Our Team - Breathe
Our Team

Our Team

Breathe is small but mighty.

Our wonderful team bring skills and expertise from a variety of industries and backgrounds, to offer a diverse range of high-quality artistic healthcare experiences for our communities year-round.

Find out more below.

Team Members

Yvonne Farquharson

Managing Director and Founder

Yvonne is a seasoned and multi award-winning social entrepreneur who specialises in developing creative, research-led programmes to improve...

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Lydia Hayes

Head of Development

Lydia has over 10 years’ experience in fundraising and development for the arts and health sectors, whilst at...

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Hannah Dye

Head of Programmes

Hannah has been working within the performing arts sector since 2007, developing large scale projects with schools, universities,...

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Lucy Fox

Head of Communications

Lucy has been developing brands and marketing campaigns since she graduated in 2005. Starting her career on the...

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Natalie Craven

Project Manager, NHS Programmes

Natalie has worked in the arts and health sector for eight years and has held roles at Imperial...

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Lorna Greenwood

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...

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Mary Stones

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...

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Drew Potter

Project Manager, Breathe Magic

Drew has worked within the arts sector since 2014, and most notably has worked for two national touring...

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Lilli Murdoch

Digital Communications Officer

Lilli has over 7 years’ experience in marketing and events, the last 3 years specifically in the Health...

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Tim Osborn

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...

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Kat Penney

Project Support Officer, NHS Programmes

Kat has over 10 years’ experience working in the creative industries and during this time, she has worked...

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Hannah Abraham

Company Administrator

Hannah has 6 years’ experience managing multiple departments at independent theatres and theatre companies. Her passion is administration,...

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Dieter Deswarte

Film maker

Alongside filming and editing his own personal work, Dieter is also a Senior Teaching Fellow on the MA...

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Marjan Alexander


Marjan has a First Class Honours Degree in Business and Economics. For many years she has worked in...

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Rebecca Fortescue

Clinical Lead

Becca joined the Breathe Magic team as a Magic Trainer whilst completing her Occupational Therapy degree, and continued to...

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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.