Lee Holder CV May 2014 – PDF file


Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1DU
07929 080319

I am a qualified, award winning teacher and music technology workshop leader with extensive work experience in every field of the music industry and electronic publishing. I possess a vast experience of teaching and delivering lessons and workshops in schools, colleges and third sector projects, and a proven track record of working with and engaging teenagers from challenging backgrounds. An active individual, I work exceptionally well as part of a team, providing keen problem-solving skills and lateral thinking to the group.

I currently work in a freelance capacity with a wide range of clients, specialising in music technology for people with additional needs.


Employment History

Course Leader,
HNC Music Production
Gloucestershire College November 2009 – June 2017

Leading the Higher National Certificate course in Music.
Full responsibility for the design, resourcing, staffing and delivery of the course.
The role has expanded to include delivery on additional courses, currently including:

• Level 3 National Diploma and Extended Diploma in Music Performance
• Level 3 National Diploma and Extended Diploma in Music Technology
• Level 2 Diploma in Music
• Level 1 Certificate in Music and specialist delivery to adults with physical disabilities.

Additional responsibilities include running the GCPlayer college radio station & podcasts from January 2012- July 2013 and stage managing entertainment and publicity events for college open evenings and external events.

Project Manager & Workshop Leader

Plug & Play
July 2010 – Present

Founding and managing Plug and Play, a freelance organisation specialising in delivering music workshops to children and adults with disabilities and barriers to education.
Creating and producing bespoke music equipment and software to enable clients to access music-making opportunities that would not otherwise be possible.

Successfully fundraising and project management for specific and programmes of workshops including liaising with venues, recruiting and training volunteers and reporting back to funding organisations.
Working in partnership on an ongoing basis with mainstream and specialist schools in the Gloucestershire area to make music accessible to all.

Course Leader

National Diploma Music Technology Stroud College
January 2008 – October 2009

Responsible for the design and implementation of the Music Technology course.
Working with mainstream students on Level 2 and 3 courses.
Liaising with other departments providing support for music-based enrichment activities and cross-college performances.
Voluntarily seconded to Development team for the Arts, IT and Finance departments to share expertise. Assisting other staff members who are having issues with challenging behaviour in the classroom as the ‘engagement champion’.
Representing the staff on the Board of Governors.

Project Manager / Lead Delivery

In Tune project, Stroud College March 2006 – December 2007


Working with disaffected teenagers to provide courses designed to improve focus, self-esteem and teamwork skills.
Creating a bespoke course based on a Level 1 qualification in Music Technology or Technical Theatre whilst also bringing in elements of film-making, DJ skills, lighting and club visuals. Responsible for all aspects of the implementation of the course including delivery and planning of all lessons, resource management and logistics.


Although the course was based at Stroud College, it operated in schools across the whole county. The project worked with 150 students over 18 months, with 90% achieving the qualification, and was the subject of a research paper on good practice from the Young Foundation:



Managing Director

Wasp Factory Recordings February 2001 – March 2008

 Building an industry award-winning Record Label from the ground.

Solely responsible for all aspects of record label management, including Accounting, Marketing, Publicity, Administration, Licensing, A&R and Artist Management.
Tour management across Europe, America and Australia.
Releasing a catalogue of more than 20 physical CD releases and managing 12 artists on the label. Managing all stages of music production and promotion.
Winner of AIM’s Young Music Professionals Award in 2003.


Freelance and Part-Time Positions

Mentor – Tempting Failure artist development project
Board Member – Axiom Arts regeneration project
Core team member – Gloucestershire Music Makers charitable trust
Booking agent / Sound Engineer / DJ – The Two Pigs / J D Peppers / Crackers, Gloucestershire

Project Manager – Whaddon Youth Arts Centre
Visiting Lecturer / Workshop Leader – WIRED! Youth community project, Gloucester Music Technology Consultant
Seasonal Playworker
– Cheltenham Borough Council
Music Technology Lecturer – Gloscat (Brunswick Art + Design campus)
Web Designer / Production Assistant – This Is Gloucestershire
Music Booking Agent & Sound Engineer – The Axiom Centre for the Arts
Sales Team Supervisor – Virgin Retail Ltd


Academic History & Qualifications

University of the West of England January 2007 – September 2008

Stroud College
March – December 2006

University of Hertfordshire School of Art & Design September 1992 – July 1993

Hertfordshire College
Of Art & Design
September 1990 – July 1992

Gloucestershire College
Of Art & Design
September 1989 – July 1990

Pate’s Grammar School, Cheltenham
September 1982 – June 1989

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (with Merit)

Certificate of Further Education Teaching (Stage 1 & 2 combined) Pass

BA (Hons)
Design (Representation) 2.1

HND Design (Modelmaking) Merit

Diploma in Foundation Studies, Art & Design

English Literature: B Economics: B
Art: D

English Language: Merit

OA-Level: Maths: C

English Literature: A English Language: A Commerce: A Physics: B
Maths: B
Art: C
Biology: C Chemistry: C

Relevant Additional Training

Arts Award February 2012

Ruth Jones Training March 2011

Sing Up February 2011

Drake Music December 2010

Youth Music November 2010

Forest Pulse November 2010

MusicLeader August 2010

Tobacco Factory Theatre July 2010

Arts Council July 2010

MusicLeader June 2010

Fundraising Skills UK Ltd May 2010

Apple November 2009

Institute for Learning March 2008

NCFE National Awarding Body December 2006

MusicLeader October 2006

Arts Award Adviser training (Bronze & Silver level) Qualification ID: 7532347

MusicLeader Project Management

Vocal session styles

Adaptive music technology training

Measuring Outcomes & Demonstrating Impact

Challenging behaviour training Music mentor training
Social pedagogy training Successful bid writing

GMF MusicLeader training
Level 3 Certificate in Fundraising

iLife Associate Training (GarageBand, iMovie, iPhoto, iWeb, iDVD)

Associate – Member No: AB096475

Portfolio building / alternative evidencing of criteria

Music Workshop Starting Points


Personal interests

When not working I dedicate the majority of my spare time to promoting and DJ-ing my monthly alternative club night, Judder! ( ) which has been running since 2003 and has gained a solid reputation nationwide, hosting guest DJs from as far afield as Australia, America and Europe.

To replace the gap left after retiring my previous industrial rock band, The Chaos Engine, I recently formed an electronic laptop-based performance outfit called temp0rary ( ) which has evolved to embrace collaboration with other artists to create large-scale audio-visual and audience participatory performances and installations. I have recently developed an interest in hand-made electronics and have started to build my own synthesisers and music interfaces. I still perform as a session musician, produce records and help stage manage events.



Current employer

Previous Employers

Karen Morris
Head of Creative Arts Gloucestershire College Llanthony Way
Tel: 0845 155 2020

Katie Ordonez
Previous Head of Arts, Stroud College 9e Albert Crescent
Vale of Glamorgan
CF64 1DA
Tel: 02920 252 858

George Moorey
Project Coordinator
Gloucester Music Company / WIRED! Project 3 Oxford Street
Tel: 01452 422 873

Justin Gregory Head of Arts Stroud College Stratford Road Stroud Gloucestershire GL5 4AH

Tel: 01453 761166

Other references available on request.