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OYAP can be found at:



(former St. Edburgs School),

Cemetery Road,


OX26 6BB


Tel: 01869 602560

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Helen has been Director of OYAP Trust since 1998. She specialises in devising arts projects that are irresistibly engaging to reach the most vulnerable young people, and in mentoring emerging young artists at the start of their careers in participatory arts. She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and at London University, and has pursued a career as a theatre director, specialising in youth and community theatre.


"I am passionate about investing in the early careers of young artists and arts managers, so that they can go on to great things in future and create new opportunities for themselves and for the cultural communities they live in."

Donna joined OYAP Trust in September 2017 as Finance Administrator and has been General Manager since January 2019. She handles financial, compliance, team and venue management, and supports fundraising and programming initiatives. She has worked for Pegasus Theatre and Modern Art Oxford, managing operations, resources and income and has trained as an accountant. In a previous life she worked in brand management and business development.


"As someone whose path was fundamentally changed by the possibilities opened by art education, I believe this opportunity should be available to all young people."






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Meet the Team

We also have a small army of freelance artists, volunteers and supporters without which our work would not be posible.


If you have skills to share and would like to be part of this team please email us

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Some details about Janine are coming soon!

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Some details about Emma are coming soon!

Director: Helen Le Brocq

General Manager: Donna Waterer Young

Office and Programme Coordinator: Janine Squires

Music Matters Coordinator: Emma Doupé