Meet the Prema team

Abby Conway – Education Officer

Abby grew up in Bournemouth and went on to study for her degree in Illustration at the University of the West of England and is currently studying for her MA in Multidisciplinary Print. Abby joined Prema in 2009 and has had an interesting career as an illustrator, University lecturer and now juggles her time at Prema with being a maker of products and designs, a spot of teaching as well as being a creative Mum to her little blond bombshell – the swing-loving, inquisitive and very dashing Noah. Abby can be contacted on

Bean Coombs – Finance Officer

Bean grew up in Surrey and studied Business and Finance at Guildford College and has subsequently secured a host of accountancy qualifications. She has held finance posts in a number of firms throughout London before moving to Gloucestershire in 2004 and joining the Prema Gang in 2008. Bean is an absolute whizz with numbers and calculators and makes an art form out of pulling all Prema’s sporadic streams of money into one, neat spreadsheet. In addition to her time at Prema, Bean is often spotted tazzing around the area collecting her children – the very creative and wonderful Joe and younger, happy-go-lucky, smiler Daisy – from various playgroups, schools and creative activities. Bean can be mailed at

Helen Rimmer – Development Manager/Deputy Director

Helen grew up in Yorkshire and studied Fine Art Sculpture at Loughborough University and then for her MA in Feminism and Visual Arts at University of Leeds. After a number of jobs across Manchester, London, Shropshire and Birmingham, Helen moved to Gloucestershire in 2003 to take up a post with Art Shape Limited. She joined Prema’s team in 2008 and has been developing Prema’s outreach programme and writing copious numbers of funding bids ever since. Outside Prema, Helen spends her time in developing her own creative practice (especially kiln-formed glass) and looking after her daughter – the livewire bundle of loveliness, Ezrie Rose. Helen can be contacted at

Gordon Scott – Artistic Director

Gordon grew up in Dursley and then moved to London to study music at Kingston Polytechnic. He joined Prema in 1991 as resident musician and moved onto become Prema’s Education Officer in 1993 and then took on the role of Artistic Director in 1996. His length of service at Prema suggests either a crushing lack of ambition or that he loves everything about Prema and the crazy things which go on there! When not at his desk, Gordon spends his time playing piano, watching French films (as well as the occasional piece of Hollywood trash!) and trying not to trip over any of the three cats at home (who seem to have a knack of swerving in front of him at the most inopportune moments). Gordon’s email address is

Mark Crowe – Technical Officer

Mark grew up on the North Lincolnshire coast and moved to Gloucestershire to join Prema in 1997. He studied photography and video at De Montfort University and maintains his passions for both digital and film-based media. In addition to working at Prema, Mark spends some of his week with Global Organics and in his spare time risks life and limb through his love of mountain biking, snowboarding and penchant for Jagermeister and Scrumpy (although not necessarily at the same time!). Mark is contactable on