The WAHWN Steering Group
With a deep rooted belief in access to, and benefits of arts and creativity for all, Heather is also passionate about the power of the environment to enhance wellbeing. This drives the many strands of her professional life.
Heather’s engagement in the field of Arts and Health is longstanding, consistently ‘In Residence’ since 1990, initially with Llandough Hospital NHS Trust, followed by Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust, arriving at Cwm Taf Health Board in 2002. Within Cwm Taf, her role has evolved, extending from engagement in the making of art in the environment, to commissioning artworks, developing strategy and coordinating exhibition and performance programmes. In 2008, Heather became lecturer on MA Arts, Health and Wellbeing at the University of South Wales and in 2016, was appointed Capital Arts Manager for ABMU Health Board. In this role, Heather commissions artworks as part of Capital building schemes.
As a practicing visual artist, Heather has exhibited widely in Britain and abroad. Since 1999 in the field of public art, she has worked on many regeneration schemes in Wales and England, including several new hospitals.
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.