Share your thoughts about our work.

Cheryl Gavin

Director, Helix Arts

Cheryl’s strong approach to cross partnership working saw the launch of Make Art Happen for Helix Arts when she joined the company in 2014.

She began her career at Arts Council, where she led on numerous initiatives including Arts Award, Artsmark and the North East Race Equality Strategy as part of the Diversity advocacy role.

As an experienced education, learning and participation specialist, she draws on experience as a Programme and Communications Director at an art education agency and strongly believes in the role of arts in health, with knowledge and skills developed whilst managing the Durham Arts on Prescription service.

Cheryl has pioneered a number of Helix Arts collaborative programmes, including Falling on your Feet and Make it Happen across the North East.

She is a keen Arts Award champion, being a former trainer and an adviser across all levels. Cheryl runs a number of the organisation’s mentoring schemes.

Cheryl became Director in 2020. She is an Engage and Common Purpose Meridian Leadership alumni and as Chair of the North Tyneside Cultural Education Partnership she has undertaken the National Cultural Education Partnership leadership programme over 2020/21.

She is currently working with Pilotlight and their business leaders to development the team’s collective aspirations for the future.

She is a proud Trustee for disability charity LD:North East and a resident of North Tyneside.

Many other things keep her busy, including running and looking after two energetic little boys alongside her sidekick Elvis the dog.


T: 020 4537 6247