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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Lorna Greenwood

Head of Scalability

As Head of Scalability, Lorna works on creating sustainable programmes at scale in a strategic way to benefit...

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Georgia Heighway

Communications Manager

Georgia has worked in arts communications since 2015. She loves to inspire people to take part in creative...

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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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Jo Pelly

Interim Project Manager, Guy’s and St Thomas’

Jo has over 18 years of experience working in theatre access and education, designing and managing programmes for...

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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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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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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 20 years, and spent many years travelling...

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Hannah Abraham

Company Administrator

Hannah (Han) has been working in the arts sector since 2014, managing multiple departments at independent theatres, theatre...

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Claire Austen

PA to the Managing Director and Project Coordinator, ICS Arts for Staff Wellbeing

Claire brings multiple years of experience within the arts sector to her work at Breathe, as a performer,...

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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, Occupational Therapist

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

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Rebecca Johnson

Clinical Lead, Occupational Therapist

Rebecca has over 14 years of paediatric experience as an occupational therapist. Rebecca assesses and treats children with...

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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 have a passion for developing communication skills in others, and aim to include this wherever possible in the Breathe Magic programme
Breathe Magician Richard McDougall has been working with Breathe Magic since its very first day, and has helped deliver the programme to every young magician who has been through the camp or online. In his own work, he has been a World Open Champion for Close Up Magic, and award winner at FISM (the Olympics of magic), and is a Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star.
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.
My main passion is the voice, but also plays the piano, ukulele, flute and the tin whistle. I'm also the lead singer in the Hyundai Tucson (2018) and Allianz (2021) adverts.
Singing Lead Elisa Jeffery is a professional singer and vocal coach. As a lead singer, backing vocalist, choir and workshop leader, Elisa has developed a strong passion and love for the voice and especially enjoys helping others unleash their true potential.
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 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.
I use magic to create more than momentary astonishment. I explore how magic can convey information and teach practical skills to varied audiences. My one-man‎‎ show shares stories from the extraordinary history of conjuring.
Will Houstoun is a Breathe Magic Magician and has also written and edited thousands of pages of specialist magazines and books for magicians, including over 100 issues of The Magic Circle’s private Members' magazine.
Once I performed for Steven Hawking and after the performance, he started to reply on his computer. When he finished, he had replied: “How in the world did you do that?”
Breathe Magic Magician Christopher Howell, has performed at prestigious venues Hollywood's Magic Castle and Berlin's Wintergarten. He also plays play a Vaudeville magician character called Norvil who once magicked Ant & Dec's trousers into Union Jack boxers on ITV.