Catherine was delighted to join Helix Arts in January 2015. She had moved back to her native North East after graduating from Warwick University with an MA in Creative and Media Enterprise. Helix was the kind of arts organisation she wanted to run – it’s a grass roots creative business with sky high ambitions.
Catherine trained as a producer/director with the BBC in the 90s. She ran BBC London TV News, BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and then BBC Midlands between 2003 and 2013.
Catherine taught for 10 years working in Norfolk, Northumberland and Gateshead. She was one of the first Advisory Teachers for Media Education, funded by British Film Institute, producing films, radio and newspapers with schools and community groups in the North East.
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 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 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 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.
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