Board of Directors

CHAIR - Philip
SECRETARY - Caroline
Philip joined the A.R.T.s committee in 2014 and for the last 12 months has taken on the role of Chair.
Philips background is in Electronics where, since graduating from Napier in Edinburgh, he has worked across a variety of technologies from small start ups to large multinationals. Experience that has helped him develop skills in problem solving, project planning and also working with teams of mixed disciplines. Initially he was asked to join the comittee to help with any technical queries during performances but also because of his regular attendance at live music events covering a broad spectrum of genres (string quartets to black metal).
Since joining the Comittee Philip has attended and helped at a number of events - fund raising performance evenings and the Edinburgh torchlight parade as well as attending training on Child Protection Policy.
If he is not here... he is probably on his bike.
Helen lives in South Lanarkshire and works with a social care organisation in Edinburgh . She has previous experience of working with young people at Arts Afternoon and also as a Sports Coach for Lanark Tennis Club and South Lanarkshire Leisure. Her two wonderful children keep her entertained, while also using her as a taxi service. Her interests are music,photography and film. Over the years Helen has helped with events and residentials and more recently been involved with Pulse of the Place. Helen says, "I have always felt welcome and included and am proud to be a part of this organisation". Caroline is new to the Committee having joined the Board in late 2018.
Born in Sunderland, moved to Scotland following the completion of postgraduate study in librarianship and information studies at Robert Gordon’s, then Institute of Technology, in 1986. Following this Caroline worked almost exclusively as a Librarian in a variety of libraries in the public sector, the National Library of Scotland as Curator at the Scottish Science Library and most recently in the academic sector at Queen Margaret and Heriot Watt Universities. Caroline has an excellent my package of skills, particularly in communications and team working, that will prove useful to the Board and is happy to offer her services having lived in Leith for over 30 years and already knowing the good work Arts Afternoons/Pulse of the Place does as her own, now grown up, children attended various clubs and groups for many years. Caroline is now therefore happy to contribute in any way that can to help other young people in the local area benefit from the groups. I have attended Committees throughout my working life and was Secretary to the School Board at my children’s primary school for many years and have a knowledge of the Committee structure and functions.
Amy has over 20 years experience in the video producton and digital media industries, having worked in the fields of video, design and web. With a main interest in strategy, planning and project management Amy founded a video production and strategy company in Leith in 2011 which collaborates with many other creative disciplines to support businesses in their digital marketing and video creation. Amy was first involved with ARTS Afternoons around eight years ago when her son started drumming, and was really impressed with the organisation's inclusivity and positivity while bringing together and supporting a diverse group of young people. Amy was keen to work with ARTS Afternoons and became a board member in 2019. Kobi has worked in education and youth work for the last 18 years, specialising in working with vulnerable groups of young people. Currently working for a National Youth Work Charity in Edinburgh, focusing for the last 3 years on building capacity for community Youth Work organisations across Scotland. Kobi is a huge believer in the work Arts Afternoon do in the community having seen the positive impact Pulse of the Place has had with his daughter who is part of the group.
A big football fan, Kobi likes to muck in as a volunteer coach with his son’s local school team. He tells us he’s in the ‘tracksuit manager’ mould…