Our Team

The Rookie Rockstars team are a mix of very experienced musicians and office staff who are passionate about the work we do. Many of our music tutors have toured internationally, won music awards and had TV and radio appearances worldwide as part of some well known bands or as solo artists.  We work together to try and impact as many young people as we can in a positive way.  Find out about who’s who below.

Dave Brackenridge

Founder & CEO

Dave wrote the original Rookie Rockstars programme with a view to positively impact young people all over the UK.  Dave had a tough time at school, having been severely bullied for a number of years. He wanted to seize the opportunity to help children understand that they are all special, they should have confidence in themselves, that they should never give up and to always remember that bullying is not right! His energetic, fun songs have helped teach these positive messages to approx ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND school pupils across the country. On the back of the success of the programme Dave has written a second programme for schools and opened our very own School of Music which currently has two campuses in Kirkintilloch and Cumbernauld respectively. He also added a Mental Health Counselling service in 2018  which is growing at an incredible rate. He is passionate and focussed about continuing to grow the charity and helping as many young people as he can!   Dave has pretty solid musical credentials too having toured worldwide with his band before starting the Rookie Rockstars Programme. 

Sara Danson

General Manager

Sara has been involved with many charities over a number of years.  Yorkhill Children’s Charity, MediCinema, Homestart Glasgow North, Noah’s ark Children’s Hospital for Wales and Ronald MacDonald House have all benefited from her experience over the past number of years. Having joined initially as a volunteer her talents were noticed early on which saw her offered a key role within the organisation.  She now manages the office and its staff as well as working closely with schools to ensure the smooth delivery of the Rookie Rockstars Programme.


Kristin Kudeva

media& Administration

Kristin is currently a media student by day and an important part of our team by night.  She has previously been involved with charities such as Glasgow Sport and her freelance work has been focused on creating media content, filming and editing promotional videos. Kristin has a passion for video-making and advertising and views Rookie Rockstars’ programme as an inspiring project where she could enhance her skills.  She is also the first face you will see when you attend our School of music in Kirkintilloch and your first contact on the phone for all of our Music schools after 3pm.


Emma Husband


Emma is here to pursue her life passions of fundraising. Emma has previously worked with St Columba’s fundraising team as well as embarking on many charitable volunteering experiences; from teaching English in Sri Lanka to jumping out of planes. With a background in psychology Emma understands first-hand the significance of the cause we are passionate about.

Stephen Brackenridge

Literacy through music

Steve,  did his first Rookie Rockstars week in September of 2014. He is an accomplished singer, musician, songwriter and playwright! He has performed internationally and played in bands with a variety of styles including indie, folk, soul, punk and of course, rock! He is a loveable big guy and very popular with all pupils, perhaps because of his love of robot dancing! After doing our schools programme for a few years Steve now works in schools helping pupils improve their literacy skills through song writing.