Yvonne is a seasoned and multi award-winning social entrepreneur who specialises in developing creative, research-led programmes to improve...
Yvonne is a seasoned and multi award-winning social entrepreneur who specialises in developing creative, research-led programmes to improve healthcare and transform lives. Yvonne has been working in the arts and health sector for thirteen years and during that time has been responsible for leading teams to design and deliver ground-breaking work across the UK and abroad.
Yvonne has gained international recognition for her work in the sector and frequently delivers keynote speeches at health, arts and social enterprise conferences and events globally. She has co-authored papers published in peer-reviewed medical journals and has delivered a Tedx Talk about her work at Breathe. Under Yvonne’s leadership, Breathe has won multiple national awards and gained recognition as a service provider to our National Health Service. Prior to working in the arts and health sector, Yvonne held multiple creative roles at the BBC and ITV.
Head of Development
Lydia has over 10 years’ experience in fundraising and development for the arts and health sectors, whilst at...
Lydia has over 10 years’ experience in fundraising and development for the arts and health sectors, whilst at Cardboard Citizens, The Big House and The Anna Freud Centre, amongst others. She is passionate about supporting organisations to survive and thrive financially and boosting organisational resilience.
Lydia holds a BA in Arts Management from London South Bank University and participated in Clore Leadership’s Emerging Leaders programme. Lydia also sits on the Board of Trustees for interactive theatre maker, Coney.
Head of Programmes
Hannah has been working within the performing arts sector since 2007, developing large scale projects with schools, universities,...
Hannah has been working within the performing arts sector since 2007, developing large scale projects with schools, universities, marginalised community groups, NHS Trusts and professional artists. She has designed and produced a variety of programmes through roles at King’s College London, Candoco Dance Company, English National Ballet, Sadler’s Wells and China Plate Theatre. Hannah has also developed inclusive dance projects with The British Council in Vietnam, Senegal, Armenia and Nigeria. Alongside her role at Breathe, Hannah is a freelance arts Producer.
Hannah holds an MA in Creative and Cultural Management from Chester University and BA in Dance, Drama & Theatre Studies from Liverpool University.
Head of Communications
Lucy has been developing brands and marketing campaigns since she graduated in 2005. Starting her career on the...
Lucy has been developing brands and marketing campaigns since she graduated in 2005. Starting her career on the prestigious Accelerate scheme with leading marketing communications group Omnicom, she worked for a number of specialist agencies in research, branding and CRM. After 10 years in qualitative research, advertising and design and working with clients such as Sky, PepsiCo and Learn Direct, Lucy sought to find a way to combine her communications skills and experience with her passion for dance and the arts.
In 2015, Lucy joined Candoco Dance Company to run the company’s marketing and digital activity. During her time at Candoco, Lucy established strong relationships with venues, artists and broadcasters, developed on the brand’s distinct visual identity and positioning, led the re-design and build of a striking new website, and grew social media engagement. Lucy also freelanced with Siobhan Davies Dance to develop the audience development strategy for CONTINUOUS, an innovative visual arts and dance project.
Lucy joined Breathe Arts Health Research in 2021 as maternity cover to lead on communications strategy and marketing.
Project Manager, NHS Programmes
Natalie has worked in the arts and health sector for eight years and has held roles at Imperial...
Natalie has worked in the arts and health sector for eight years and has held roles at Imperial Health Charity, Frimley Park Hospital, and most recently at the Royal College of Physicians as Public Programmes Officer.
Natalie is an art-addicted ‘gallery goer’ who writes about art for publications and has curated exhibitions about art, health and science, and the history of medicine at Watt’s Gallery, Royal College of Physicians Museum, CASS Gallery, Jerwood Space, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Frimley Park Hospital’s end of life care garden. Natalie is also Public Engagement Consultant at Matt’s Gallery working on the Wellcome Trust funded animated film project ‘A Different Kind of Different’ which examines the physical and psychological trauma of breast cancer.
Natalie has an MA in Curating from London Metropolitan University in partnership with the Whitechapel Gallery and a BA in Fine Art from the University of Plymouth. Natalie plays violin in the London Doctors’ Orchestra and is Secretary of Central London Lacrosse Club.
Natalie joined Breathe in 2020 as Project Manager of the participatory and live programmes delivered across Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
Project Manager, Breathe Melodies for Mums
Lorna previously worked in the music industry and more recently in public engagement for the international charity ActionAid UK. She brings significant experience in project and...
Lorna previously worked in the music industry and more recently in public engagement for the international charity ActionAid UK. She brings significant experience in project and event management to Breathe, as well as a strong sense of fun and passion for the power of arts in health.
Lorna has a BSc in Natural Sciences from the University of Bath and is a Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor in training.
Lorna joined Breathe in 2021 and works across all the different programmes under the Melodies for Mums umbrella.
Project Manager, Breathe Sing for Lung Health, Warwickshire and Breathe Melodies for Mums
Mary has been delivering projects in the cultural sector for over twenty years, and spent many years travelling...
Mary has been delivering projects in the cultural sector for over twenty years, and spent many years travelling around Scotland managing a wide range of projects for the National Trust for Scotland. Since becoming freelance in 2016 she has worked with a number of clients, including Historic Environment Scotland and the Thackray Museum of Medicine in Leeds.
Outside of Breathe, Mary works as an Interpretation Consultant and is often busy writing copy for a wide range of media. When she isn’t working, she can be found playing football and building Lego with her sons, or growing vegetables.
Mary’s first BA(Hons) degree is in Art and Architectural History and she graduated with an MA in Museums Studies from the University of Leicester in 2011.
Mary joined Breathe in 2020 to roll out an on-line version of Breathe Melodies for Mums on a national scale.
Project Manager, Breathe Magic
Drew has worked within the arts sector since 2014, and most notably has worked for two national touring...
Drew has worked within the arts sector since 2014, and most notably has worked for two national touring dance organisation, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and English National Ballet.
Drew has a passion for creating high quality and inspirational arts experiences for children, young people and the wider community and has produced large-scale participatory projects and programmes across the education and health sectors.
Drew holds a BA in Dance Studies from the University of Roehampton and joined Breathe in 2021, working across all the different programmes under the Breathe Magic umbrella.
Digital Communications Officer
Lilli has over 7 years’ experience in marketing and events, the last 3 years specifically in the Health...
Lilli has over 7 years’ experience in marketing and events, the last 3 years specifically in the Health and Social Care Sector. Lilli is passionate about raising awareness and supporting people to achieve positive outcomes through various projects.
Lilli has always had a keen interest in the entertainment sector, from quizmaster to hospitality events manager during the Rio Olympics and Carnival. Lilli worked with a prestigious Samba School in Rio, she organised Carnival Workshops and Team Building events which included costume design, Samba & music workshops and a Carnival parade.
After moving back from Brazil, Lilli started working in the Health and Social Care Sector, as the marketing and events manager for a learning disability provider. She arranged events across the UK, for the people she supported to encourage them to achieve amazing outcomes, such as learning to sing, dance, play an instrument, play sport, get a job etc. Lilli also organised an event at the House of Commons to launch a new positive behaviour support initiative.
Lilli joined Breathe in 2021 to support on digital, marketing and comms for the Breathe Melodies for Mums programme.
Project Support Officer, Breathe Melodies for Mums
Tim combines nearly 3 decades of experience in the health and disability world with his lifelong interest in...
Tim combines nearly 3 decades of experience in the health and disability world with his lifelong interest in the arts. Before joining Breathe, he worked extensively for organisations supporting people with long-term conditions, life-limiting illnesses and physical and emotional difficulties – both in the NHS and the charity sector.
Beyond the day job, he has a particular passion for puppetry as an art form, writes creatively, loves samba and makes stop-motion animation clips.
Tim has been with Breathe since the beginning and has worked across all of the company’s programmes.
Project Support Officer, NHS Programmes
Kat has over 10 years’ experience working in the creative industries and during this time, she has worked...
Kat has over 10 years’ experience working in the creative industries and during this time, she has worked with globally recognised designer Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio and was artist assistant on Nicola Green’s Project “In Seven Days” gaining private access to Barack Obama during his Presidential campaign.
Kat holds a BA(Hons) degree is in Fine and Applied Art and she graduated with a MA in Multi-Disciplinary Design from University of Ulster. She also teaches printmaking and exhibits internationally. When not making art, Kat is learning about the psychology of dogs and how to train them.
Kat originally worked with Breathe in 2015-18 supporting the team and Managing Director Yvonne Farquharson. In 2020 Kat returned as a freelance member focusing on supporting the delivery of the online programmes across Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
Hannah has 6 years’ experience managing multiple departments at independent theatres and theatre companies. Her passion is administration,...
Hannah has 6 years’ experience managing multiple departments at independent theatres and theatre companies. Her passion is administration, efficiency and being adaptable to the daily needs of arts related organisations.
On completing her degree in Drama and Applied Theatre, Hannah realised the full power that the arts provide for under-represented groups and feels strongly about the importance of amplifying lost or marginalised voices. Hannah has also worked in SEN support roles for schools and drama skills workshops.
Hannah joined Breathe in 2021 to provide administrative support to the busy teams and wide range of programmes.
Alongside filming and editing his own personal work, Dieter is also a Senior Teaching Fellow on the MA...
Alongside filming and editing his own personal work, Dieter is also a Senior Teaching Fellow on the MA in Ethnographic and Documentary film at UCL and the co-founder of Yarrow films, a social enterprise that specialises in collaborative filmmaking as a tool to tackle stigma.
Their aim is to empower groups facing complex social, economic and educational challenges through their inclusive documentary production process. Their collaborative projects combine skills learning with a therapeutic approach that focuses on the empowerment of participants.
His films have been shown across the world and won several awards. One of the most recent collaborative films he created alongside a group of LGBTIQ+ refugees living in Brazil, premiered at the BFI Flare film festival in 2020 and has since screened at multiple festivals.
Marjan has a First Class Honours Degree in Business and Economics. For many years she has worked in...
Marjan has a First Class Honours Degree in Business and Economics. For many years she has worked in the City as a sales trader, and since 2015 she is also Head of Accounts at Air-Edel, a music management company.
Marjan has worked for Breathe since 2013 looking after its accounts.
Becca joined the Breathe Magic team as a Magic Trainer whilst completing her Occupational Therapy degree, and continued to...
Becca joined the Breathe Magic team as a Magic Trainer whilst completing her Occupational Therapy degree, and continued to volunteer until she joined the team as a Clinical Lead in 2021.
Since qualifying Becca has gained experience across a range of settings including specialist and mainstream schools, private clinics, and community paediatrics; assessing and working with children with varied strengths, functional needs, and diagnoses. Becca is the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Lead for the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) Specialist Section – Children, Young People, and Families, and hosts regular webinars for Occupational Therapists on diverse topics.
Becca is involved in research and is the London area lead for the international data collection for the EASI (a new assessment tool) and has contributed to the appraisal of articles for the RCOT Play Guidelines. She loves to learn, and actively engages in frequent CPD to further her knowledge and skill-set.
Our wider team
We have a small core team, but much of the reason why Breathe can achieve such incredible things is because we are surrounded by an amazing team of artists, researchers, clinicians and volunteers.
Meet just a few of the fantastic people we work with, below.
I’ve been lucky to work with many amazing magicians including Dynamo and James Freedman, and I’m honoured to be The Magic Circle Triple Crown Champion; the only person to win all three of the society’s competitions!
Breathe Magician Edward Hilsum's performances feature ground-breaking magic, presented in a refreshingly contemporary style. His original stage shows have received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival and for five years, Edward starred in the record-breaking 'Champions of Magic' spectacular, touring theatres throughout the UK and North America.
I have loved performing at prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Breathe Resident Musician, Havana-born Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas's recent projects include the world premiere concerto with Docklands Sinfonia, recitals with Malta International Arts Festival and live performances at the Royal Opera House with ballet star Carlos Acosta.
I’m a Reader in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music (RCM), where I conduct research and teach. In 2020, I was shortlisted for best research at the AHRC/Wellcome Medical Humanities Awards.
Breathe Research Fellow Rosie Perkins is committed to contributing to the research evidence, using wide-ranging methods to illuminate how and why the arts support health. She is interested in how arts and health can be transformational for artists, enabling enhanced skill sets, employability, and job satisfaction. In 2019, she was elected an honorary member of the RCM.
My artwork and an archive of my advocacy for skin picking is held by the Wellcome Collection and my work has featured on TEDx, BBC News, Woman’s Hour, Vice, Huffington Post, and Metro (to name a few!).
Breathe Creative Breaks Leader Liz Atkin is an artist and educator with Compulsive Skin Picking, a complex physical and mental disorder. She reimagines the body-focused repetitive behaviour and anxiety into drawings, photographs, and performances. Liz has exhibited and taught in the UK, Europe, Australia, USA, Singapore and Japan. Before the pandemic, she gave away more than 18,000 free #CompulsiveCharcoal newspaper drawings to commuters on public transport all over the world.
I have been a Breathe Ambassador for nearly 8 years. I love the way that the arts work on therapy skills but avoids the monotonous task of actually doing physiotherapy. it has helped me hugely in becoming more independent.
Breathe Magic Mentor (and former Young Magician) Josh Parsons is the only member of the Magic Circle with hemiplegia, and has performed on Channel 5 and TEDxNHS with Breathe Magic.