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Our Team

Cheryl Gavin


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Cheryl began her career with the Arts Council and joined Helix Arts in 2014 to design and lead Make Art Happen.

This followed time as a Director at an art education agency and then managing the Durham Arts on Prescription service.

In 2020 she was appointed Director to move Helix Arts forward with verve and new ambitions.

She is an experienced Manager, with a real passion about communities being able to plan, design and manage their own community change projects across a whole range of exciting and combined artforms.

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

Cheryl is an Extend Leadership alumni and currently on Common Purpose Meridian.

She is a proud Trustee for LD:North East based in Wallsend where she lives.

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Beth Coverdale

Creative Producer

Beth Coverdale

Beth Coverdale joins us April 2020. Watch this space…

Susie Batey

Creative Producer

Susie Batey wearing a black top

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.

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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.

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Samantha Burgess

Creative Producer (Freelance)

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 tristed and respected member of our wider team. She brings great arts development experiences and unique insights as a visual artist.

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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Helix Arts is a Living Wage employer

Helix Arts is an Artsmark Partner Helix Arts is an Arts Award Centre

Helix Arts is an Arts Council England NPO