Meet the team

Alison Jones

Alison Jones

Programme Manager for Public and Community Learning, Tate Liverpool

Alison’s role includes managing the Tackling The Blues programme, building upon Tate Liverpool’s 30 years’ experience of delivering socially engaged, and deeply participatory, collaborative practice. She is a strong advocate of utilising creative learning to help tackle health inequalities and social injustice.

Professor Andy Smith

Professor Andy Smith

Professor of Sport and Physical Activity

Andy is the research lead for the programme with expertise in research in sport, education and mental health.

Aston Munro

Aston Munro

Research Assistant, Edge Hill University

Aston is responsible for measuring the impact of the programme on children and young people and will evaluate how student mentors benefit from knowledge exchange opportunities. Meet Aston by watching his introduction video.

Emily McCurrie

Emily McCurrie

Partnership Development and Engagement Manager, Edge Hill University

Emily will focus on developing partnership engagement with schools and education providers to create opportunities for student employability, work experience and enrichment activities. Watch Emily’s introduction video.

Dr Emma Curd

Dr Emma Curd

Tackling the Blues Coordinator, Tate Liverpool

Emma will oversee the development and delivery of the new arts strand and will work to encourage young people to use art as a tool to explore, understand and aid their emotional health and wellbeing. Watch Emma’s introduction video.

Dr Helen O’Keeffe

Dr Helen O’Keeffe

Associate Dean (Students & External)

Helen is the overall lead for the programme, responsible for the strategic delivery of Tackling the Blues and all associated funding.

Jack Mullieneux

Jack Mullieneux

Senior Tackling the Blues Coordinator, Everton Football Club

Watch Jack’s introduction video.

James Ratcliffe

James Ratcliffe

Tackling the Blues Coordinator, Everton in the Community

James will help develop the programme’s sports and physical activity strand. James completed his MSc in Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health at Edge Hill, where he was a lead mentor on Tackling the Blues. Watch James’ introduction video.

Louise Habberfield

Louise Habberfield

Faculty External Relations and Communication Manager, Edge Hill University

Louise is responsible for ensuring effective communications throughout the partnership and promoting the programme as a whole.

Louise Shannon

Louise Shannon

Head of Programme Delivery, Tate Liverpool

Louise is responsible for the Exhibitions and Learning Teams and will be acting as the strategic lead on Tackling the Blues on behalf of Tate Liverpool.

Mike Salla

Mike Salla

Director of Health and Sport, Everton Football Club

Mike leads the Tackling the Blues team at Everton in the Community.

Phil McClure

Phil McClure

Tackling the Blues Coordinator, Tate Liverpool

Phil will oversee the development and delivery of the new arts strand and they will work to encourage young people to use art as a tool to explore, understand and aid their emotional health and wellbeing. Watch Phil’s introduction video.

Rachel Wilcock

Rachel Wilcock

Research Assistant, Edge Hill University

Rachel is responsible for measuring the impact of the programme on children and young people and will evaluate how student mentors benefit from knowledge exchange opportunities. Watch Rachel’s introduction video.

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