The Team

The people behind Make it Better (Mitber) CIC

Creative Director – Ruth Purdy

I studied Fine Art BA Hons and PGCE in Birmingham, followed by an MA in Photography at Falmouth. For over ten years I have worked in over 14 care and housing schemes providing arts and making activities. Before this I worked in further education and in schools delivering arts education to a wide variety of learners. Here I worked closely with speech, language and occupational therapists and became familiar with inspection frameworks and person-centered planning.
 My work demonstrates how regular contact with creativity improves people lives’ by developing positive behaviours and thoughts.

Director – Ceciel Van Oevelen

Ceciel had been employed in the Import/ Export industry in the Netherlands before moving to Cornwall in 1985 where she designed and facilitated Community Arts projects. In 2015 she embarked on Silversmithing and Jewellery studies, graduating with a BA (Hons) in 2019 and now works as an independent Designer/ Maker with a passion for Conceptual jewellery.

Director – Sharon Baker

Sharon is a printmaker based in Birmingham. She has a long career as an arts facilitator and manages a charity providing access and participation in the arts to improve people’s health, wellbeing and quality of life. She is a director of Birmingham Printmakers, an artist-led organisation providing access to printmaking facilities.