Chris ChaneyChief ExecutiveREAD MORE
Chris joined CW+ as Chief Executive in July 2016 and leads the charity to raise funds to provide new facilities, deliver our unique arts and health programme, and identify and embed next generation systems and technologies to support patients and staff. In addition to his charity role, Chris is strategic communications lead at the Trust and sits as a member of the Trust board.
Prior to CW+, Chris was Head of Major Gifts at the University of Cambridge and spent over ten years at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. Chris is currently a Trustee of Newlife - The Charity for Disabled Children and sits on grants committees at the True Colours Trust and the National Institute for Health Research.
James VarleyFinance DirectorREAD MORE
James in charge of the financial and investment affairs of the charity and also leads the innovation and grants teams. James is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Warwick University MBA where he focused on Mission Investing in NHS Charities.
James left KPMG for the charity sector where he has since worked for over 20 years, principally with major funding charities including Trust for London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. James is Treasurer and Trustee of the Royal Society of Sculptors and Trustee of the Harrow Academies Trust.
Kerry HuntingtonFundraising DirectorREAD MORE
Kerry is the Fundraising Director at the charity and her role, amongst other things, is to identify and implement future fundraising opportunities. Prior to joining the charity, Kerry was at children’s charity Barnardo’s for over eight years, where she was Challenge Events Manager.
Trystan HawkinsDirector of Patient EnvironmentREAD MORE
Trystan is responsible for leading the vision for arts and design for CW+ in order to provide a first class environment for every one using the hospital. Trystan has led numerous visual arts organisations, most recently the Royal Academy of Art (Bristol). He has a particular interest in the built environment and the impact of excellent design on the patient experience and clinical outcomes. In Plymouth he initiated and led a ground breaking art and design programme for the NHS which received acclaim from the Department of Health. Trystan was founder Director at Wysing Arts which was selected as a model of excellence by Arts Council England, was voted best place to enjoy the arts by ITV and where Trystan won a RIBA prize for his capital development of the centre.
Sarah HollandHead of CommunicationsREAD MORE
Sarah looks after all the communications for the charity. This includes updating the charity website and social media platforms, sending out communications and producing marketing materials for the charity. Sarah graduated in 2010 from Liverpool John Moores University, where she studied Media and Cultural Studies with Marketing. Sarah previously worked for Wedge Card, a loyalty shopping scheme for independent businesses, and sister company of The Big Issue.
Tom CarlisleDigital Innovation FellowREAD MORE
Tom’s role as Digital Innovation Fellow is part-funded by grants from the European Regional Development Fund and Rosetrees Trust. He works with partners across the NHS, industry and charity to identify digital innovations to support patients and the delivery of healthcare services.
Prior to joining CW+, Tom was an NHS Navigator for the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator, an award-winning programme, aimed at supporting the adoption of digital technologies in London’s NHS.
Tom has a PhD in sleep and respiratory physiology and has worked in research, clinical and informatics roles since joining the NHS in 2008.
Saskia DelmanDesign ManagerREAD MORE
Saskia joined CW+ as Design Manager in 2019, co-ordinating our programme of major design improvements at both hospital sites. Saskia works with the wider arts team to devise projects that achieve the best possible built environments, to improve patient experience.
In her previous role at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, Saskia ran the Arts Connect the Trusts Arts Service. Saskia led on the design and delivery of an extensive patient-facing programme of visual arts, music and theatre arts whilst working with PFI and Estates Teams to make improvement to clinics and departments across the two acute south-London Hospitals. Saskia has also worked as a freelance arts consultant delivering a portfolio of cultural built environment and events projects.
Henna KuivalainenGrants and Finance ManagerREAD MORE
Henna joined the charity in December 2016 and works closely with the Finance Director to look after all financial matters. She supports the maintaining of accurate financial records for the charity, prepares monthly management reports and processes payroll. She also looks after the CW+ grants process, supporting applicants with the application process and impact definition.
Henna has previously enjoyed work in the public and third sectors in Finland, and joined the charity after working as an EA in a small social housing company in London. Henna has degrees in Business Administration and Social Sciences, and a MSc in Social Policy.
Christina PeumaluHead of ParticipationREAD MORE
Christina is responsible for the charity’s creative engagement and participation projects. She trained at Winchester School of Art in Fine Art (Painting) and then went on to work in the community arts sector where she utilised her range of art skills, particularly working with people with mental health and learning disabilities. Christina then went on to complete her MA Art, Health and Wellbeing and has since led several ventures to introduce a programme of Art and Health for various projects and charities. Christina has also exhibited her own artwork as well as being commissioned to create artwork for organisations such as Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Cerys ThomasOffice ManagerREAD MORE
Cerys joined CW+ in August 2018 as Office Manager, ensuring the smooth running of our small but professional office. Before joining the charity, Cerys worked for HENI, a Soho-based international art services business offering publishing, print-making, digital solutions and art research, as well as a film production arm and a gallery space.
Previously, Cerys has worked for a number of high-profile creative companies, including The Guardian News & Media Group and Christie’s. Cerys graduated from Nottingham Trent University and prior to this attended Norwich School of Art and Design.
Andrew HallMusic and Sound Research ConsultantREAD MORE
Andrew oversees the research, development and implementation of new music and sound-based projects in the hospital. He is a composer, sound artist and regularly performing musician based in South London, whose work has been performed internationally and featured on BBC Radio 3.
He has a BA and MA in Music from the University of Bristol, and in 2015 completed a PhD project researching improvisation and creativity at Brunel University. This research led him to work with CW+ as Musician in Residence, where he collaborated with the hospital’s stroke team to create a set of interactive touch-screen instruments for elderly patients.
Carmel WoolmingtonArt and Design ManagerREAD MORE
Carmel manages and curates the CW+ permanent art collection and temporary exhibitions. She also manages a programme of environment enhancements throughout the Trust, including commissioning site specific artworks and project managing ward refurbishments.
Carmel graduated from Leeds Arts University in 2015 with a BA in Concepts and Communication. She later freelanced as a set and prop maker, working with artists and collectives such as Camille Walala, Lord Whitney and Bestival. Her transition into Arts in Health stemmed from a Mental Health commission with the Nightingale Project.
Heledd JoynerExecutive Assistant to the CEOREAD MORE
Heledd joined CW+ in June 2019 as Receptionist and Team Assistant. She supports the senior management and wider team alongside front of house duties.
Heledd graduated from the University of Bristol in 2018 with a BSc in Geography. She has previously worked in the Tourism Information Industry having worked in offices in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion and Bristol. Whilst studying, Heledd volunteered with City to Sea, a not-for-profit campaigning organisation preventing plastic pollution at source by connecting our actions to our oceans.
Abigail BalkitisArts AssistantREAD MORE
Abbie joined CW+ in January 2020. Supporting the Arts Team, Abbie assists with management of the hospital sound systems, and organisation of the regular lunchtime performances and ward visits. She works closely with the fantastic artists in the Arts For All programme, delivering musical and creative interventions as part of the CW+ focus on Arts for Health and Wellbeing.
Abbie graduated from the University of Leeds in 2015 with a BA in Art & Design. She went on to work at the University, in the Schools of Medicine and of Fine Art; here she was involved in programming Undergraduate Medicine, and the administration of AHRC funded arts projects, respectively. Since moving to London in 2019, she has worked within the arts sector, including holding a role with the Royal Collection Trust.
Tharsan GnanachandranFinance AssistantREAD MORE
Tharsan joined CW+ in January 2020 as Finance Assistant. He assists with ensuring all expenses and income is accurately processed and recorded. He also supports with other financial and other general inquiries.
Tharsan graduated from Middlesex University in 2017 with a BA in Business Management and Finance. He previously worked for a marketing company where he analysed data in an account assistant role.
Nikita SmithFundraising AssistantREAD MORE
Nikita joined CW+ in June 2019. She supports the fundraising team, in particular the fundraising director with a range of tasks from admin support to event coordination.
She liaises with and supports community fundraisers in a variety of events, from bake sales to marathons and even sponsored skydives!
Nikita graduated from Roehampton University with a BA in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies with Dance Studies and has a background in performance. Knowing the importance of art and the role it can play, she was keen to be part of a charity that uses art in health and patient healing.
Maria Esteller GonzalezAdministration AssistantREAD MORE
Maria joined CW+ in August 2021 as an Administration Assistant. She supports the Office Manager and the wider team to ensure the smooth running of our office.
Maria graduated from the University of A Coruna in 2016 with a BSc in Sports. She went on to work in the Swiss Alps and Italy for a few years and moved to London in 2019. While at university, Maria volunteered in several sport’s events, and she continues to do so in London as well as in some local charity shops.