Board and staff

A picture of the new Board Designate for the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance
Ellie Grace Photography


Our Board of Directors is Rosie Dow (Y Lab/Nesta); Ben Pearce (West Horsley Place); Deborah Munt (Ministry of Others); Thanh Sinden (Thanh Sinden Consulting); Trishna Nath (Nesta), Matt Walsh and Esmé Ward (Manchester Museum) – Matt and Esmé are our Co-Chairs. (You can read a short interview with each of them by clicking the links on their names.)

Please get in touch if you would like to know more.


Lord Howarth of Newport is president of the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance. Lord Howarth co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health & Wellbeing and has been a committed and inspiring advocate for and supporter of culture, health and wellbeing for many years.


The Alliance has two members of staff: an Executive Director and a part-time Coordinator.

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Ellie Grace Photography

Victoria Hume
Executive Director

Victoria Hume is Director of the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance. She is also a composer and researcher specialising in culture, health and wellbeing, and was an arts manager for the NHS for 15 years. Victoria worked in South Africa for some years, establishing a module in hospital-based performance for the University of the Witwatersrand and receiving a distinction for a Masters in Music and Health Communication focused on hospital-induced delirium. She remains a Research Associate in the Medical Humanities at WiSER (Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research), working with the Medical & Health Humanities Africa Network. She continues to write and release music through Lost Map Records, based on Eigg.

a portrait of Hayley Youell
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Hayley Youell

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.

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Lewis Taylor
Administrative Assistant

Lewis Taylor is the Administrative Assistant at the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, from age 12 he has developed a solid interest in computer technology and later developed that interest into software programming and general coding; including coding websites, authentication programs, authentication algorithms and community platform software. In his free time, he usually likes to play video games and watch Netflix or YouTube, Lewis is also interested in hardware engineering and reverse engineering.

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Xander Ellis
Events and Digital Assistant

Xander Ellis is the Events and Digital Assistant for the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance. He has an major interest in technology and has built upon this interest throughout his entire life. He got his first Computer when he was 10 and this is where his love for technology began. Xander further enhanced his affinity for technology during his secondary school life by doing design & electronics and IT at GCSE and then furthered this by doing IT Cambridge Technicals at A-Level. During his free time Xander enjoys gaming and also watching documentaries and also enjoys building PC's and assisting those around him with their own technological issues.

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The Alliance was brought into being thanks to the support of Arts & Health South West, who hosted the organisation, applied for and held its funding, and provided governance through the Arts & Health Southwest board from 2017-2019.