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

Rebekah Tadd is our Development Director. Rebekah was born and bred in North Yorkshire. She studied History of Art before embarking upon a career in Marketing, Communications and Event Management for a variety of sectors in the corporate world. She now combines her expertise in these fields with her passion for the visual arts in her role as Development Director for New Light. Rebekah is particularly interested in promoting Northern Art, making contemporary art more accessible at a local level,and celebrating the regions rich and diverse artistic talent.


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

Beverley Isherwood studied Fine Art in the North of England. Throughout her working career she has worked both in the commercial and public realms, as an artists assistant and a Creative Development Assistant. Promoting artists and makers by providing and curating exhibition spaces and studios, developing opportunities to grow the visual arts within local communities.

Sarah Mate is our Collections Manager. Always a  “Yorkshire lass” at heart, Sarah studied History of Art at Warwick University before working as an Early Years Teacher.

Having spent recent years at the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate, as a Gallery Assistant and Educational Enabler, she is passionate about the ability of art to enrich lives. She is currently completing her MA in Museum Studies at Leicester where she is specialising in contemporary collecting and interpretations.

Lisa Watson is our Operations Co-ordinator. Lisa has drawn and painted for as long as she can remember. She has a BA Hons in Interior Architecture and is a practising artist too. She loves being part of New Light and enjoys experiencing the wide range of diversity that thrives in both the art and in the artists of the North of England.