The management of Artburst is overseen by our Management Committee; a group of individuals with a wide range of skills and expertise who hail from professions as varied as teaching, banking, museums, advertising and work in the voluntary sector.
Penny Embden, Co Founder of Artburst has years of experience working in the creative sector, as an Arts facilitator and Co-Director. Penny’s current position is, Youth Engagement Coordinator for the charity South Northants Youth Engagement Team.
A graduate of Nottingham University and a Chartered Accountant, Jill has international experience in the financial services sector. Following a 5 year stint in New York, Jill has worked as a Programme Manager in Finance for Deutsche Bank in London for the last 7 years.
Harriet is an Art Therapist and mental health professional based right on the Kent & East Sussex border. She is passionate about using creativity as a tool for managing and maintaining mental health and for processing the extremities life sometimes throws at us. Harriet specialises in working with children and teenagers using Art Therapy in her Art studio in Rye. Alongside this she creates a subscription for parents, art packs for children to support their mental wellbeing and mental health podcast called ‘Dawn Breaks’.
Chartered accountant with 20+ years experience working as a management accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Has experience volunteering on a variety of social enterprise initiatives including Artburst, Aspire Oxford and the School for Social Entrepreneurs.
Harry is a communications expert that has been working across the charity sector throughout his career, specialising in Government policy and the commissioning of vital public services. He currently works as a Director of External Affairs at the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, having previously worked for young person’s sexual health charity, Brook, alongside the Family Planning Association. Prior to that he worked for Turning Point, another charity which specialises in helping people and families of all ages with complex needs, including mental health problems, substance misuse and learning disabilities. Before Turning Point, Harry worked developing policy and communications strategies for the Co-operative Group, Oxfam, Shaun Woodward MP, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Defra.