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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 and a resident of North Tyneside. Many other things keep her busy, including running around after two energetic little boys.

E: [email protected] M: 07976240570

Stephen Pritchard

Business Development Manager

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Stephen cares about our everyday cultures and the role that art and artists can play in changing people’s lives, developing communities, and enacting social change.

Stephen has worked as an arts professional since 2007, having spent sixteen years working as a senior manager in the fashion business and as a Director at Dot to Dot Active Arts .

He has worked with Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations, Creative People and Places programmes, and Great Place projects. He is also a community artist, creative producer, academic and published writer and filmmaker. He has a strong track record of working with people considered to be “difficult to engage” and “hard to reach.”

Stephen integrates his strategic and tactical business experience and his academic research to look for ways to do things differently and make things happen. He believes in cultural democracy, cultural development, and community development.

Stephen joined Helix in December 2020.

E: [email protected] T: 07988 213110

Yvonne Dobson

Finance Officer

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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 great judgement and insight. She 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 of community change as a local to North Tyneside.

E: [email protected] T: 07988 511 395

Sam Burgess

Senior Producer

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Sam joined the team in 2020 bringing with her a wealth of experience drawing on her work across the region. Originally at Red Nile and Arts Council England.

Then she worked in Northumberland County Council’s Arts Development Team where she led a number of initiaitve including Arts Award as a trainer and advisor.

Sam has also had a varied freelance career as a Creative Producer and Visual Artist.

Sam’s passion lies in supporting individuals and communities to make positive changes in their lives through engaging in quality arts experiences. She is an advocate for co-creating projects with communities and has a specific passion for developing Arts and Mental Health programmes.

E: [email protected] T: 07988 072993

Elizabeth Kane

Creative Producer

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Elizabeth is an artist, educator and freelance creative producer. She loves animals, jigsaws, eating out, the sea and spending time with friends and family.

We welcome her to our team in December 2020 to lead on our work with Edberts House projects. Elizabeth will work with the team and community at Edbert’s House on a creative ‘Make It Happen’ programme focused on developing people’s confidence and skills to make a positive impact in the area.

She shares “Everyone is an artist and there is power in doing creative things together. Whether a project is about improving peoples wellbeing or developing their skills and confidence embarking on a creative journey is always exciting and valuable to individuals and groups.”

For over a decade she has worked in the arts working in cultural venues and community settings. Elizabeth ran creative projects with children and young people from 5 to 25 and their families.

Elizabeth is an Arts Award Adviser at across levels Discover to Silver level. She also worked with Culture Bridge North East on their Strategic Arts Award Support Programme for cultural venues.

Rachel Snape

Creative Producer

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Rachel Hamer

Creative Producer

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Rachel is a freelance project manager, producer, facilitator and folk singer.

Over the last 7 years Rachel has worked on projects and large-scale events in organisations across Sunderland, Gateshead and Newcastle developing and delivering on arts, culture and health and wellbeing projects whilst developing her work with young people and delivering Arts Award.

Rachel believes in meaningful ambitious opportunities for young people and communities to take a lead to share their wonderful ideas and make a difference to the world around them whilst developing their own skills.

Rachel feels honoured and excited to be joining the Helix team after working with them on a project last year and really respecting the brilliant work they do.

Rachel will work on the upcoming project in partnership with Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland for young people in North Tyneside.

David Brookbanks

Communications & PR (Freelance)

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An industry accredited Marketing and PR professional David has worked in both agency and in-house roles for a range of clients including Theatre Royal Newcastle, VisitBritain/VisitEngland and The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic games (LOCOG) delivering campaigns as diverse as the World Shakespeare Festival, England 2018 World Cup Bid and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

David brings his in-depth knowledge of the cultural/arts and leisure tourism sectors to Helix Arts communications.

David founded Communications and Public Relations consultancy, Ludlow Street (www.LudlowStreet.co.uk).

He has supported Helix Arts communications, marketing and PR since 2017.

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