Who we are

The Association of Sound Designers represents the interests of sound designers and others working and studying in the UK theatre sound industry. Our function is to connect the widely dispersed sound design community, to educate and promote high standards.

The Association of Sound Designers advocates for a diverse and inclusive theatre sound community, in which all members, regardless of race, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, mental health, nationality, language, religion, belief, or socioeconomic background can work with dignity and in safety.

All ASD members are expected to take responsibility for creating inclusive, productive working environments that are positive and supportive. As theatre sound professionals, we also have a responsibility to raise concerns we may have about unsafe working experiences and to stand up for others in vulnerable positions, where appropriate and possible.

The ASD is committed to support and empower its members to work freely and creatively,in environments in which everyone can be themselves, respected, valued, and feel that their voices are heard.

The Association of Sound Designers is a registered charity in the UK, Registered Charity No.1165633.

The formation of the ASD

In December 2009, Gregg Fisher organised a series of meetings with a small group of sound designers to start discussing the formation of an association for sound designers. Many conversations amongst designers prior to this had highlighted the desire for such an organisation and a couple of attempts had been made previously. This group of sound designers formed a steering committee and began discussing what such an organisation should do and how it might exist. The steering committee consisted of: Paul Arditti, Nela Brown, Steven Brown, Ian Dickinson, Carolyn Downing, Gregg Fisher, Gareth Fry, John Leonard, David McSeveney, Gareth Owen and Christopher Shutt.

In December 2010 we sent out an open letter to every sound designer we could find, inviting them to a meeting which was held at the Royal National Theatre on February 18th, 2011 which over 60 sound designers attended from across the country.





Further meetings were held at the Royal Court Theatre and the Royal Exchange: a board was elected, a name chosen, a constitution was voted on and we launched at the PLASA show on the 9th September, 2011.

The Association of Sound Designers' Board is elected annually. The first election took place on April 15th, 2011 at the Royal Court Theatre. 
  • Gareth Fry was elected as Chairman.
  • Paul Arditti was elected as Treasurer.
  • Carolyn Downing was elected as Secretary.
  • Steven Brown was elected as Board Member.
  • Gregg Fisher was voted in as a Board Member on June 7th, 2011.
On August 31st, 2012 the results of our second election gave us an expanded board of
  • Gareth Fry - Chair
  • Paul Arditti - Treasurer
  • Carolyn Downing - Secretary
  • Dominic Bilkey
  • Steven Brown
  • Gregg Fisher
  • Theo Holloway
  • John Leonard
  • Tom Lishman
  • Adam McCready
  • Gareth Owen
  • Rich Walsh
On Sunday 7th July 2013, Steve Brown passed away - a memorial page exists here

At our AGM on December 12th, 2013 our board was confirmed as:
  • Paul Arditti
  • Dom Bilkey
  • Seb Frost
  • Gareth Fry (Chair)
  • David Gregory
  • Karen Lauke
  • Adam McCready
  • Gareth Owen
  • Adrienne Quartly
  • Tom Lishman
  • Rich Walsh
  • Phil Wright

At our election on September 28th, 2015 our board was confirmed as:
  • Paul Arditti
  • Dom Bilkey
  • Seb Frost
  • Gareth Fry (Chair)
  • David Gregory
  • Karen Lauke
  • Gareth Owen
  • Tom Lishman
  • Ben Milton
  • Donato Wharton
  • Phil Wright
On the 18th February 2016 the ASD became a registered charity, No. 1165633, operating as a CIO, 

At our election on June 10th, 2017 our board was elected as:
  • Paul Arditti
  • Dom Bilkey
  • Gareth Fry (Chair)
  • Gareth Owen
  • Donato Wharton
  • Phil Wright

At our AGM on January 27th, 2018 our board was elected as:
  • Dom Bilkey (Chair)
  • Donato Wharton (Treasurer)
  • Bryony Blackler
  • Gareth Owen
  • Melanie Wilson
  • Phil Wright
At our AGM on January 11th, 2019 our board was elected as:
  • Dom Bilkey (Chair)
  • Donato Wharton (Treasurer)
  • Bryony Blackler
  • Lewis Gibson
  • Melanie Wilson
  • Phil Wright
At our AGM on June 16th, 2020 our board was elected as:
  • Dom Bilkey (Chair)
  • Lewis Gibson (Treasurer)
  • Rob Bettle
  • Bryony Blackler
  • Melanie Wilson
  • Phil Wright

OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS PROVIDE VITAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO THE ASD

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