Board and staff

A picture of the new Board Designate for the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance
Ellie Grace Photography


Our Board of Directors is Rosie Dow (Y Lab/Nesta); Ben Pearce (West Horsley Place); Deborah Munt (Ministry of Others); Thanh Sinden (Thanh Sinden Consulting); Trishna Nath (Nesta) and Esmé Ward (Manchester Museum) – who is our Chair. (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 two members of staff: an Executive Director and a part-time Coordinator.

a portrait of Victroia Hume
Ellie Grace Photography

Victoria Hume
Executive Director

Victoria Hume is Director of the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance. She is a composer, researcher and project manager specialising in culture, health and wellbeing, and was an arts manager for the NHS for 15 years. Victoria also worked in South Africa for some years, establishing a module in hospital-based performance for the University of the Witwatersrand and receiving a distinction for a Masters in Music and Health Communication focused on hospital-induced delirium. She is a Research Associate in the Medical Humanities at WiSER (Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research), working with the Medical & Health Humanities Africa Network. She continues to write and release music through Lost Map Records, based on Eigg.

a portrait of Hayley Youell
Ellie Grace Photography

Hayley Youell

Hayley 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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Find out more about our strategic alliance members and strategic alliance partners


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.