Board and staff

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Our Board of Directors is Angela Awuah (Mental Health the Arts), Rosie Dow (UCL); Deborah Munt (Ministry of Others); Thanh Sinden (Thanh Sinden Consulting / Founder & Director, Hoa Lotus); Trishna Nath (UnLtd), Matt Walsh and Esmé Ward (Manchester Museum) – Matt and Esmé are our Co-Chairs. (You can read a short interview with each of them by clicking the links on their names.)

Please get in touch if you would like to know more.


Lord Howarth of Newport is president of the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance. Lord Howarth co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health & Wellbeing and has been a committed and inspiring advocate for and supporter of culture, health and wellbeing for many years.


The Alliance has five members of staff: an Executive Director, a full-time Coordinator (maternity cover), a Northern Lead and an Administrator.


Hayley Youell
(Currently on Maternity Leave)

Hayley (on the left) is a creative collaborator and musician based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, and a passionate and experienced practitioner who has worked across sectors and communities to make things happen; be it a pop-up event on the streets of Barnsley, a takeover at the National Museum Conference or the development of an award-winning multi-strand partnership programme bringing the arts, health and cultural sectors together.

Responding to the needs of her local community, Hayley co-founded a grassroots, people-led charity, Creative Recovery that uses creativity to support recovery, boost wellbeing and bring about social change. With over 10 years’ experience of developing and delivering arts for health interventions within acute mental health settings, prisons and museums, Hayley has expertise and a deep understanding of the challenges that face the sector and the impact of this work.

Her new role with the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance aligns with the vision and values that drive her to work to make the transformative power of creativity and culture accessible for all.

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Victoria Hume
Executive Director

Victoria Hume is Director of the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance.

Victoria (on the right in the picture) was an arts manager in the NHS for 15 years before pursuing arts in health in South Africa for 5 years, including setting up a new module in hospital-based performance for the University of the Witwatersrand and managing a three-year, Wellcome-funded drama and diabetes programme with Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. She is also a composer and researcher specialising in culture, health and wellbeing, and has a Masters in Music and Health Communication focused on hospital-induced delirium. She continues to write and release music through Lost Map Records, based on Eigg.

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Fiona Moon
Coordinator (Maternity Cover)

Fiona Moon is an arts facilitator, manager and writer with a background in theatre and a Masters from CSSD. Her passions within creative health are particularly around mental health and wellbeing, arts inclusion and arts for social mobility/ impact. Her writing spans from naturalistic plays to nonsense poetry, and has been shortlisted for various writing awards. She is also a keen walker/proud campervan owner, and tries to spend as much time as possible in nature. She is in the process of applying for a PhD in Creative Writing, looking at trauma informed facilitation within community settings.

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Rachel Massey
North Regional Lead

Rachel has over 20 years’ experience of working in Creative Health as an artist, project coordinator and consultant. Her work in the culture sector includes four years leading Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Art and Wellbeing programme and two years coordinating a county-wide creative health programme for Arts Derbyshire. She also worked for six months in the health sector as a manager at Live Well Wakefield, a large-scale social prescribing programme.

In May 2023 she took a part time role with Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance as their Northern Lead. She also leads Other Ways to Walk, which she founded in 2016 to help people connect with nature using creative & mindful approaches. Her practice is diverse & includes visual art, podcasts, writing & inter-disciplinary collaboration with scientists/researchers/ecologists/medical herbalists. Her latest project is Nature Fix – an online membership platform for people to connect with nature.

Rachel is a qualified Mindfulness Instructor, Mental Health First Aider, Walking for Health Leader and Forest Bathing Guide.  

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Kheyla Anderson

Kheyla has always had an invested interest in the wellbeing of others. Following the birth of her son in 2014, she founded Mother Nature’s Recipes, a company that focuses on making room for the necessity of self-care and community in motherhood from a holistic perspective. She also co-founds Birthing In Colour, a charitable organisation that creates safe spaces online for black and brown birthing bodies and is qualified as a Peer Supporter for the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers.

Find out more about our regional champions

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The Alliance was brought into being thanks to the support of Arts & Health South West, who hosted the organisation, applied for and held its funding, and provided governance through the Arts & Health Southwest board from 2017-2019.