Our board


We have a board of 6 Trustees with wide and extensive experience in healthcare, arts, young people’s services, charity work and business.

We all share the same passion – to provide a high-quality service that can make a real and lasting difference for young people and their families.

About our board of Trustees:

Matt Daniel – is Chief Operating Officer at Brain in Hand where he leads on improvement and the implementation of assisitive technology in local support services.  Prior to this, Matt managed the Training and Consultancy team at YoungMinds and has extensive experience working across heath, education and social care.  He believes passionately in the therapeutic power of the arts.

Dr Paul Gray (Chair) – Paul’s background includes senior roles within children and young peoples services. He has experience of being a trustee for Exeter CVS including safeguarding responsibilities.

Hugh Groves (Treasurer) is a former a Director of Finance and has worked across most NHS settings, as a commissioner and provider of services including mental health and wellbeing services. Hugh continues to work for the NHS on a part time basis supporting its personalised care programme. Hugh was delighted to be appointed as Treasurer with Youth Arts and Health Trust which is an excellent match with his professional experience and more importantly, his personal values.

Ralph Haywood – Ralph has a senior role with local NHS mental health services and has experience of commissioning and managing services.

Dr Vik Mohan – Vik is an experienced GP for the student health centre at Exeter University who has an in mental health and how creativity can improve well-being. He is the founder of a leading international charity tackling sexual health and family planning.

Sue Shaw – Sue has recently retired from being a Director of a leading housing association and has experience of governance, strategy and development. She is also a qualified counsellor and passionate advocate for young people.

We are also in the process of recruiting a young person trustee (under 25).

We have benefited from working closely with Dr Paul Dieppe, Emeritus Professor of Health and Wellbeing at Exeter University on our evaluation methodology.

About our Charity Director

Laura Blatherwick – Laura is our founder and an arts therapist who has held senior roles previously including as Clinical Lead for arts therapies and specialist counselling within a South-West based NHS Psychotherapy Service.  Before she qualified as an arts therapist in 2008, she worked extensively in the charity sector, designing and delivering arts projects and training programmes to bring about personal, social and communty change.

We are a registered charity no. 1170692.