Gavin Clayton – Executive Director
Gavin Clayton has been Executive Director of Arts and Minds since 2009. Gavin is one of the founders of the National Alliance for the Arts, Health and Wellbeing and was involved in establishing the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing. Gavin has spoken about the work of Arts and Minds at conferences across the UK and Ireland and contributed to the first edition of the International Journal for Arts and Health. In 2007, Gavin was awarded a Clore Fellowship in Arts and Health (sponsored by NESTA) with his research exploring how the arts contribute to development in sub-saharan Africa.
Previous jobs include: professional care work with the elderly; Arts and Disabilities Information Officer for Cambridgeshire; Programme Development Manager for the arts and disabilities charity Cross Border Arts; founding Director of MKArts for Health (at Milton Keynes General Hospital); Development Manager for The Men’s Room in Manchester (arts, social care and criminal justice charity).
Gavin has been on the Education and Access committees of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and was a Director for the Society for Arts in Healthcare in the USA between 2008-2011. Growing up in Manchester as a family carer, Gavin studied at Dartington College of Arts and graduated with a BA (Hons) Theatre.
Phone: 07545 641 810
Katherine Meadows – Administrator/Finance Manager
Kate has worked with small arts organisations for many years and enjoys the challenges they offer. Kate particularly enjoys working with Arts and Minds as her work has constantly demonstrated how beneficial participation in arts activities is to everyone.
Phone: 01223 353 053
Jessa Leff – Arts on Prescription Project Manager
Jessa has been working as Arts on Prescription Project Manager since April 2015, having volunteered as artist/assistant in the workshops. Jessa studied Fine Art at Norwich University of the Arts and keeps doing courses to encourage herself to do more creative work, alongside working in the Arts and Minds office.
Caroline Wendling has been working as an artist facilitator for Arts and Minds since 2010, having trained as a printmaker at ESAD Strasbourg, France and Edinburgh School of Art. Caroline has a PGCE from the University of Greenwich and has worked as a lecturer and programme leader in higher and further education for over twenty years. She now teaches at West Dean College and designs bespoke education workshops for participants of all ages for the University of Cambridge Museums, in particular, the Fitzwilliam Museum, and contemporary galleries such as Wysing Arts Centre.
Caroline’s practice is multidisciplinary and focused on creating works that are fragile and transient, creating experiences and discussion as well as objects, often through an educational methodology. She likes to take her participants and audience outside the gallery, developing arts works involving movement and a poetic reading of places.
Caroline’s residencies include Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge School of Art, Deveron Arts and currently METAL in Peterborough. She is the recipient of several Arts Council Grants. With White Wood, she received a special commendation from the Saltire Society judging panel for Arts in Public Spaces 2016.
Caroline likes to work with Museum collections, she is fascinated by how objects can have transformative powers, inspire and be a vehicle for conversations and learning. Caroline says that she thrives on being able to share her passion for art and art making with participants in Arts on Prescription workshops.
Janet Barraclough is a BACP registered and accredited counsellor and psychotherapist and has worked with Arts and Minds since 2012 delivering Arts on Prescription alongside artists. Having worked in GP surgeries, for employee assistance schemes and in private practice, Janet has a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from working with people with a diverse range of issues. The use of creativity in therapy was an integral part of her training and she has developed this working with leading creative therapists and trainers, including the use of drawing, painting, sand and clay in therapy. Janet has delivered creative training workshops to therapists, and participated in a research study on the use and value of clay in therapy.
Susanne Jasilek – Artist Facilitator for Arts on Prescription
Susanne Jasilek is a skilled artist/pracititioner who has been running diverse and innovative art programmes and workshops for the past 25 years. Susanne has worked in museums and art galleries, in hospices and hospitals, schools and nurseries, as well as with Arts and Minds. Susanne was the first artist in residence at the Faculty of Education working with Masters students. One of the founding members of Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination and a former trustee, she is currently working with 3 schools on the ArtScaper programme on the new North West Cambridge Development site. In her personal art practice, Susanne is working with film and belongs to the experimental video art collective NEUF who regularly show their work and collaborate on projects. Susanne has worked with Arts and Minds since 2013 offering a creative, open, non-judgemental space for people to explore and express themselves and build new relationships through different media including photography, film, clay, paint, printing, Chinese brush painting and collage, amongst others.
Susanne is passionate and dedicated to bringing the long term transferable benefits of creative doing and thinking to as many people as possible and believes creative expression should be embedded in our culture no matter what our age profession or ability. Susanne believes that the work for Arts on Prescription, working together with a counsellor with people with anxiety and depression, has been some of the most rewarding and fulfilling work she has undertaken.
Idit Elia Nathan – Associate Artist for Arts on Prescription
Idit originally trained as a theatre designer at Wimbledon School of Art and worked with theatre and opera companies for across the UK several years. She studied for an MA in Curating at University of Essex and in 2002 with several other artists founded Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination where she was lead artist on many projects across the Eastern region till 2012. Idit currently works as a visual artist and has been artist in residence and exhibited her work in the UK, Europe and Israel Palestine. Her work is inter-disciplinary and often playful, collaborative and participatory. Since 2012 she works collaboratively with Helen Stratford as Play the City Now or Never! walking and playing in public spaces all over the UK and abroad. In 2015 they’ve developed a free downloadable Play the City App, which works in Peterborough, Southend and Cambridge. Idit joined Arts and Minds for its pilot Arts on Prescription project in 2010. For more about Idit’s arts practice visit www.iditnathan.org.uk
Bob Race – Artist Facilitator for Young People with Dementia Pottery Group
Bob Race is a trained, award-winning potter and probably the country’s most experienced practitioner in providing pottery workshops in the field of mental health. Bob is Community Artist at Fulbourn Hospital and has run workshops for those with functional dementia and early onset dementia for some 15 years. One such workshop was recognised in the 2004 Best Practice Recognition Awards. Bob is a member of a research network established by the University of Nottingham. The cover of the last Mental Health Act features a bas relief made by service-users in one of Bob’s workshops.
Anna Mumford – Project Development Manager, Arts on Prescription Children and Young People
Anna Mumford (neé Clift) first studied ‘Three-Dimensional Design, Ceramics’ at Bath Spa University College and in 2004 she trained to be a Secondary Art Teacher at the University of Exeter. Anna has taught in both Primary and Secondary education in the UK and Australia. Anna has been coordinating the ‘Art of Resilience’ extended pilot programme since we completed the initial pilot phase.
Ella Whittlestone – Project Manager, Arts on Prescription Children and Young People
Ella Whittlestone is an art educator and practitioner, interested in the relationship between drawing and the mind. After graduating from Lancaster University in 2014 with a BA Hons in Fine Art, she completed her Secondary Art PGCE at Cambridge University. Ella spent a year teaching art on the female education wing of a category B prison, and has recently led workshops in Cambridge and Vietnam, exploring the value of drawing as a means of connection and a mental health tool. Ella currently teaches A Level Art at Hills Road Sixth Form College, as well as acting as Project Manager for the ‘Art of Resilience’ programme for spring term 2018.
Sheila Ceccarelli – Artist Facilitator for pilot workshops in schools
Sheila Ceccarelli studied sculpture at Norwich School of Art and later at the Royal College of Art. In 1999 Sheila formed AccessArt – a UK charity inspiring visual arts education – with her colleague Paula Briggs. Sheila continues to co-direct AccessArt as well as leading workshops with children, teenagers and adults, including Arts and Minds workshops in schools. For more information and images of the workshops in schools that Sheila and Yael (below) facilitated for Arts and Minds: www.accessart.org.uk
Yael Pilowsky Bankirer – Therapist for pilot workshops in schools
Yael Pilowsky Bankirer has been working as psychotherapist/counsellor for the art workshops for Year 9 and 10 students that Arts and Minds have been piloting in schools in Cambridgeshire. Yael also works as a psychoanalyst in private practice just outside Cambridge, as well as offering low-cost therapy through the Clinic for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, having also trained as a doctor (MD) and a researcher (PhD) of Gender, Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis.
Anne Taylor – Conductor for Michaelhouse Chorale
Anne Taylor has conducted Michaelhouse Chorale since 2013. Anne works as a creative music leader and teacher in North Cambridge, where her passion is arranging music for all abilities to play or sing, whether in an orchestra, folk band, percussion ensemble, ukulele club, or choir. She is a specialist in Kodaly approach to learning music, which informs all her work in individual lessons or a group context. Anne teaches Kodaly Colourstrings kindergarten classes, is a keen amateur singer, accompanist and accordionist, and is Musical Director of Cambridge Youth Opera.
Sally Storr – Facilitator and Therapist for Creative Writing
Sally Storr has been working with a creative writing group at Arts and Minds since April 2016. Sally is a psychological counsellor by profession and has always loved creative writing herself; she finds it is a powerful therapeutic tool as well as providing space for expressing thoughts and feelings. There is more on Sally’s practice here: www.blueskyreflections.com
Kathy McVittie – Writer/Facilitator for Creative Writing
Kathy McVittie is a biologist, teacher, and poet. For over thirty years she has used free-flow writing (and gardening, and embodied movement practice) to sustain wellbeing. If forced to flee with only one thing to hand, her tool of choice would be a pencil (although ‘trowel’ comes a close second). She has shepherded writing groups since 2015, and joined Arts and Minds in 2017. Her blog is at: www.writingpresence.wordpress.com
Lida Efstathopoulou – Researcher
Lida Efstathopoulou is a Researcher at Arts and Minds and a PhD candidate in the Department of Public Health, Anglia Ruskin University. Lida’s main research interest is in organisational learning and knowledge management in non-profit environments, with a special focus on organisations that provide youth mental health services. Prior to this, she worked in several non-profit organisations focusing on mental health, human rights and humanitarian aid in the Netherlands and Greece. Lida’s main responsibilities included project design and management, partnerships’ development and communication. Lida holds a Masters in Creative and Media Enterprises from the University of Warwick (United Kingdom) and a Bachelors in Sociology from Panteion University (Greece). Lida’s work for Arts and Minds mainly focuses on ethics, research design and service evaluation.
Susan Potter – Arts on Prescription Research Consultant
Susan Potter has a background in creative and cultural learning, with over 25 years’ experience working with museums, galleries and arts organisations across the UK. Susan has acted as professional mentor to the Enquire Artist Bursary Programme and contributed chapters to ‘The Responsive Museum: Working with Audiences in the 21st Century’ and the ‘ENGAGE: Arts and Healthcare’ journal. Susan’s current research is focused on the psychology of participating in the arts, with its specific impacts upon individual mental health and wellbeing. Recent arts and health evaluation studies include: ‘Step Up’ delivered by Pallant House Gallery to adults with mental health issues; Relaxed Performance delivered by SOLT/TMA to families with experience of autism; InMind, delivered by the Royal Academy to adults with dementia and similarly, Portals to the World delivered by the Fitzwilliam Museum. Susan is presently Research Consultant with Arts and Minds, while she continues in the role of independent evaluator with Outside In (2015-2018) as it extends across the UK and Europe.
Helen McCallum – Chair
Helen McCallum has held many senior roles in her professional career including Director General of Consumers International, Director of Policy and Communications at Which?, Director of Corporate Affairs at Environment Agency and Director of Communications for the Department of Health. Recently retired, Helen has a passion for theatrical directing and performance. As Chair of the Trustees, Helen has been supporting the development of a communications strategy for Arts and Minds and event planning.
Richard Taylor – Deputy Chair
Richard Taylor recently retired as Director of the Eastern Regional Development Centre of the Care Services Improvement Partnership, a national advisory and support service whose purpose is to improve service users’ and carers’ experience and promote as much independence and fulfilment as possible. Past roles have included Chief Executive of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and the Cambridge Community NHS Trust. Richard has sought actively to promote the role of the creative arts and to support service user access to them in all these roles.
Christina Rowland-Jones MBE
Christina is a retired NHS administrator and part-time children’s music teacher, as well as carer. Mental Health Act ‘Associate Manager’. 1999-2009 Chair of Friends of Fulbourn Hospital & the Community, and initiator of their Millennium Arts Project. In 2009, Christina received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Trust, and a Special Commendation in the 2009 Royal Society of Public Health ‘Arts and Health’ Awards, and in 2010, Christina was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to mental health care in Cambridgeshire.
Retired County Planner in local government with a particular interest in strategic land-use planning. This interest has continued into retirement through his involvement locally in environment and sustainability matters. He has served as a trustee and director of the local Wildlife Trust and currently chairs a charity delivering services to children and families experiencing challenging situations across East Anglia. He is also active in a number of community groups in the village where he lives close to Cambridge. He has had a lifelong interest in the arts and sees his involvement as a contribution to the wider local community.
Dr Hilary Bungay
Although Hilary has worked on a number of different research projects, Hilary’s main research interests are the care of older people, and the potential impact on health and wellbeing of participating in the arts. In 2006 Hilary was seconded two days a week into the Sidney de Haan research centre for arts and health, where she was an active member of the research team involved in a number of projects including: evaluating the impact of singing on the health and well-being of older people, and a feasibility assessment of the effectiveness of participating in creative activities on the health and wellbeing of children and young people. Hilary joined the Allied Health & Medicine Department at Anglia Ruskin University in November 2011 and as a member of the inter professional learning programmed team contributes to the Masters Framework in the Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education.
Jane Gaskell retired from a career in high-profile event management and charity fundraising to care for her elderly mother with dementia until her demise. Jane has a preference for working with small and/or emerging charities to help raise their profile and much needed funding for their cause. Reason: they appreciate the value of money donated to their cause and invest it wisely on their beneficiaries! Jane has a lifelong interest in Arab horses and the arts – animals and art both provide excellent benefits to the wellbeing of people of all ages.
Stephen Howarth – Treasurer
Stephen’s work at County Council level means we get expert financial advice and oversight which helps us to steer a course through some very choppy financial waters for the charity sector.
Dr Peter Bailey – GP Ambassador for Arts on Prescription
Dr Peter Bailey was the founding GP at the Monkfield Medical Practice in the new development to the west of Cambridge called Cambourne. Peter has a particular interest in patient narrative and was supportive from the outset of the Arts on Prescription development. Since stepping down as a practice partner he has been working closely with staff at Arts and Minds to explore potential for development of Arts on Prescription locally and in particular to refine and explore the detail of the research methodologies and outputs.
Dr Mervyn London – Research Advisor
Dr Mervyn London was a Consultant Psychiatrist in Cambridge from 1989 to 2008 when he had to retire early on health grounds. Mervyn provided general adult psychiatric care to the people around Ely, through a well developed Community Health Team that provided continuity of care from community to inpatient ward and included close relationships with local GPs. Mervyn was a leading advocate of this model which has since been abandoned by the Trust. Mervyn also developed the Addiction Services in Cambridge, creating a multidisciplinary team working across drug and alcohol problems and mental illness. As part of a strategy to support vulnerable alcoholic addicts, a pharmacy was established on the NHS site to increase contact, CPNs carried out home visits and inpatient detoxification took place in Fulbourn Hospital. Once again all changed when the service left the NHS. Throughout Mervyn’s career, his research focused on service development and he was an active member of two European Psychiatric Bodies. Since Mervyn’s retirement he has had time to develop his interest in art and etching.
Claire Adams – Website Design & Support
Without Claire’s input we simply would not have a website. Her skills really are invaluable. All the work she delivers for Arts and Minds is done on a voluntary basis amidst a very busy schedule working for Cambridge University.
Kevin Hall – Volunteer Ambassador for Arts on Prescription
Kevin Hall has been volunteering as an ambassador with Arts on Prescription workshops, having enjoyed his experience as a participant. Kev has also been volunteering at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge and enjoys mountain biking.
Sophie Lightfoot – Events Coordinator
Sophie Lightfoot studied Knitted Textile Design at the University of Brighton and followed this with a Masters in Communication Design: Illustration at Kingston University. Sophie has a particular interest in the therapeutic use of crafts and creativity. Sophie has volunteered with Arts on Prescription, Creative Writing sessions and as part of the team that has coordinated Arts and Minds events in October 2016 and October 2017.
Giulia Nicolini – Newsletter Design
Giulia Nicolini is a postgraduate student in Anthropology of Food at SOAS in London. Giulia is responsible for designing and editing the quarterly newsletter for Arts and Minds.
Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn
One of the country’s leading archaeologists, with a distinguished academic career, including Chairs at Sheffield and Southampton. Appointed Disney Professor of Archaeology in the University of Cambridge in 1981, a post held until retirement in 2004. Master of Jesus College from 1986 until 1997. Life Peer 1991. Many learned publications and honorary awards. Has a great interest in the arts.
Professor Michael Thorne became Vice-Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University in 2007, and was previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of East London from 2001. He has a first-class honours degree in Pure Mathematics and a PhD in Computational Group Theory. Mike is the author, co-author and editor of a large number of books and academic papers, and has contributed to many television and radio programmes, as well as being in high demand as a speaker. He is the chairman of the Parliamentary Skills Commission’s enquiry into Information, Advice and Guidance; on the Board of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education, and chairs the Government’s Advisory Committee on Libraries. In his spare time he conducts Wagner operas and other large-scale musical works, and hopes to put on and conduct an opera every year at Anglia Ruskin.
Born and educated in Cambridge. An actor and theatre director, in 1983 he co-founded the UK-based Theatre de Complicite, and is its artistic director. Has a profound interest in the link between mental health and the arts, which has formed the basis of several of his recent pieces. He was recently awarded an OBE.
Patron of the Michaelhouse Chorale
A distinguished soprano, Jill hails from Trinidad and studied in London and Rome. Her international career as a concert and opera singer was launched at Glyndebourne, and she has since appeared worldwide in leading opera houses and concert halls, in repertory from Monteverdi, Handel, Haydn and Mozart, to Britten Tippett, Stravinsky and Adès. As a recitalist she is especially celebrated in French and Spanish song, and many of her recordings, such as Songs of the Auvergne, have won coveted prizes. Jill believes passionately that everyone can and should sing, and that through singing they can discover their creative energies and wholeness of body, mind and spirit. Jill frequently gives up time to join the members of the Michaelhouse Chorale at their weekly singing workshops.
Professor German Berrios
Prof German Berrios was emerited from the Cambridge University Chair of the Epistemology of Psychiatry in 2007. Until his retirement he was also Honorary Consultant Neuropsychiatrist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He read Psychology & Philosophy at Oxford University and trained in Neurology and Psychiatry at the Oxford United Hospitals. As well as his academic and clinical roles, he has been Honorary Librarian at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, chaired for 20 years the Cambridge Research and Ethics Committees, held visiting Professorships at more than ten foreign Universities, and been awarded doctorates honoris causa by the Universities of Heidelberg (Germany) and San Marcos (Peru). He is a Life Fellow of Robinson College (Cambridge) and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has published 14 books and more than 400 papers and book chapters on the clinical aspects of Neuropsychiatry and on the epistemology and history of descriptive psychopathology.
The Rt Revd Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely
The Rt Revd Stephen Conway was installed as 69th Bishop of Ely in March 2011. He read Modern History at Keble College, Oxford, the first graduate in his family, and then after discovering that he was called to the priesthood was subsequently selected for ordination training. First, however, he trained as a teacher and taught History and English before entering Westcott House in Cambridge. Bishop Stephen is committed to being a bishop for the whole Church, which entails not only pastoral care and a role in its governance, but a deep concern for its community and political engagement. He has been actively involved in developing links with a wide range of Churches overseas. Closer to home he has a special interest in mental health, and is the Anglican Bishop accompanying the L’Arche Community in the UK, which provides accommodation and support to people with learning disabilities under the inspiration of the legendary Jean Vanier.