Chair – Andrew Potter
Andrew Potter has worked for a number of music organisations. Much of his career has been as a Publishing Director at Oxford University Press where music was one of his responsibilities.
Andrew served as Chair of the Performing Right Society, representing the interests of 40,000 composers and songwriters. He formed the PRS Mapping Group into the provision of musical instrument teaching in England & Wales after which the government allocated a further £160m to music education. In 2000 he commissioned The Power of Music, a unique project to capture and share scholarly research into the healing, social and educational benefits of music. The PRS Foundation was founded in his last year as Chair. Since then he has been Chair of Making Music, of Community Action Projects Ealing, a mental health charity, and of the Design and Artists Copyright Society.
Andrew became chair of London Arts in Health Forum in May 2013.
Vice 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. www.bethlemgallery.com
Beth has been Chair of Bermondsey Artists' Group since 2006 and is Vice Chair of London Arts in Health Forum.
Professor Deborah Bowman
Professor Deborah Bowman, is the Professor of Bioethics, Clinical Ethics and Medical Law at St. George's, University of London where she has worked since 2000. She is committed to educational innovation in teaching and learning about medical ethics and law and, in particular, the development of integrated curricula that not only meet the theoretical requirements of a core curriculum but also makes links with clinical practice and student support. Specific innovations in which I have been involved include the development of the 'educational incident form', clinical ethics road shows, a clinical ethics coaching and mentoring scheme, virtual patients and a student clinical ethics forum. Recently she has been working with Professor Mary Gentile on adapting her work - the 'Giving Voice to Values' project - for a UK healthcare context to support students and practitioners in navigating the gap that can exist between the educational and clinical learning settings. She is keen to draw on the humanities to to foster ethical awareness and facilitate learning in ethics, in particular literature, drama, theatre and creative writing.
Nigel Hartley is the Director of Supportive Care at St Christopher’s Hospice, London which oversees all patient and family-facing services including day and outpatient services, a large team of Artists, Complementary Therapists and Spiritual Care. He has worked in end-of life care for over twenty years, initially as an arts and therapy practitioner holding posts at both London Lighthouse, a Centre for those living with HIV/AIDS, and also Sir Michael Sobell House, which is a large Hospice in Oxford. He is an experienced manager, counsellor, musician, community musician, and music therapist.
Dr Chris Hilton is a Specialty Registrar in Psychiatry and Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. After training in Cambridge and London, he has worked in a number of community and inpatient mental health settings with adults, older adults and children. He has particular clinical interests in Liaison Psychiatry and Substance Misuse, as well as co-facilitating a Psychodrama group for patients with personality disorder. He is highly active in undergraduate medical education as Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College, London. In his free time he is an avid theatregoer.
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
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.
Sue Ridge is an artist, researcher and consultant who has lectured at Chelsea College of Art & Design since 1999. Recent projects include; since 2005 she has completed two commissions for Norwich and Eastbourne and Hastings Hospitals. For Norwich Hospital she worked with photographer Martin Figura on a series of photo-digital works for the waiting areas in the Breast Screening Department. At Eastbourne and Hastings Hospitals she was asked to worked collaboratively with poet John Davies aka Shedman looking at patient, staff and visitor responses to navigation producing artworks for an exhibition at both hospitals. In February 2006 she worked as a consultant for Bouygues UK Ltd on the arts strategy for the new PFI Hospital at North Middlesex University Hospital. In December 2006 she worked with Lauriston Primary School and received a £10,000 Arts Council Creative partnership Award in 2007. Sue recently worked with poet John Davies on the “Our Storeys” poetry project for the main atrium space at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust. www.sueridge.com
Jill Sheridan studied history of art and architecture at Bristol University before teaching in both the UK and US. She then went on to study for an MA at City University, London in the department of Arts Policy and Management whilst also working with artists as a freelance exhibition organiser and carrying out research. Appointed as Curator of Goldsmiths Gallery in London, she worked for ten years developing the exhibition and education programme before working in a gallery in the commercial sector. In 1995 Jill was invited to become a Course Leader at Goldsmiths, University of London and to develop a course introducing students to curating and arts administration. She continues to be involved with developing exhibitions, conferences and research in the visual arts both in the UK and abroad as well as being Director of Art Installation Services, an organisation working in the public, private and commercial sectors with companies and individuals throughout Europe.