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AHSW Trustees

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

Kevin Elliston

Mary Chamberlain

Amanda Colbourne


Their biographies will be included here in the next few months.




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