The WAHWN Steering Group
Claire Cressey, Director, Live Music Now Wales:
Claire has worked in the arts and charity sectors for over 20 years specialising in bringing outstanding live music opportunities to community audiences and socially excluded groups of all ages.
She has led the work of LMN across every one of the 22 counties in Wales for the past four years, doubling the output of concerts during this time to well over 500 nationally. Live Music Now (LMN) is a national charity, created by Yehudi Menuhin in 1977, and the foremost musicians development charity in the UK, training exceptional early career musicians in all genres to provide high-quality music experiences for people with limited access to the arts, due to disability, illness or social disadvantage. Participants benefit from the amazing therapeutic, social and emotional benefits of engaging with live music – an experience that transforms and enriches lives. LMN's work focuses on two main areas:
- Health & Wellbeing: particularly older people, including those living with dementia and mental illness
- Children & Young people in disadvantage, especially Special Educational Needs and Disability
Previously Claire spent 7 years as Community Producer for Welsh National Opera where she devised and delivered 'Street Songs', an innovative programme of song writing projects and performances across the South Wales Valleys and Wrexham county including 'Nine Stories High', a live/filmed monthly soap opera for the streets of Wrexham, and 'Singing Doctors', a year-long residency at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. Claire also produced the world premiere of Errollyn Wallen's Carbon 12: A Choral Symphony with over 250 community and professional performers and the community oratoria 'The Journey' by Alan Harris (Librettist) and Richard Barnard (Composer).
As Assistant Director for Artswork, the national youth arts development agency, Claire established and led on the development and delivery of the first English national Youth Arts Network (ENYAN) as well as Artsplan - the UK leader in youth arts professional development. She also founded Wave Project Cymru in South Wales- a not-for profit using surfing to benefit the lives of disadvantaged children and young people living with or at risk of mental and emotional health issues.
Claire Cressey, Director, Live Music Now Wales: Claire has worked in the arts and charity sectors for over 20 years specialising in bringing outstanding live music opportunities to community audiences and socially excluded groups of all ages.
Justine Wheatley is Chief Executive of Peak, an arts organisation that works with professional artists and rural communities, responding to its Black Mountains location, focused on participation for children and young people.
Prue Thimbleby is a willow artist and digital story facilitator. She has over 20 years of experience in delivering and managing participatory Arts projects. In 2012 she was appointed as Art Co-ordinator for ABMU Health Board.
Siân Fitzgerald is the Community Arts Development Officer for Denbighshire County Council and currently sits on the North Wales Arts, Health and Well-being Steering Committee.
Wendy Keay-Bright is Professor of Technology and Inclusion, and Director of the Centre for Applied Research in Inclusive Arts and Design (CARIAD) at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Dr Gill Windle
Gill is a social scientist with a background in psychology working across disciplinary boundaries. Her research combines arts, science and public engagement to investigate health, well-being, creativity and resilience in later life.
Executive Director, Theatr Clwyd. Liam currently sits on the North Wales Arts, Health and Wellbeing Steering Committee and is a trustee for Tutti Frutti Theatre Company and Creu Cymru.
Carol Hiles is Academic Subject Manager for Photography and Art and Course Leader for MA Arts Practice Arts Health and Wellbeing and MA Arts Practice Fine Art at the University of South Wales.
Alex Bowen is a Director of Breathe Creative, http://breathecreative.co.uk , a small, experienced and dedicated team of professionals based in Wales with a wealth of experience in artistic, community, educational, counselling and clinical settings. Breathe Creative offers person centred creativity for wellbeing using arts, mindfulness and relaxation in training courses, projects, mentoring, consultancy and research.
CHRIS RYAN has been Director of Arts Care Gofal Celf (ACGC) for the last 18 years. ACGC was founded in 1987 and delivers a range of arts, health and wellbeing programmes, primarily across West Wales.
Dr Catrin Hedd Jones
A Chartered Psychologist who has worked in the Dementia Services Development Centre since 2012. Catrin is a bilingual lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at Bangor University and is passionate about researching and listening to the lived experience of people living with dementia.
Emily Underwood-Lee is Research Fellow at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling. She teaches at both undergraduate and post-graduate level at the University of South Wales and leads on a number of research and public engagement projects. She has published extensively on storytelling for health and performance and the maternal.