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

Emerson Mayes (CEO) is passionate about New Light, its work and its aims, and knows the charity inside out, having worked with us since our inception. He has previously been a mentor to the winning artist, a committee member and a Director, before taking on the role of CEO. His working life as a practising artist, alongside the experience he has of New Light, puts him in a unique position to oversea the charity.

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.

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.

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.