“The impressive and inspiring work of the project delivery team .. should not be underestimated or undervalued. This work is only possible because of the unique combination of personal, professional and technical skills and experiences that are possessed by all the members.” –Dr Gunter External Evaluation, 2019
ONE SPIRIT is led by Hiphology Director Charlie Parker
Charlie studied drama at Hull University and worked in rep theatre whilst developing a career as a musician – guitar and saxophone before embarking on a music career that has led to success in industry, education and community. Co founder of the UKs most wanted hip hop group – 57 Dynasty – Charlie produced award winning albums and consequently developed a presence as a producer working in the US, Jamaica and Europe.
His education work has led him to start up his own organisation HIPHOLOGY and over the last 5 years make a return to his drama roots as a practitioner. Charlie has been leading One Spirit since 2009.
David Smart – Tutor
A qualified lecturer with over 30 years experience in the music industry, David “Duce” Smart is an active producer, songwriter, educator and runs the training portal www.musictechtraining.com. With degrees in both Multi Media Studies and Music Technology he also holds a Masters in Record Production from Kingston University. After 7 years as Head of Music at HMPYOI Feltham David joined the One Spirit team in 2015. This has allowed him to continue his mission of supporting offenders in developing their musical skills whilst in prison, mentoring them through the gate back into the community, then hopefully onto successful future careers.
Todd Speakman – Tutor