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since 1983

Our Team

Scott Burrell


Scott joined Helix Arts following three years working with artists and communities in London as Curator of Youth Programmes and Head of Programme for Create London, an arts organisation dedicated to making long-term projects that are useful to society. A fellow of the Clore Social Leadership programme, Scott graduated from Northumbria University with a BA in photography. He has previously worked for Arts Council England, South London Gallery and Tyneside Cinema.

Rowena On

Head of Operations

Rowena holds the cultural memory of Helix Arts. She has worked here since 2004 and knows everything anyone needs to know about our creative programmes developed over the last decade. She has first class organisational and IT skills, with degrees in Law and Computing Science. She worked in both the public and private sectors before joining Helix and her broad experience in industry is a great strength to the organisation.

Cheryl Gavin

Senior Project Manager

Cheryl began her career with the Arts Council and joined Helix Arts in 2014 after working at an art education agency and managing the Durham Arts on Prescription service.

She leads Make it Happen, a real-world learning programme for community groups all ages and all abilities who plan, design and manage their own community change activities. She is a keen Arts Award champion, being a former trainer and a current adviser across all levels. She also produces #HADADi alongside the team. Cheryl embodies our commitment to organised creativity and runs a mean project file!

Cheryl is on the Extend Leadership programme, a professional development programme for people working in learning and education roles. She is a Trustee for Learning Disability North East.

Susie Batey

Creative Producer

Susie Batey joined the creative production team at Helix Arts early 2018. She had been working at Sage Gateshead on strategy and evaluation for five years. Susie went to school in Newcastle and after graduating in English from Cambridge University she taught in the primary sector. She was a senior leader in a large school in London. Susie is lead producer on our dance and health programme with older people, Helix Arts Falling on your Feet, co-creating dance ensembles across the region. She also produces #HADADi and our current criminal justice programme.

Yvonne Dobson

Administration & Finance Officer

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.

2nd Floor
51 Bedford Street
North Shields
NE29 0AT

Charity no. 700956
Company Reg no. 2114849

Helix Arts is a Living Wage employer

Helix Arts is an Artsmark Partner
Helix Arts is IIP Accredited

Helix Arts is an Arts Award Centre
Helix Arts is an Arts Council England NPO