Meet the Artlift Team

Our Administrative Staff

Helen Crocker

Helen Crocker

Project Manager

I started out as a gymnast and contemporary dancer, touring and making work for small companies in the UK and Europe. Seeing Circus Oz inspired me on a 25-year journey of contemporary circus and dance development. I went on to establish and direct Circomedia (Centre for Contemporary Circus and Physical Theatre) for 16 years, instigating the first accredited Teacher Training and BTEC courses for circus in the UK and project managing the award-winning Portland Square site.

I set up the National Inclusive Dance Network with Cath Wilkins and now produce for GDance, an acclaimed production and training company specialising in inclusive dance.

I have been a trustee for NoFit State Circus and Tribe of Doris and now work as a freelance facilitator and arts development consultant. I’m currently training in Systemic Constellations.

Having lived with mental health issues much of my life, I have a deep understanding of how the creativity can support our wellbeing.

Amabel Mortimer

Amabel Mortimer

Programme Coordinator

I’ve been a practising artist and creative arts facilitator in healthcare settings for many years. I’ve become very interested in the powerful therapeutic benefits that creativity brings to our health and wellbeing. My MA in Arts, Health and Wellbeing has given me a deep understanding of this sector.

I have lived experience of life-changing illness and the difference creativity makes to managing such experiences – I still make, paint and create as often as I can.

I’m passionate about high quality, accessible arts and healthcare programmes for everyone. I’m in my element at Artlift because I can combine my skills with my love of all things creative.

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

Programme Assistant

I joined Artlift in July 2020 and my feet haven’t touched the ground since. My experience as a Project Marketing and Communications Officer and Image Co-ordinator at the National Trust stands me in good stead to support the Artlift team with my administration, communications, and project management skills.

 

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed creative writing, watercolour painting and making pots, so I know the very real difference that creativity can make to our wellbeing. I love being in the great outdoors, but I’m also a history-lover and culture-vulture. I enjoy working at Artlift because I believe passionately that the arts should be accessible to everyone from all walks of life.

Tessa Webb

Tessa Webb

Marketing Associate

I’m a Chartered Marketer (MCIM) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. I started my career in marketing in book publishing and went on to launch and grow my own art course business for 18 years. Since 2007, I’ve been an Associate Lecturer at the University of the West of England where I help undergraduates find their place in the creative economy through a series of workshops.

 

In 2010, my passion for the arts led me to launch the award-winning Cotswold Open Studios for Cirencester. Over the years, I’ve built up extensive experience in marketing, PR, brand development, communications, fundraising, and events, working with all sorts of organisations, from international development agencies to a professional theatre.

I know first-hand the very real difference that creativity and the arts can make in all our lives. I really enjoy supporting good causes with my marketing skills and I’m excited to be joining the Artlift team at this pivotal time. I’m looking forward to helping Artlift raise its profile and continue to enrich even more lives.

Cath Wilkins

Cath Wilkins

Executive Director

I’m a strategic and sector development consultant, fundraiser, producer and evaluator. I specialise in inclusive dance and arts practice. Alongside my role as Executive Director at Artlift, I’m also the Producer for Gloucester’s Carnival Arts Partnership and Co-Chair of the county’s Arts Disability Advisory Board.

I’m on the Board of Carnival Network South, and a member of the Association of Mental Health Providers, and currently hold an award for the ACE Developing Your Creative Practice scheme.

Former senior roles have been with GDance, Gloucestershire Academy of Music, international touring company Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, and the funding body NESTA. From 2012-16, I was Co-Founder Director of Create Gloucestershire and chaired the working party of the National Inclusive Dance Network.

I joined Artlift in April 2019. I’ve witnessed the transformative power of creativity through friends, family, and exceptionally talented disabled artists living with physical, learning, and mental health differences. I’m really looking forward to making this transformation happen for many more people.

Our Trustees

Dr Gillian Rice (Chair)
Sue Burling (Company Secretary)
Charlie Royall
James Garrod
Dr Katja Baczko
Sally Lewis
Tamsin Fedden