THE TEAM

These are the people who, in addition to our Board and Patron, make everything happen in New Light.

Penny Hartley is New Light’s Operations Co-ordinator. She has a background mainly in Museum Management but has experience in a variety of roles. She is particularly drawn to the arts and is passionate about promoting the talent in the North of England.


Elizabeth Simmonds has worked in public relations, copywriting and administration for businesses in a wide variety of sectors and is a Press Officer for Opera North. She has a keen interest in contemporary art and, since moving to North Yorkshire, is particularly passionate about the rich artistic heritage of the North.


Heidi Donohoe is the founder of Platform Arts. She is also a freelance curator, forging innovative collaborations with emerging and established artists to engage people with art in both conventional and unexpected places. Heidi has worked in academia for a decade, working as a curriculum leader and lecturing on the BA Fine Art course within the Faculty of Arts, Harrogate & Hull Schools of Art and Design. A visual artist herself, Heidi has a MA in Visual Design and is studying for a MA in Gallery and Museums Studies, specialising in audience engagement.