeth

Youth Services Manager

I’ve worked at Heavy Sound since it first started. I have experience in supporting young people and families. It is my job to help to create a safe and nurturing environment for all or our young people, this also extends to parents/carers and anyone who walks through our doors. I have experience in working with both adults and young people who have experienced trauma so my aim is to help create a person-centred, trauma informed environment here at Heavy Sound.

This environment can be a place for our young people to grow and to realise their potential by building up safe supportive relationships and engaging in things that intrest them such as art, photography, music, sports etc. I am also an advocate for our young people sure their voices are heard and that they are receiving all the support that they need.

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Eve

Youth Services Assistant Manager

Hello! I’m Eve, I joined Heavy Sound in 2021 as a Music Services Assistant, and I’m now the Youth Services Officer, still involved in 1:1 music sessions and group-work, as well as curating individual plans for our young people at Heavy Sound. I grew up songwriting, and my music has been featured on BBC Introducing, BBC6, and across theatre and film, gigging regularly throughout the UK. I am passionate about using songwriting to navigate trauma and general well-being.

I am also a co-founder of Intarsia Records, a record label for underrepresented artists in the UK, and I’m currently an ‘In The Room’ representative for the Ivors Academy, focussing on mental health in regional music scenes. I have a degree in Politics, and I am passionate about social justice and widening access to education, with a Professional Practice Award in Mentoring for my work in widening participation within Higher Education.

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Gav

Gav

Education & Communication Manager

I’m a DJ, music producer and all round sound guy. I joined H.S in 2019 as Lead Music Practitioner, I now manage the education and communication side of things as well as our bike projects, (I cycle over 20 miles a day to and from work). I previously worked in a studio where I ran several successful youth music projects and through this became heavily involved with setting up and running the Edinburgh Youth Music Forum.

George

George

Mentor

I’m a lived experienced mentor and I have been with Heavy Sound since early 2020. Before that I worked with Aid & Abet, a peer led organisation offering a support service to people on their release from prison. I also worked with the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit (SVRU) on a project with young adults. I am doing this job because I have a wealth of experience that can hopefully help guide young people away from a life of crime, violence and addiction.

Jordan

Jordan

CEO

I’m Jordan, the founder and CEO of Heavy Sound. I set up Heavy Sound in 2015 based on my own lived experience of trauma, offending behaviours, substance misuse and homelessness. I’ve got over 15 years of hip hop, music making and creative writing experience as well as qualifications in business, creative arts, and community work. I also have over 10 years of front-line youth work experience which is informed by my own lived experience of the issues faced by our target groups. I’m involved in all aspects of running the business as well as delivering projects to our young people.

Kirstie

Kirstie

Link Teacher

My name is Kirstie and I’m the link teacher here at Heavy Sound. Having spent a number of years teaching English in High Schools, I am now studying counselling and psychotherapy and am very much enjoying using my counselling training to work holistically and therapeutically with young people. Coming from a trauma-informed, young person-centred standpoint, I work alongside our young people to support their academic and relational learning by building their social and educational confidence.

This relational approach to learning in embedded in the belief that it is positive, nurturing human relationships which guide and scaffold our ability to engage both with others and with the curriculum, and it is from this basis that we set out to achieve each young person’s individual academic goals.

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Linda

Linda

Head of Business & Operations

Hi, I’m Linda, I’m Head of Business & Operations at Heavy Sound. I’ve been at Heavy Sound for almost 5 years. Making a difference in people’s lives through the power of positive relationships and creating meaningful purpose is at the heart of everything we do, which is why I love my job. I’m also on the board of Community Justice Scotland, Families Outside, Recovery Coaching Scotland and the Shelter Scotland Committee. Outside of work I’ve got 3 kids and 2 dogs. Life is busy but I’ll always make time.

Malky

Malky

Mentoring Services Manager

I am Malcolm (Malky), I am the Mentoring Services Manager and I have been working with Heavy Sound since early 2021. I have previous work experience in the Mental Health, Addictions and Community Justice sectors. Along with having qualifications in Counselling and Health and Social Care, I have lived experience from each of the fields I have worked in, so I bring a holistic view and approach to working and want to support people to make changes in their lives. I am a Board member with the Scottish Drugs Forum.

Scott

Muay Thai Coach & Sports Practitioner

I’m Scott and I’ve been interested in martial arts since childhood, my journey began at the age of 10 at the local sports centre where I would train in Karate. At around eighteen, I then moved on to boxing and then discovered Muay Thai (Thai boxing – also known as the art of eight limbs). I began coaching back in 2014 and have developed numerous UK number one & top ten ranked fighters. I’ve had World, European, British and Scottish champions with local youngsters from East Lothian. One of my fighters was crowned British Female Fighter of the Year in 2018, and I was nominated for coach of the year twice in 2018.

Stephen

Bike Leader

Hi, I’m Stephen, I am the Bike Course Leader and a Mentor.  I teach bike maintenance courses and I am a trained cycle leader. Through this I use my own lived experience, understanding of trauma and offending behaviour to work towards building relationships and trust with the young people to be able to support them to a more positive future.  

Thilo

Thilo

Music Services & Team Manager

I’m Thilo. I look after the music programmes and one-to-one music tuition here at Heavy Sound. I’m also responsible for supporting the Heavy Sound team and make sure various systems are running smoothly in the background. I have a music degree and have been involved in making music my whole life. I’ve been performing live all over the world, and, with my current band, Scottish Hip-Hop group Stanley Odd I have released various albums and EP’s – two of which had been shortlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year Awards.

Steve McKenzie

Financial Director

Over the years I have worked in accountancy practices, for start- up companies dealing with new FMCG, co-owned a Japanese restaurant. In the early 2000’s I had my first joint e commerce venture with my wife, Brenda. In 2016, we started a new e-commerce business dealing with unique and different spirits from both the UK and abroad. This includes them being imported and in some cases exported to the other side of the world. For most people, they will know me as an accountant. A guy with over 30 years working in finance and finance departments of companies.