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Meet Our Team

Catherine Hearne, Chief Executive

Catherine Hearne

Catherine was delighted to join Helix Arts in January 2015. She had moved back to her native North East after graduating from Warwick University with an MA in Creative and Media Enterprise. Helix was the kind of arts organisation she wanted to run – it’s a grass roots creative business with sky high ambitions.

Catherine trained as a producer/director with the BBC in the 90s. She ran BBC London TV News, BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and then BBC Midlands between 2003 and 2013.

Catherine taught for 10 years working in Norfolk, Northumberland and Gateshead. She was one of the first Advisory Teachers for Media Education, funded by British Film Institute, producing films, radio and newspapers with schools and community groups in the North East.

Rowena On, Head of Operations

Rowena On

Rowena holds the cultural memory of Helix Arts. She has worked here since 2004 and knows everything anyone needs to know about our creative programmes developed over the last decade. She has first class organisational and IT skills, with degrees in Law and Computing Science. She worked in both the public and private sectors before joining Helix and her broad experience in industry is a great strength to the organisation.

Cheryl Gavin, Senior Project Manager

Cheryl Gavin

Cheryl describes herself as “arts bureaucrat turned creative”: her career began with the Arts Council in their Newcastle office so she knows the cultural life of the whole region inside out. She joined Helix Arts in 2014 and embodies our commitment to organised creativity. Cheryl runs a mean project file!

Cheryl has been working recently with groups in North Shields, Blakelaw, Gateshead and Northumberland with people of all ages and all abilities.

Cheryl is currently on maternity leave and we are delighted to welcome Amy Mitchell to the team.

Susie Batey, Creative Producer

Susie Batey

Susie Batey joined the creative production team at Helix Arts early 2018. She had been working at Sage Gateshead on strategy and evaluation for five years. Susie went to school in Newcastle and after graduating in English from Cambridge University she taught in the primary sector. She was a senior leader in a large school in London. Susie is lead producer on our dance and health programme with older people, Helix Arts Falling on your Feet, co-creating dance ensembles across the region. She also produces #HADADi and our current criminal justice programme.

Amy Mitchell, Senior Project Manager

Amy Mitchell

Amy has worked with diverse arts organisations across the North East of England for more than ten years. She has developed a specialism working with artists and with children and young people — she is also an experienced classroom teacher. Amy was Arts Award Regional Coordinator for the region, based in Arts Council England’s Newcastle office. She has also worked as a programme manager in arts venues. Amy's creative practice includes writing and directing for theatre, and she is fascinated by the opportunities offered by the digital arts including social media. Amy joined Helix Arts in September 2017.

Yvonne Dobson, Finance & Administration Officer

Yvonne Dobson

Yvonne supports the creative team with their budget planning and has a detailed understanding of what we can and can’t do with money entrusted to us by funders. Yvonne has good judgement and takes personal pride in ensuring we all keep an eye on every penny which is so important in a small arts organisation. Yvonne joined us in January 2007 and has a genuine commitment to the charitable purpose of Helix Arts.