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Our Team

Cheryl Gavin


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Cheryl is passionate about communities and artists taking the lead and making sure they are provided with support to make effective local change happen in their neighbourhoods.

Cheryl’s strong approach to cross partnership working saw the launch of Make Art Happen for Helix Arts when she joined the company in 2014.

She began her career at Arts Council, leaving as a Development officer (Diversity), where she led on the North East Race Equality strategy and Decibel.

As an experienced education, learning and participation specialist, she draws on experience as a Programme and Communcations Director at an art education agency and strongly believes in the role of arts in health, with knoweldge and skills developed whilst managing the Durham Arts on Prescription service.

Cheryl has pioneered a number of Helix Arts collabortive programmes, including Falling on your Feet pilot and Make it Happen across the North East.

She is a keen Arts Award champion, being a former trainer and a current adviser across all levels.

Cheryl became Director in 2020. She is an Engage (Extend) Leadership alumni and currently on the Common Purpose Meridian programme. She is a proud Trustee for LD:North East based in North Tyneside.

E: [email protected] M: 07988 213110 or 07976240570

Beth Coverdale

Creative Producer

Beth Coverdale

Beth joined Helix Arts team in 2020 bringing fresh ideas and perspectives.

She brings extensive experience and skills as a participation producer and community arts practitioner, drawing from varied roles within Seven Stories.

Beginning her career leading and writing for youth theatre, later she moved into wider theatre-making and co-founding a theatre collective.

She brings a background working with a variety of our priority groups, including hospices, schools, mental health & youth justice.

She has a passion for access, representation, co-creation & using the arts to drive social change.

E: [email protected] M: 07988 115427

Yvonne Dobson

Administration & Finance Officer

Yvonne Dobson wearing a green and white striped top

Yvonne supports the creative team with their budget planning and has a detailed understanding of what we can and can’t do with money entrusted to us by funders. Yvonne has good judgement and takes personal pride in ensuring we all keep an eye on every penny which is so important in a small arts organisation. Yvonne joined us in January 2007 and has a genuine commitment to the charitable purpose of Helix Arts.

E: [email protected] T: 07988 511 395

Samantha Burgess

Creative Producer

Sam Burgess

Sam has many years experience working with Helix Arts across a range of programmes, including Falling on your Feet and Make it Happen.

She always hits the ground running, a trusted and respected member of ourteam.

She brings great arts development experiences and unique insights as a visual artist.

E: [email protected]

T: 07988 072993

Sarah Hudson

Creative Producer (Freelance)

Sarah Hudson

Sarah has worked in the arts sector for over 20 years.

Starting out in Local Authority Arts Development and Regeneration departments she moved to working freelance in the arts.

Clients include Arts Council England, Dance City, Northumberland County Council, November Club, individual artists and many more.

Sarah is a specialist in production, devising and developing arts projects across all specialisms in both professional and community settings.

Her passion lies in participatory arts programmes that can influence communities and touch the lives of individuals within them!

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51 Bedford Street
North Shields
NE29 0AT

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Company Reg no. 2114849

Helix Arts is an Artsmark Partner

Helix Arts is an Arts Award Centre

Helix Arts is an Arts Council England NPO