Mike White is Senior Research Fellow in Arts in Health at the Centre for Medical Humanities and St. Chadâ€™s College, University of Durham, UK. His work for the Centre has included long-term community projects and workforce development programmes in arts in health, contributions to interdisciplinary research and evaluation, and commissioned audits and literature reviews of arts in health for Government agencies. In 2005 he was awarded a fellowship of the UKâ€™s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts to research community-based arts in health and build national/international links in this field. A resulting book Arts Development in Community Health â€“ a social tonic was published by Radcliffe in 2009. He was the recipient of the first Healthway (Australia) International Fellowship in Arts and Health in 2007, and in 2010 he was given the Royal Society for Public Health award for outstanding contribution to arts in health research and practice. He was previously at Gateshead Council where he developed many arts in health and arts for older people projects, as well as public art commissions such as the landmark Angel of the North by Antony Gormley. He has also worked as Development Director of the influential celebratory theatre company Welfare State International, and a long time ago he was a founder member of WOMAD, the international music festival agency.