Our Team Members

Jenna Thorne

Artistic Director

Jenna is an actor, director, and writer who combines her skills in the arts and organisational leadership to serve communities and restore hope, dignity and worth to vulnerable groups. Alongside her role at Talitha, she is also Creative Arts Director of LifeWorks Creative Arts Centre in Loughton, Essex. Jenna has worked in the creative arts and ministry sectors - providing and implementing creative resources for churches, and organisations. She is passionate about the arts in her community, and serves as the Chair of Loughton Art Trail. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts from East 15 Acting School (University of Essex) and a BA from University of Toronto.

Gaynor Yeomans

Head of Administration

Gaynor joined Talitha Arts in October 2016 as a volunteer in Administration. She became a member of staff in April 2017.

Gaynor completed a degree in French and Spanish at Leeds University in the 1980s and spent time living and working in both countries. Before Joining Talitha Arts, Gaynor worked as an Account Director for an international advertising agency in central London for 25 years. She has a daughter who is currently at university.

Ruby Mateja


Ruby joined the team in February 2021, to take on all things communications. With a background in social work, teaching and non-profit management, she now works part-time whilst studying Art Therapy. She is passionate about using positive media representation to advocate for equal rights, inclusion and diversity.

Dev Aditya

Head of Fundraising

Dev Aditya is an educationist with experience of upskilling learners across 10 countries. He set started his career with community fundraising and continues to support social causes across the UK and globally. Dev Aditya joined Talitha in 2021 to support their fundraising drive following the effects of the global pandemic. He believes in the importance of wellbeing, expression and self-development for all.

Amanda Root

Founder & Board Chair

Amanda is a professional actor and has performed in numerous theatre, film and TV roles. She has worked extensively with the RSC, as well as in the West End and on Broadway. Amanda played Anne Elliot in Roger Michell’s award-winning production of ‘Persuasion’. She has also directed several theatre productions and enjoys sculpting in her spare time.

Kate Snowden

Therapeutic Director

Kate has been involved with Talitha since 2011 as a practitioner and most recently as Therapeutic Director. She trained at the Royal Ballet School and danced professionally with the Royal Ballet, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin Staatsballett and Northern Ballet Theatre companies.

Meet Our Team

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