Meet the Chapel FM Arts Centre Staff

Director – Tony Macaluso

Community Projects Producer – Katy Hayley

Tech & Live Events Coordinator – Elliott Moon

Centre Coordinator – Sinead O’Reilly

Community Music Worker – Martin Berger

Community Radio Facilitator – Agnes Leonowicz

Business Manager and Director of UNION: The Northern School for Creativity and ActivismAdrian Sinclair

Director of Words – Peter Spafford

Rentals and Project Support – Tony Dawson

Chapel FM Jazz Collective Director – Dave Evans


We also work with a large range of independent artists and media-makers.

Scroll down for staff bios and contact information. 


Director– Tony Macaluso

Overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Chapel FM Arts Centre, Tony came to Leeds from Chicago where he previously worked as director of the WFMT Radio Network, producing arts radio programmes and documentaries for radio stations around the world and served as director of the Studs Terkel Radio Archive a collection of 5,000+ radio programmes made by the legendary oral historian and radio DJ from Chicago. A podcast overview of that project can be found here. He has worked as a performer, director, writer and staff member with a number of experimental theatre companies in Chicago such as Redmoon Theatre, The Neo-Futurists, Theatre Oobleck and Prop Thtr, served as president of the board of Opera-Matic and worked for the Grant Park Music Festival / Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, a free outdoor summer-long music festival running since the 1930s.

He studied Journalism, Chinese and Theatre at university. He is a board member of the Charles Parker Archive and involved in many oral history/radio archive projects. One of his passions is getting to know places through exploring books, films, music by local artists and tramping around neighbourhoods, trying to understand their histories and what makes them unique.



Community Programmes Manager – Katy Hayley

Katy graduated in Graphic Art & Design at Leeds Metropolitan University, back in 2000, and has been working creatively within education and community arts ever since. She enjoys working collaboratively and is particularly focused on encouraging young people to achieve; and for them to recognise and feel proud of their achievements.

Working as Participation Manager at Chapel FM since 2015, a varied role that involves engaging and inspiring a range of diverse communities to get involved in creative opportunities, Katy is responsible for all the participation and education activities that we run, with a focus on young people (Next Generation), adults (Find Your Frequency) and older people’s (Care To Air) programmes of work.

Katy is the centres Arts Award Advisor—accrediting all the work that our young participants take part in. Katy is also mum to 5 year old Peggy. She loves coming to mummy’s work because “this place is magical”.



Tech & Live Events Coordinator – Elliott Moon

Elliott oversees most technical aspects of running Chapel FM and is focusing in on most of our live event output for 2020 and beyond. He works with the community on offering them support in learning how to use radio equipment as part of our volunteer tech group training sessions. He is also working with people in our live events groups sessions to make sure we put on as many performances and events that are geared towards the community. Elliott hosts the ELFM radio show Welly’s Nerdy News.




Center Coordinator – Sinead O’Reilly

Sinead has a background of working in the charity sector and has a passion for working in the community, she feels it is a privilege to work and volunteer within areas of Leeds with high levels of deprivation, and to support the organisations and the communities they serve. An experienced project manager, Sinead has managed teams of staff and volunteers and developed education programmes designed to promote health and wellbeing bridging the gap of inequalities. The success of the projects and programmes evidence Sinead’s commitment to, and passion for achieving equality for vulnerable groups within society to ensure they can live purposeful, rewarding, and happy lives.

Sinead has worked at Chapel FM Arts Centre since June 2023 and lives in the local area. Sinead’s work is responsive, from managing the day to day running of the building, to organising community events, to being able to identify priority issues in the community, no two days are ever the same.




Community Music Facilitator – Martin Berger

Martín is an Argentinian music teacher, composer and performer. He is passionate about teaching music and inspiring people to express themselves through sound: he definitely believes that music is all around us, and it should be accessible to everyone! Martín’s main instrument is saxophone, but he also plays clarinet and flute and when he has some free time at home he loves tinkering with his piano and guitar, or even some drums. Martín has lived in so many countries around the world that you almost wouldn’t recognise his Latin-American accent: after living in Argentina, France, Brazil, Poland, Switzerland and now England.

Martín loves to mix things up and navigate between art forms, music styles and genres: from popular to academic, from contemporary to traditional music. He loves mixing improvisation and written forms and collaborating with theatre, film and any other art forms. He has played in orchestras, jazz groups, free improvisation ensembles and even rock bands! You can hear his music in youtube (, soundcloud ( or bandcamp ( Besides music, he is passionate about climate change, gardening and sustainability.




Community Radio Facilitator – Agnes Leonowicz

After studying Jazz at Leeds Conservatoire, Agnes began her career running songwriting courses for young people, teaching music and working with artists to explore local Leeds heritage in her role in Studio 12. She then progressed into working with wider communities as Digital Health & Wellbeing Librarian, working across the city to raise confidence surrounding technology through creative ways. 

From working closely with communities & travelling across Leeds with her music & arts digital workshops, she found a role at LEEDS 2023 in community engagement, supporting the production of community arts events as a part of the year of culture. Since her start in community music, she has delved into wider community arts & media, creating opportunities & spaces for people to explore their creativity and find their voices.

Agnes is our Community Radio Facilitator, overseeing the creation of radio programmes and podcasts for East Leeds Community Radio. She also facilitates courses and workshops on broadcasting to help people from our community and beyond develop confidence, share visions for their community and connect with the wider city and world beyond East Leeds. 



Business Manager – Adrian Sinclair

After an early start in rugby and engineering, Adrian trained in theatre and dance and performed throughout this country and in Europe. He was one of the founders of Heads Together Productions back in 1986, the organisation that is behind Chapel FM.

Having overseen both phases of the £1.6 million development of Chapel FM,  Adrian is currently Business Manager for the organisation as well as having founded and now directing UNION which is a pioneering professional development and coaching programme for artists and activists across the north of England.



Director of Words – Peter Spafford

Peter has been writing and supporting other people to write for over 30 years. His own writing includes poetry, plays, musicals, and radio drama. He loves collaborating with other artists: photographers, composers, painters, actors.
Out in the community, Peter has worked in prisons, schools, on the streets, in arts centres, hospitals and museums and, for over 10 years, as Director of Words at Chapel FM Arts Centre where he leads writing groups and organises, with the Chapel FM Team, the annual Writing On Air Festival. He loves radio and everything it can do!



Heads Together was originally created as a physical theatre company back in 1986. It wasn’t until 1998 that it launched as a fully fledged community arts company, and as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee—Heads Together Productions Limited.

But the story is about a developing purpose and methods as well as a change in corporate structure—identified in a website we put together in 2011 to mark the 25th anniversary of Heads Together. The website charts three phases of the company:

1986 to 1992 The Early Years The Company was created as Heads Together Physical Theatre in October 1986. Originally founded by Gerry Turvey, Adrian Sinclair and Tamsin Spain–the first years saw the Company develop their own style of performance, alongside a strong belief in finding ways to share the ownership of the work they created.

1993 to 2002 The Street Years Having lost touring money, the big performance-based residencies became a thing of the past. But there was still a great demand for Heads Together’s participatory work. In this phase of the Company’s development, we really focused on our education work: both in a formal setting in schools and colleges, and in more informal community settings: On the Streets.

2003 – 2010 The Digital Years As digital possibilities increased, Heads Together was in the forefront of looking at the creative possibilities… in a community context. For us that meant finding appropriate uses for the new technologies, often linking the digital to the analogue eg using mobile broadband to broadcast a digital radio station from a 1980s Marauder caravan! If you follow the links you will find a lot more detail…

And if we carried on the theme then 2011-2019 would be the Chapel years—developing a beautiful arts centre from a derelict Methodist Chapel and looking at how best to support a thriving community resource.

Current organisational structure

As mentioned, the responsible organisation is Heads Together Productions Limited; a not-for-profit company which has recently been awarded charitable status. The company is run by a voluntary Board of Directors. If you want to contact the Board directly then please either write to the Chair of the Board at Chapel FM, York Road, Leeds LS14 6JB or email The Board is responsible for the future direction of the organisation as well as overseeing policies and practices regarding the day-to-day operations of the Company and it’s staff and operations. The following documents might be of interest:

Current policies Below are a few of Heads Together’s key policies and procedures. Please contact us directly if you would like further information or details of other policies.

Theory of Change

When we moved into Chapel FM we worked with consultant Liz Firth to develop a plan of what we were trying to achieve—a Theory of Change. We are currently involved in two research projects that are testing whether aspects of this theory are indeed changing anything!

Heads Together Productions—A Manifesto

Heads Together believes in:

  • the transformative power of involvement in significant creative processes
  • the power of creativity in effecting positive changes in social and community settings
  • providing opportunities to develop everyone’s creative potential
  • active creative collaboration between artists and other professionals
  • achieving the highest quality
  • productive partnerships with other professionals/agencies to effect long-term results
  • the continued development of our own skills and art form practice

Heads Together respects:

  • the equal importance of artistic and social aspirations
  • the particular contribution people in communities make to the process, in partnership with Heads Together
  • the need to understand the importance of the political, social, cultural and economic context within which we work

Heads Together will:

  • develop imaginative, inspiring and meaningful creative work with people
  • set up inclusive frameworks for involvement in creative work
  • value individual identity
  • maintain, along with project participants, a clear understanding of the purpose and aspirations for any programme of work
  • exercise a duty of care regarding the impact a project may have on participants, communities and partners
  • support the potential for individual and group progression

With acknowledgement to Jennie Hayes – January 2004 Full copy of the Manifesto available to download