The hArt Team

Trustees | Management | Therapists | Consultants | Volunteers

 

Annie Jeffery

Annie Jeffery

Founder | Chair of Trustees

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Annie is a sculptor. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in the UK and France and is in private collections. ‘Female Landscape’, carved in French Limestone, won the Sir Robert Marshall Prize in the Bridport Open Art Exhibition in 2003. Later pieces have been shown in the Sculpture Garden at The Mill at Gordleton. Annie also paints, mainly portraiture in oils.

Annie is a former chairman of a Riding for the Disabled Group, and has been a Trustee of The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy and of a Spina Bifida support group. She has been a volunteer ambassador for the Honeypot Children’s charity for several years.

Annie is a Dementia Friends Champion. She presents Information Sessions to individuals and groups about supporting those with dementia and their carers.

I am a passionate believer in the power of the creative mind, and feel that, in this day and age, giving people opportunities to explore their creativity, in whatever form it takes, is a vital part of living a full and balanced life.

 

Pippa Knight

Pippa Knight

Trustee | Music and Drama Liaison

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Pippa was born in Lyndhurst and grew up in Sway. Aged 19, after completing a two year foundation course in music at the Winchester School of Art and Music and a first year at The Royal College of music where she studied piano, singing and harp, she moved to Verona, Italy where she lived for thirty-four years and where her four (now grown-up) sons were born. She worked in Italy as an English teacher and as a technical translator and interpreter.

Pippa has been a member of several choirs and choral groups and the soloist in a jazz trio, Knight Club. She sang with the Istituzioni Armoniche in Verona and with the Woodstock Choir, a jazz/pop/rock choir. She is currently a member of The Orlando Singers, a semi-professional Dorset-based registered charity, which recently performed The Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium in Wells Cathedral.

She has participated in several vocal creativity courses run by Jonathan Hart Makwaia of the Centre Artistique International and also a Karl Orff summer school which included teaching music to people of mixed learning abilities, folk dance and improvisation.

Through music, I have been fortunate to make friends and contacts of all ages and backgrounds. I have a desire to help facilitate the opportunity for others, young and old, to interact and benefit through the experience of the arts in the way that I have been able to.

Emma Simonini

Emma Simonini

Trustee

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Emma Simonini is a full-time housewife and mother of two from Sway.  She has been a volunteer with The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy in her spare time for the past sixteen years.  Previously she worked as a conference and banqueting organiser in luxury hotels including Chewton Glen and The Dorchester.

 

Having been born and raised in The New Forest, and with my children now reaching their teens, I am keen to focus on a local community project and I am delighted to be involved with hArt.

Birgitta Hancock

Birgitta Hancock

Trustee

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Birgitta is married with two teenage children and is a full-time housewife living in Lymington. She has helped with various charities in the past – notably Afrikids in Ghana.

After completing her A levels at Wellington College, she went on to study Fashion and Textile design at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, in Kent. From there she followed the family track in shipping, working for Greek Shipowners, shipbroking in South Africa and finally ended up in Marine Engine Supplies and Repair centred in London, which enabled her to travel the world.

Since settling down in the New Forest in 1999 with my husband, Phillip, I have been keen to rekindle my love for Art, and am especially delighted to be able to join the hArt team to share this passion with people of all ages.

Marilyn Freedman

Marilyn Freedman

Trustee

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Marilyn was born and brought up in London. She moved to the New Forest with her family in 2003. She is the mother of two daughters and grandma of five grandchildren.

From 1972-1977, she was a Governor of King Alfred School, London and was instrumental in raising funds and selecting books for a completely new school library. Previously she has been in the antiques business and co-owner of a fashion boutique.

Over the years she has been involved in various children’s charities, including the support of children and grandchildren of survivors of World War II.

She studied as a mature student and has a first class degree in History. She lived in Cape Town SA for six years from 1997 until 2003 and was a volunteer in a charity helping street children. Marilyn is a volunteer at two local schools, listening and encouraging young children to read mainly on a one-to-one basis and, since 2014, has been Chairperson of Lymington Colts Cricket Club.

I am very Interested in supporting local organisations and putting something back into society through young people. Unfortunately, my mother, in later life, suffered from dementia, which made me aware of the support that is needed. I met Annie a couple of years ago and have been inspired by her enthusiasm for hArt

 

Sam Lewis

Sam Lewis

Principal Art Therapist

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Sam has been working as an artist since qualifying with a BA in Fine and Applied Arts from Belfast University of Ulster in 2001. She worked throughout Ireland running art programmes in schools, colleges, day centres and residential units and at festivals and summer camps. She has also run her own art and craft classes for people of all ages.

Sam became a qualified Art Psychotherapist in 2010 and has worked therapeutically with children and adults of wide-ranging ages and abilities.

She has co-facilitated open studios for those with mental health issues, run art therapy programmes for refugees and asylum seekers, and worked with young adults with special needs and challenging behaviour.

Sam is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and is a member of British Association of Art Therapists.

 

Francesca Lazarski

Francesca Lazarski

Community Development Co-ordinator | Management Committee

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Fran is working with us to create and progress links and projects with other organisations and community groups.

She brings a wealth of community arts and project development experience to hArt. She has worked with families for over twenty-five years, in a variety of arts, community and education contexts. Her primary focus has been working with children.

Fran studied BA Hons Drama, Theatre and Film Studies at The University of Winchester, with emphasis on these art forms as means of intervention and empowerment, for individuals and communities.

Projects included facilitating drama workshops with adults with mental health issues, filming a documentary about ‘choices in childbirth’ with first-time mums, and running art/drama/literacy workshops with children in marginalised communities in Southampton in partnership with the Community Libraries Department.

Her work has also included Community Arts Facilitation and Project Management for Southampton City Council and Refuge Worker/Children’s Activities Co-Ordinator for Women’s Aid. She still works as a Freelance Arts Worker at community events and arts centres. Fran has also worked as a nanny, nursery nurse and home tutor and has run weekly ‘Rhyme Time’ sessions for under-fives and their parents and carers at a local library. Other arts experience has included working for The Nuffield Theatre, the Turner Sims Concert Hall and The Wool House Project. She has also worked as a volunteer counsellor for The Samaritans.

I have a passion for the arts and people – believing that art and creativity allow individuals to truly express themselves, and in the process, transform and grow. I have an interest in energy healing, and practise Reiki and Sound Therapy. I continue to study and am developing ideas for some sound/chanting workshops. As a singer-songwriter I love music and writing. I am most at home with a pair of hiking boots on, exploring and photographing nature in the beautiful New Forest and along the coastline.

 
Mags Butterworth

Mags Butterworth

Treasurer | Management Committee

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Mags has over thirty-five years experience within accounts environments as a tax officer and with nationwide companies. Her interests include stained glass work, silk painting, dressmaking and soft furnishings.

 

To be able to combine my arts and crafts interests with my accounts experience in this new project for the benefit of others is very exciting.

 
Celia Burgess

Celia Burgess

Manager, Silverlinks | Management Committee

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Celia Burgess MBE has worked for Citizens Advice as adviser and manager in Poole, New Milton and Lymington. She also worked for Age Concern in Christchurch and was Business Development Manager for HOPe.

She has lived in the New Forest for forty years and has known Annie Jeffery for almost as long! She is passionate about supporting the community here and in particular the older people, who have contributed so much and who are so often taken for granted. She knows that older people everywhere feel lonely and isolated from time to time, though they always insist that they’re fine and ‘don’t want to bother anyone’.

Silverlinks is her idea for demonstrating how, as a joined-up community, local volunteers can help.

There is so much goodwill out there! If we all work together, we can really make a difference. Silverlinks helps to remove the immediate worry and then we try to get older people interested in joining in as well. 

 
Sue Allen

Sue Allen

Office Manager

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Sue has recently returned from New Zealand where she and her husband, Russell, along with their two children have lived for the past 17 years. Sue comes to the hArt team with a wealth of experience in office administration in environments such as charities, local government and private business.

During her time in New Zealand, Riding for the Disabled played a big part in Sue’s life and she is most proud of her achievements whilst engaged in the role of National Training Co-ordinator at their Head Office. When not in the office, Sue could be found at her local RDA group helping out where possible.

Having grown up in Mudeford and attended College in Bournemouth, Sue feels very happy to be back and contributing to her local community in Lymington and surrounding areas.

I have always had an interest in mental health and the various ways in which wellbeing can be fostered. I immediately saw the vision of hArt and am delighted to be able to contribute in any way I can.

John Hatchard

John Hatchard

Consultant

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John is a solicitor, a partner with Moore Blatch LLP in the real estate division based in Lymington. John joined Moore Blatch in 1972 and became a partner in 1982. He is married with three grown-up children and lives in Milford on Sea. He has a number of charitable trusteeships. John’s knowledge and experience will be very valuable to hArt.

 
Sue White

Sue White

Consultant

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Sue has over fifty years’ experience in finance and Human Resources and is a trained life coach.

For the twenty years prior to her retirement in 2016, she worked for a BMW franchise group, the final ten years as Human Resources Manager and a member of the senior management group.

I have known of Annie’s desire to set up this charity for many years now and have been hugely impressed at the work that hArt is achieving. Having personal experience as part-time carer for a family member with dementia, I was anxious to offer my services to hArt as a volunteer upon my retirement.

Julie Johns

Julie Johns

Consultant

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Julie is a Charity Fundraiser & Business Training Provider. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Safe Space Consultancy.

Julie has a Diploma in Art & Design from Falmouth College of Arts and a BA(Hons) in Dance with Visual Practise from Brighton University (2003). Over the last fourteen years, Julie has gained extensive experience as a community artist, and co-founder and fundraiser of an arts-based domestic abuse charity in Bournemouth. During this time, Julie has created successful partnerships with local Councils, Youth Services and other third-sector organisations to create innovative programmes for adults,children and young people affected by domestic abuse; such as Children’s Art Therapy Programmes, Safer Relationship programmes into schools and Healthy Relationships for Young People.

As part of our Team, Julie utilises her fundraising and project development skills to support hArt.

In April 2015, Julie registered her own training provider business, Safe Space Consultancy, providing CPD accredited training for Business on the Impact of Domestic Abuse & Stalking in the Workplace, for which she gained a Social Entrepreneurs Award and start-up funds from UnLtd. http://safespaceconsultancy.org

Kieran Sheehan

Kieran Sheehan

Consultant

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Kieran is Vice Principal (Curriculum and Quality Assurance) of the Academy of Live and Recording Arts. In his time there, he has also held the role of Head of Movement. ALRA is one of England’s top drama schools, focusing on the training of professional actors and stage managers.

Kieran has worked as a freelance Movement Director in Opera, Circus and Theatre with notable credits at Glyndebourne Opera and RSC. He has an extensive investment in working within applied settings having developed innovative creative movement schemes for Opera North, ice&fire Theatre Company, Access All Areas and Magic Me. For three years he co-developed The Cope Project with Julie Johns at The Butterfly Foundation using creative movement as a tool to support victims of domestic abuse.

Kieran has created work that has toured nationally funded by Arts Council England featuring in major dance houses and small-scale fringe theatres. He is currently a trustee for Westminster Arts, Governor for the Creative Arts Academy York and a Higher Education Reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency.

Sarah Milligan

Sarah Milligan

Consultant

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Sarah established a bespoke IT system for us and has generously donated and set up a business support contract for our IT needs with Christchurch firm, The WiseGuys, who are able to offer remote support and advice. We are very grateful to Sarah, and delighted to be able to benefit from her generosity in this way.

 

I think that the work that hArt is doing is fantastic and am delighted to help however I can.

 
Mary Wallbank

Mary Wallbank

Consultant

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Mary has a very high level of charity expertise. Having originally trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with a national firm she worked in general practice in different parts of the country, steadily developing her personal interest in charity work into a professional specialism. She now has over twenty years of experience within the charity sector, and has helped and advised many different types of charities, large and small, over the years. This interest and experience has developed an excellent knowledge and understanding of the sector. 

Having settled in Hampshire seventeen years ago she built and led a prestigious team of charity and community sector specialists with a prominent and reputable accountancy practice, Charity Management Services.

Rachael Williams

Rachael Williams

Maker, Lecturer, Art Facilitator

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Rachael graduated with a first class honours degree in Contemporary Craft from MMU specialising in textiles, ceramics and metals. She has worked and exhibited as a maker; her current practice is informed by her interests in form, process and print and explores repair. Rachael has taught at a number of local Colleges and has lectured at the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) since 2002, where she is currently lecturing on the Foundation Diploma in Art, Design, Media & English.

Rachael has wide experience of running community and young people’s workshops in schools, galleries and museums. She is delivering the current programme of workshops for the AUB Gallery and Widening Participation. Rachael works as an Arts Facilitator with hArt. Alongside Sam Lewis, Rachael has recently co-facilitated a successful project, funded by National Mind. Rachael and Sam are currently co-delivering an Arts and Wellbeing programme for hArt in collaboration with the New Forest National Park Authority.

I was immediately inspired by the ethos of hArt and the ideas and enthusiasm of both Annie and Sam on first meeting them. I have hugely enjoyed being involved with the Solent Mind project from its start to fruition and am looking forward to many more opportunities and successes for hArt in the future.

Hilary Ball

Hilary Ball

Artist, Teacher, Volunteer

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Hilary grew up locally, attained a B.A.Hons degree in Fine Art from Wimbledon School of Art and made a career working as a costumier to the film business in the 1980s and 90s. More recently, Hilary has acquired qualifications in patchwork and quilting and teaching. She is currently making prints.

 

My involvement with hArt was inspired by spending time with a family member who had lost the ability to remember. There was pleasure for her and for me in making some kind of sense in her world.

 
Emma Chesters

Emma Chesters

Musician, Teacher, Volunteer

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Emma is trained as a classical violinist and pianist, having studied at Chethams School of Music, Manchester and the Royal College of Music, London.  In addition to private instrumental teaching, Emma’s career has included devising, setting up and running the London Symphony Orchestra’s innovative Education programme for many years as well as managing a number of smaller chamber orchestras.

Emma has also taught both privately for many years and, more recently, in primary schools as part of Surrey Arts programme of instrumental teaching.  She has also a great deal of experience as a primary school Teaching and Learning Support Assistant, specialising in working with Autistic children.

 

We are actively seeking therapists, arts facilitators, artists and makers as well as volunteers to help in a variety of ways. We will be delighted to provide further information to anyone wanting to join us in this exciting new project. 

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