Team

  • Head of Education
    Mike Sturgis
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    Originally from the United States, Mike Sturgis has been a professional musician for over 30 years and has appeared live and on record with a number of international artists which include A-ha, Steve Winwood, Paul Carrack, Jack Bruce, David Bowie, Elton John, Tom Jones, Bob James, Randy Brecker, Wishbone Ash, Asia, Bono, Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden), Bruce Dickinson (Iron...
  • Michelle Jay Head of Finance
    Head Of Finance
    Michelle Jay
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    It takes a while before struggling musicians can become spendthrift Grammy-winners. Until then, there’s Michelle Jay, who oversees the college’s finances and advises students through their financial queries.
  • Helen Angove Head Of Learner Experience
    Head of Development & Partnerships
    Helen Angove
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    A performing arts educator with more than twenty years experience, Helen specialises in higher education and vocational training and her passion for music brought her to DIME.
  • Philip Marten Recruitment Manager
    Recruitment and Admissions Manager
    Philip Marten
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    Philip's passion for music was born when he was and has managed to make a successful career of it. He has recorded and toured the world with UK band, Turin Brakes. From 1999 till 2012, he performed alongside artists like Dido, Beth Orton, Sting, David Gray, Stereophonics, Travis, Doves, Franz Ferdinand, and Elbow.
  • Jess Hamlin Learner Experience Administrator
    Head of Student Services
    Jess Hamlin
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    Jess holds the dual roles of DIME Group General Manager & DIME Group Head of Student Services, as well as being the mastermind behind the student experience for our students. Jess ensures that all DIME students are awarded excellent one-to-one pastoral support on assessment, exams, and progression.
  • Learning Technologist
    Tristan Seume
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    With a wealth of experience in music education and a keen eye for detail, Tristan is responsible for managing DIME ONLINE’s Virtual Learning Environment - Canvas, ensuring all course materials are engaging, up-to-date and fit-for-purpose. An experienced and enthusiastic educator, his CV includes countless contributions to some of the UK’s best-selling guitar magazines; Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Acoustic, and...