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The Art Room Announce the Appointment of CEO Lisa Harker

7 March 2016

The Art Room’s Board of Trustees are delighted to announce the appointment of Lisa Harker for the newly created role of Chief Executive Officer. On 12 April 2016, Lisa will be joining The Art Room from her role as Director of Strategy, Policy and Evidence for the NSPCC.

Lisa will work closely with The Board and Juli Beattie, Founder Director, to lead this national charity in its exciting stage of development and growth. Building on a 25 year career dedicated to advancing policy and practice to improve the lives of children, Lisa has recently been a pivotal figure in crafting a new five-year strategy for the NSPCC. She has been instrumental in driving forward the NSPCC’s research and development programs, policy and campaigning work and building stronger relationships with Government both centrally and across the UK.

The Art Room is looking forward to welcoming Lisa and to the next phase in the organisation’s drive to build a sustainable financial model and expand the charity’s activities. Juli Beattie, Founder Director said on Lisa’s appointment “This is an exciting time for The Art Room and we are delighted to appoint such a passionate individual as Lisa, who brings a wealth of experience with children’s policy and commitment to interventions that enhance the lives of children. The Art Room is in an extremely exciting and strong position and ready to extend to new horizons. We look forward to Lisa joining the team and to the next phase of development which will build on our mission to support many more children at a time they most need it.”

The decision to appoint a CEO for The Art Room reflects the recent growth, from its Oxford origins, to a nationally recognized charity working in the education and arts sector. At present, the charity works with over 500 children each week in socially deprived areas of the UK, and has 8 rooms in Oxford, London and Edinburgh. The Art Room offers art as therapy to young people who face complex needs and may benefit from respite from their time at school. The Art Room’s mission is to help children and young people re-engage with education and avoid exclusion and to make a difference to as many children and schools as possible.

Prior to joining the NSPCC in 2011, Lisa was Co-Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research and led the organisation through a period of significant change. She has held positions advising the Department for Work and Pensions on child poverty and worked with Save the Children, Child Poverty Action Group and with the Daycare Trust.