Board and staff

The secretariat for the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance is currently provided by Arts & Health South West.

The Alliance is governed by Arts & Health South West’s board of trustees. The trustees provide strategic oversight, guidance and support to the Alliance.

Staff

Victoria Hume
Director

Victoria Hume is Director of the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance. She has a background as a composer, researcher and project manager specialising in culture, health and wellbeing, and was an arts manager for the NHS for 15 years. From 2010-2013 she was chair of London Arts in Health Forum and was the founding chair for the National Alliance for Arts, Health & Wellbeing in 2012. She is also a Research Associate in the medical humanities at WiSER (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg), helping to support the Medical & Health Humanities Africa Network, and establishing a new module in hospital-based performance for the university's division of music. In 2017 she received a distinction for a Masters in Music and Health Communication focused on hospital-induced delirium. She continues to write and release music through Lost Map Records, based on the Isle of Eigg.

Hayley Youell
Coordinator

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.