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Sue Isherwood

 


Sue runs an independent cultural consultancy –C3, specialising in strategy development, leading change and facilitation for problem solving across the culture and voluntary sectors.
 For 11 years she worked in local government, developing cultural strategy and delivering major programmes around creative industries, arts education and rural regeneration. 
She is currently managing Leading Learning, a leadership programme for senior culture and leisure services officers on behalf of the National Culture Forum.
From 2002 to 2007 she was Chair and Strategic Lead for the National Association of Local Government Arts Officers (nalgao – now Arts Development UK).  Before that she worked mainly at national level for such organisations as The Arts Council, The British Film Institute and the Royal Photographic Society
Since the mid 70’s she has taught on cultural and women’s studies and arts policy courses at a number of universities and has managed arts organisations in the literature, media and education sectors.
She is particularly passionate about getting people to participate in any way that works for them. For herself she plays the piano (not for public consumption), cooks, keeps chickens and bees, takes photographs and is a village hall promoter.
She is also a board member of Western Community Leisure and several small media, social interest and women’s health organisations in the South West.
She is proud to have become Chair of Art and Health South West at their AGM in November 2011 at a very exciting time in their development.

 

 

 

Sarah Cobley




Sarah is a Freelance Arts Manager, since 2011 she has supported a number of organisations including Magpie Dance, B Sharp, Dance in Devon and Organic Arts with fundraising, marketing, project management and business development. Before embarking with a freelance career Sarah was the Regional Strategic Director at Dance South West where she led on region wide projects for young people, dance and health and the Cultural Olympiad. Previously, Sarah spent five years with Attik Dance as their Business Manager, was the Commercial Manager for an Educational Consultancy and has set and run her own production company. She is currently Chair of Plymouth Dance, which recently hosted the National Youth Dance Festival and on the board of Trustees for Storybook Dads.

 

  

 

Philippa Forsey



Philippa Forsey joined Creativity Works in 2004 and is responsible for arts project management across community and wellbeing programmes. Working alongside health teams, arts organisations, education, artists and community she develops inclusive creative programmes, consultation and evaluation linked to community and wellbeing outcomes and progression.

During 2009 - 2010 Philippa developed the Bath and North East Somerset Wellbeing and Arts partnership furthering a joined up response to local and national health and wellbeing agendas.

Philippa trained in art and design and has facilitated creative sessions since 2002. For many years she has contributed to an educational action research project in early years with 5x5x5 = Creativity, mentoring artists and ensuring quality outcomes. She works as a freelance consultant on a range of creative projects bringing together arts and wellbeing agendas. Personal development in arts and health led to training with Attik Dance, Insider Arts, Open To All and Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment which influences her approach. She is also a fully trained yoga teacher which brings a holistic vision to her practice.

 

  

 

Paul Dieppe 

Paul Dieppe 

Paul qualified as a doctor in London in 1970 and specialised in rheumatology. He became ARC professor of rheumatology in Bristol in 1987, and then Dean of the Bristol Faculty of Medicine between 1994 and 1997. He then switched to health services research and was the Director of the MRC Health Services Research Collaboration between 1997 and 2007. After that he spent a short time at the University of Exeter before moving to the Peninsular Medical School to work in clinical education research.

With the formation of the new Exeter Medical School, Paul then took on the new role of Professor of Health and Wellbeing, and is working on setting up a network of people in and around Exeter with academic interests in health and wellbeing. He is also doing a part-time PhD on healing.

 

 

We have recently appointed 4 new trustees:

 

Louise Younie

Louise Younie

Louise is a practicing General Practitioner and Clinical Senior Lecturer at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, responsible for Quality and Innovation within the Community Based Medical Education team. Louise is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol medical school where she continues to engage medical students in arts-based inquiry opportunities.

She embraces the arts both within her clinical and educational practice, for example inviting an artist and poet to work with her patients in series of creative workshops over a four-year period as well as engaging the arts educationally to stimulate dialogue, reflection and collaborative learning with medical students and doctors. Through her masters and doctoral research the arts have been found an excellent vehicle for student-centred transformative learning, practitioner development, engagement with patient lived experience and student voice.

Louise is co-director for the creative-reflective medical student website collection www.outofourheads.net

 

Kevin Elliston

Kevin Elliston

Kevin has worked in the public sector for over 35 years, including NHS secondary care/Health Authorities/PCT, Local Government and latterly the Civil Service. The majority of Kevin's public sector career has been focused on health improvement and public health; Kevin is currently a Deputy Director in Public Health England SW with the portfolio lead for Health and Wellbeing.

 

Mary Chamberlain

Mary Chamberlain

Mary is a qualified Art Therapist and Artist with 19 years experience working using art to enable and empower vulnerable children, young people, adults and older people as individuals or in group settings.  Her experience includes work within the NHS, Modern Art Oxford as their first Associate Artist, Support a Survivor of Torture and the Helen Bamber Foundation.  She also has 17 years experience working in fundraising as a Development Professional.  Organisations she has worked with include Design Museum, Roundhouse, Human Rights Watch, Rambert, English National Ballet School, Dance Umbrella and Modern Art Oxford.

In her current work as a Creative Art Practitioner with St George’s and Queen Mary’s Hospitals London Mary uses art with patients on the neuro-rehabilitation wards.  Since moving to Oxford 3 years ago, she set up and established a new art group for refugees and asylum seekers - Making Space Safe.  This is a pilot project with Modern Art Oxford and external partners and referring agencies.  As Creative Art Practitioner, she also runs Art Groups with a small London-based charity, Support a Survivor of Torture, which provides practical help and support to survivors of torture and sexual violence from Sri Lanka, seeking asylum in the UK.  Previously at the Helen Bamber Foundation, she led the weekly art group for 6 years working as a volunteer with refugees and asylum seekers.  During that time she also created and managed relationships for the group with Tate Modern, Kew Gardens and the British Museum. 

 

Amanda Colbourne

Amanda Colbourne

Amanda's main expertise is in creative learning, participation/social engagement and evaluation for the arts and cultural sector. She is passionate about widening opportunity and access to arts and creative experiences for everyone, in particular children and young people. She works with galleries, museums, arts organisations and individual artists to help them develop and thrive so that they can continue to help people learn, create and connect.

Before Amanda became a consultant and lecturer, she was head of Outreach and Learning at Artes Mundi, the international contemporary art prize and biennial exhibition.

She has also worked with Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, Arts Council England and was Programme Manager for Creative Partnerships, an international leader in bringing arts, culture and creative approaches into the classroom.

She has extensive experience of leading international partnerships, and has devised and run cultural programmes with partners in Finland, Norway, China and Uganda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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