The Board

Chair – Andrew Potter
It is with great sadness that we report the death of LAHF’s Chair of Trustees, Andrew Potter. Andrew joined the LAHF board in June 2011 and very quickly made a hugely positive impact on the organisation’s structure and governance. In 2012 he became our first Treasurer and in May 2013 he was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees. His death on 18 February comes as a shock to all the LAHF board and we would like to send our deepest condolences to Andrew’s family and friends.

Andrew spent his professional life in music and publishing and was a lifelong singer and choral director. He was responsible for establishing the Association of British Choral Directors and, before joining LAHF, had been Chair of Making Music and of the Performing Rights Society. He brought a bright and inquisitive intelligence to his involvement with LAHF, encouraging us to question how we did what we did and gently leading the organisation to challenge itself and do better. He worked hard to help develop the LAHF Board, recruiting and engaging new trustees and ensuring that the organisation benefitted from a breadth of experience and perspective. He introduced new, robust financial and governance structures which leave the organisation in a much more secure and established place than when he found it. His passion, enthusiasm, commitment, curiosity and joy for life will be sorely missed.


Acting Chair – Beth Elliott
Beth Elliott is Director of the Bethlem Gallery and graduated from University of the Arts London, Camberwell with a degree in fine art sculpture in 2002. Since then she has facilitated art workshops, residencies and exhibitions in mental health hospital settings as well as in the community and now runs The Bethlem Gallery. The gallery provides a showcase for the inspirational talents of mental health service user artists through professional exhibitions, residencies and events. It promotes access and participation within arts and health settings and campaigns for greater awareness and understanding of mental health.

Beth has been Chair of Bermondsey Artists' Group since 2006 and is Vice Chair of London Arts in Health Forum.


Dr Alice Ashby
Dr Alice Lomax is Acting Consultant Liaison Psychiatry at West London Mental Health NHS Trust.  She also hold the posts of ST6 Neuropsychiatry Registrar at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.  General Manager at European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees.  ST5 Liaison Psychiatry Registrar at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.  Chair, RCPsych Trainees Committee (PTC) at The Royal College of Psychiatrists. Clinical Teaching Fellow at St. George's, University of London.


Jaco Botha
Jaco Botha, originally from South Africa, qualified as a physiotherapist after studying at the University of the Orange Free State. In 2011 he embarked on a career in the performing arts and studied Musical Theatre the Tshwane University of Technology.

From 2003 he balanced a career as a clinician, professional performing artist, lecturer and entrepreneur. On the clinical side he worked for various private practices in most fields of Physiotherapy including Musculoskeletal injuries, Paediatric Neurology, General Medical and Surgery, Oncology, Woman’s Health, ITU and Respiratory Health, Occupational Health and Oncology.

In the education sector Jaco lectured for a few years combining expertise in Human, Abnormal and Creative Movement to lecture at the Department of Vocal Art at TUT, the School of Dramatic Arts at Northlink College in Cape Town and the Department of Dance at Crawford College in Pretoria. He was also the Internal Moderator for Dance Grade 12, in Anatomy and Health Care, for the Gauteng Department of Education.

Jaco owned a number of production companies and youth theatre organisations which focused on educational theatre and producing revue-type shows for small to medium sized venues.

Jaco’s performing arts career was mostly focused on musical theatre and television. Highlights included appearing in the international touring cast of Jesus Christ Superstar in Asia and Europe, as well as 300 plus performances of Joseph! In 2014 he appeared in ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ at the Edinburgh Fringe, dusting off the old tap shoes.

Jaco moved to the UK in 2008 and has been working for Nuffield Health since October 2008. He started with Nuffield in a few regional and national operational roles and has been working as Business Development Director in the Wellbeing division since 2011. His remit includes the management of the Account Management and New Business teams with a specific focus on musculoskeletal health. He is passionate about employee wellbeing and working with organisations to support employees in maximising their potential by optimising both physical health and emotional resilience.


Val Huet
Val Huet (SRAsT, BA Fine Arts (Sculpture) , Dip. Group Psych., MA Art Therapy, MA Organisational Consultancy) trained in Sculpture at Camberwell School of Art and qualified as an Art Therapist in 1986. She has practised since then in Adult Psychiatry and later within a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.  She is also a qualified Group Psychotherapist and Organisational Consultant. Val is the Chief Executive Officer of the British Association of Art Therapists, a post she has held since 2003. She also works as a consultant within organisations and as a private supervisor. She co-founded the Art Therapy Practice Research Network in 2000 and has been actively engaged in it since. She is currently developing and researching an Art Therapy Approach to Organisation Consultancy.


Dr Katharine E Low
Dr Katharine E Low is an applied theatre practitioner specialising in health communication and sexual health and is a lecturer in Applied Theatre and Community Performance at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Since 2003, she has been researching and developing social theatre practices as ways of beginning discussions around sexual and reproductive health. As a practitioner, she has developed and facilitated practice in Tanzania, South Africa and the UK with diverse groups of participants.  Her research interests lie in the field of arts & health, sexual health communication, women and theatre, approaches to teaching & learning. She has published articles based on her research on theatre and health in RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, the Journal of Applied Arts and Health and Gender Forum. She is currently co-editing a book with Dr Veronica Baxter (University of Cape Town) entitled Performing Health & Wellbeing for Methuen Drama and writing a monograph on applied theatre and sexual health for Palgrave Macmillan.


Anne Mullins
Anne Mullins is the Director of Vital Arts, one of the UK’s leading arts and health organisations, widely acknowledged as producing exemplar work in a complex and politically sensitive arena. Delivering over 70 contemporary public art commissions, developing challenging and innovative new artwork with leading international artists. In addition to the work on delivering the Art Strategy for the new hospitals, I have also curated numerous temporary art exhibitions, and developed the strategy and vision for the widely respected arts participation programme for young people and older adults, brokering new creative partnerships with key arts organisations across London.  Vital Arts also manages a contemporary art collection, and works closely with the two hospital museums on interpretation and display of the historic collection and archives. We regularly host and curate outcomes of artists’ residencies that explore the long and distinguished histories of both Barts -   founded in 1193 and The Royal London founded in 1727.


Dr Laura Jane Smith
Dr Laura Jane Smith graduated from Kings College, Cambridge University in 2006 and spent her Foundation years in and around Cambridge. She has always had an interest in teaching and had several teaching roles during her Foundation training. She came to UCLH for Core Medical Training, during which she set up a Twilight Clinical Teaching programme engaging junior doctors in teaching, and supporting them with a "Training to Teach" development course. During her Clinical life she is a Respiratory Registrar in North East Thames, and recently survived her first year as a Medical Registrar.

Laura Jane is a full time Clinical Teaching Fellow at ACME. Her interests within Medical Education are diverse, but currently focusing on: evaluating the MBBS 2012 curriculum; supporting the authentic professional UCL student ePortfolio; supporting junior doctors as medical educators (see the MBBS teaching portal); reviewing year 4 Respiratory placement teaching; running the Peer Assisted Learning Scheme; and working on various areas of student assessment across years. She has an interest in social media, professionalism and the digital identity of medical students and doctors and will be launching a Twitter-based educational intervention very soon and also writes a blog:


Dr John Spicer
Dr John Spicer is Head of the London School of General Practice, part of London Deanery and associated with the Royal College of General Practitioners.  John qualified from the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1977 [now part of UCL] and did his GP training in the West Midlands and South London.  He has been a GP in the same practice in Croydon since 1985.  Apart from the education of our future GPs, John is interested in clinical ethics and law, and the medical humanities.


Dr John Wynne
Dr John Wynne is a Reader in Sound Arts and the University of the Arts, London. As an artist, his diverse, research-led practice includes large-scale sound installations in galleries and public spaces, delicate sculptural works, photographs that produce sound, flying radios and award-winning ‘composed documentaries’ that hover on the borders between documentation and abstraction. He has a long-standing interest in arts and health and has delivered a number of high profile arts in health projects including Transplant, a major, critically acclaimed project working with transplant patients: along with photographer Tim Wainwright, he was artist in residence for a year at Harefield Hospital.