Meet the team
Becky Newman-Smith – Founder
Schools – All Saints C of E, Bishops Stortford; Hartsfield JMI, Baldock; St Albans Home Education Group
Becky studied Textile Design at university and worked as a freelance designer before running a bespoke trimmings business based in London. She then trained as a primary teacher and worked in schools for a number of years. It was always a dream to run a business which focused on providing specialist art teaching, allowing children to tap into their creativity outside of the restraints of the school curriculum. In 2015 she took the plunge and Art Explorers was born.
Kate Nicholson – Club Leader
Schools – Bengeo Primary, Hertford (Thursdays); Abel Smith Primary, Hertford (Fridays)
Kate joined the team in 2017 and currently runs two of our after school clubs. She is a talented artist and jewellery maker with lots of experience working with primary aged children. Kate is caring and fun, always working hard to make sure that the children in her clubs achieve their potential and are super proud of their work. She has an enhanced DBS certificate and is fully insured.
Gail Carter – Club Leader
School – Christ Church C of E, Ware
We are so lucky to have Gail on out Art Explorers team. She has a degree in printed textile design and worked for many years in the fashion and design industry. She also has lots of experience working with children in art and craft workshops and is committed to making sure all children reach their artistic potential. She has an enhanced DBS certificate and is fully insured.
Yolanda Addy – Club Leader
Schools – Mill Mead Primary, Hertford; Bengeo Primary, Hertford (Tuesdays); Morgans Primary, Hertford
Yolanda has a degree in Art and Design and has worked for a number of years as a freelance artist and designer. She also has lots of experience working with children, having managed an after school club in a primary school. She is very keen to get creative and share her love of art with the children in art club. She has an enhanced DBS certificate and is fully insured.
Katie Mundy – Club Leader
School – Abel Smith Primary, Hertford (Wednesdays)
As well as running a fantastic after school club for us, Katie is a talented fine artist, specialising in painting. She has a degree in fine art and experience of running art after school clubs in primary schools whilst at university. Katie is passionate about the importance of art in children’s lives and is a real asset to the Art Explorers team. She has an enhanced DBS certificate and is fully insured.
Poonam Tapre – Club Leader
School -Sacred Heart Catholic Primary, Bushey
Poonam loves all things arty and has experience of working in a wide variety of media. She paints and draws as well as working with clay and other 3D materials. She is very keen to share her passion and has lots of experience of leading art sessions for children. Having previously worked as a teaching assistant, she is excellent at recognising the potential in all children and helping them to reach their goals. She has an enhanced DBS certificate and is fully insured.