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Executive Team

Mark Burns Cassell


Mark left his career working in advertising in 2013 and founded MBC, in order to share his love of creative arts with others in the community. At the time Mark had no idea that this initial dream would grow into becoming the successful arts organisation MBC Arts Wellbeing is today. Mark has ambitious plans for the future, and great belief in the company’s potential to facilitate even greater transformational change within the creative economy of Sunderland and beyond. Mark has seen first hand the power of art and wellbeing to effect lasting and lifelong positive change in the lives of others.


When not at work Mark enjoys keeping fit, escaping to the quiet of the countryside, weekends away exploring new places, reading, interior design and being creative.

Lesley Dixon


Lesley is responsible for managing the operational aspects within the business to make sure everything runs smoothly and efficiently. With a wealth of experience in education and wellbeing, from a long and distinguished career as a deputy head of a primary school, Lesley is the go-to person for ensuring all activities and workshops are packed with fun, creative and educational tools to develop your skills.


In her spare time Lesley enjoys Pilates, soap-making and yoga. Recently she made a 3-tier soap cake for a baby shower. Her family and friends are extremely important to her and there is nothing Lesley enjoys more than a nice relaxing family holiday somewhere hot!

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Andrew Leach 

Digital Marketing Manager

Andrew is responsible for  all marketing

and communications for the business. You can find Andrew working on social media campaigns, marketing projects, PR campaigns and dealing with internal communications. 

With a PR background, Andrew enjoys building relationships with stakeholders to ensure they are getting the most out of their time with MBC Arts Wellbeing 


In his spare time, you can catch Andrew socialising with his friends,

taking his dog, Lola, out for a walk or enjoying a nice holiday somewhere warm. 

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