Our Team Members

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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.

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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.

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Ruby Mateja

Communications Manager

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 and social inclusion.

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Heather Whatley

Programmes & Partnerships Manager

Heather joined the Talitha team in January 2022 - she is originally from Oklahoma, USA and has a varied background with a master degree and a bachelor degree in international business. She loves the arts and has witnessed how the creative arts can heal and restore hope in unique and profound ways that no other medium can. She is the person who connects with existing / new partners and organises Talitha-led workshops with the mission to work alongside a breadth of organisations to make a real change in lives through creative expression.

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Eleanor Swann

Creative Fundraising Director

Eleanor is a multimedia artist, passionate about art and nature. She studied visual communication design and is especially interested in the restorative power of the arts to energise and engage. She combines creative projects, including interactive sound and visual design, with fundraising, programme development and branding and communications.

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Becky Gibbs

Therapeutic Arts Director

Becky joined the Talitha team in January 2022 with a background specialising in art and drama. After training at Guildford School of Acting, Becky has since been working predominantly in theatre and creative facilitation work. She is passionate about using integrated art forms to help build confidence, empowerment and hope and has vast experience working creatively with vulnerable adults and children.

Meet Our Team

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