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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.




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 

"I am passionate about the need for caring and healing to reclaim their rightful positions as key elements within health care.  I believe that the dominance of the biomedical, materialistic, reductionist paradigm within modern medicine, driven largely by the financial greed of the pharmaceutical and medical device companies, has led to most of us believing that technology can cure all our ills.  It cannot.  It works well for many acute medical problems (blocked tubes, broken bones, some infections) but the current model does not work for chronic disease and ‘dis-ease’ (particularly chronic pain and the so-called ‘mental health disorders’) all of which are increasing alarmingly in frequency.

Healing means regaining your integrity and wholeness, and being able to function well in spite of health problems (flourishing).  Essential elements on the path to healing are making connections with other living things (often fellow humans), and reframing your problems to provide them with new meaning.  To be able to connect and reframe our problems, we need to feel safe and to trust others.

Art and creative activities allow us to make new connections, and to find new meaning in safe environments - to change our narratives of ourselves and our place in the world, thus facilitating the healing process.  And art and creative practices are very individual issues - for some it will be music, for others poetry, and so on.  Furthermore, we need to distinguish between active and passive involvement in the arts - between ‘seeing/hearing’ and ‘doing’.

For me, passive arts involvement is about going to the theatre and museums, listening to music and reading novels. Active involvement includes writing stories and carving wood.

When I was suffering from PTSD, following being held hostage in Kuwait and Iraq for 5 months, my healing journey was dependent on three things: 1) The love and support of family and friends, 2) Being in natural spaces (the beautiful English countryside and the sea), where I could feel safe and know that I was part of something bigger (and that I could ‘connect’). 3) Art - going to live theatre performances, listening to music, and reading and writing stories to make sense of what had happened to me, and carving wood.  So art was a major part of my recovery, and biomedicine did not contribute."



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. 


Bill Boa (Treasurer)

Bill  is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. BB was a Director of Finance in the NHS for 25 years and over the last 5 years has operated as an interim Director of Finance in NHS and Private Companies. He has most recently been interim Chief Financial Officer of organisations including Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, Cambridge University Hospitals Trust and currently Barts Health Trust.


Gillian Taylor 

(Biography will follow shortly)







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