CBNE announces new Advisory Board Chair and Vice Chair

05 November 2018

CBNE announces new Advisory Board Chair and Vice Chair

Culture Bridge North East has appointed Helix Arts’ Chief Executive, Catherine Hearne, as its Advisory Board Chair and Gemma Dyer, Prince’s Trust Public Sector Partnerships Manager North, as Vice Chair

Culture Bridge North East supports schools and other organisations to engage children and young people in culture and the arts.

Catherine Hearne said: "I'm delighted to be joining Culture Bridge North East as Chair of the Advisory Board. The management team and the Board are all hard-working, ambitious and enthusiastic about connecting children and young people with talented artists and high quality arts organisations. I feel lucky to be part of it all!"

Earlier in Catherine’s career, she trained as a producer and director with the BBC. Between 2007-2013 she sat on the BBC News Board, England, and was BBC News, Head of Midlands, until 2013. Catherine then went on to complete a Masters degree at Warwick University.

Catherine also taught for 10 years and was one of the first advisory teachers for media education, funded by the British Film Institute, producing films, radio and newspapers with schools and community groups in the North East.

Gemma Dyer will take on the role of vice Chair, She explains: “Strengthening the connection between arts and education is vitally important for the development of our young people in the region therefore I’m thrilled to be part of the dynamic team leading this initiative.”

Gemma has worked in the voluntary community & social enterprise sector for 14 years in many functions including finance, project development, operations management and fundraising. Her focus includes social mobility, education and women & girls equality and empowerment.

Elvie Thompson, CBNE programme manager, said: “Catherine and Gemma bring a wealth of skills and experience that will be of great value to Culture Bridge North East. We are all very much looking forward to working with them and thrilled to have made the appointment.”  

  • Helix Arts connects high quality artists with diverse communities across the North East to make great art together. An Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisaiton, its work includes dance and health programme Falling on your Feet, digital music making programme Off the Beat and a training programme with community volunteers and artists, Make Art Happen.