Laurence Vandenborre is the Founder and Managing Director of The Red Pencil and a Registered Arts Therapist, with a background in professional counselling and life coaching.
Laurence started practicing arts therapy at Raffles Hospital, in Singapore, for a few years before opening her own private practice “The Arts Therapy Studio”. For years, her interest has included working with adults and family dynamics, in a multicultural context, helping them to journey through their challenges towards a happier, more fulfilled and hopeful life.
Laurence has served as a Board Director of Very Special Arts Singapore, a charity whose mission is to bring the benefits of the arts for people with disabilities. She is currently a Board Member of The Art Therapy Association of Singapore (ATAS) and of the Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association (ANZACATA).
Laurence holds a Masters of Arts in Germanic Philology (Dutch and English) from the University of Louvain-La-Neuve (LLN, Belgium) and a Masters Degree in Art Therapy (LASALLE College of the Arts, accredited by the UK Open University). She has also received diplomas in Teaching Aggregation (University of LLN), Corporate Coaching (USA Corporate Coach U), Applied Skills Counselling (Singapore), and Expressive Therapies (Australian Institute of Expressive Therapies and US National Institute of Expressive Therapy).
Siew Ching has over 12 years of leadership experience across social service, healthcare and public sectors. She has vast experience in managing business operations, programme implementation and corporate governance. Her expertise includes strategic planning, partnership development, community outreach and volunteer management.
Prior to her current role, Siew Ching was the Executive Director for a non-profit organisation and an Assistant Director at the National Council of Social Service. She holds a Masters of Art in Philosophy from the National University of Singapore and a First Class Honours in Psychology (Gold Award) from SIM University.
Siew Ching is passionate about serving the community and making a difference for others. Besides volunteering at local charitable organisations, she travelled overseas to help the needy.
Kee Yun brings with her over 14 years of experience in journalism and communications. For eight years, she had the privilege of being an entertainment journalist with The New Paper. In addition to her journalistic experience, she has also done marcomm work in the sports, recreation and hospitality industries, including the Football Association of Singapore, Sembawang Country Club, and The Scarlet Hotel.
An interesting fact about Kee Yun: She spent a couple of years as a kindergarten teacher! That experience as a preschool educator taught her the importance of patience and empathy — skills that have been invaluable to her career.
As she moves into her 40s, she looks forward to creating an impact on a deeper level for the community. Communication can be a powerful tool for positive change and she is excited to use her skills and experience to make a difference.
Shaun has loved to draw since he was young, with that passion evolving into a deep interest in the fields of visual design and storytelling. This took him down the path of pursuing Communications and new Media as a degree at the National University of Singapore, where his ethos of focusing on human connectedness and lived experiences was shaped. He hopes to use his design sensibilities to advocate for the arts, so as to spark meaningful conversations among communities in need.
In his free time, Shaun can often be found starting a new K-drama, tinkering on his in-game ships in Starfield, or trying to send projects during his bouldering sessions.
Christine started her career in early childhood education as a teacher and subsequently a principal for twenty-five years. She has worked very closely with children aged 18 months to 12 years old and their families. Christine’s strong personal interest in art since young and the process of counselling students with challenging behaviours alongside their parents and educators had led her to pursue a Masters in Art Therapy with LASALLE College of the Arts in 2008. Upon graduation, she has been teaching the short course in the campus to promote art therapy.
In December 2010, Christine started her private practice to bring resolutions and freedom, to enrich and to advocate self-care. Christine has also been bringing successful interventions to children as young as two years old and adults in their golden years who face different adversities. She always puts the psychological safety of the clients first and she believes in building strong authentic therapeutic alliances with them.
Christine finds joy in witnessing different individuals experience breakthroughs and transformation! It is also extremely fulfilling for her to be able to bring strong ripple effects of art therapy to many different communities leading to lifelong therapeutic benefits!
For Pei Ling, art has been a major source of enjoyment and healing since childhood. Initially into animation, Pei Ling’s interests soon morphed into a love for surrealism and visual social commentary. As she grappled to reconcile her interests in pursuing social work and the arts, she witnessed how music supported domestic violence survivors during her stint at the Ministry of Social and Family Development. This memorable encounter struck a chord in her heart, emphasising to her the respite and solace that art can provide to individuals and communities in need.
Outside of work, the psychology graduate from Temasek Polytechnic can be found doing grocery shopping for the latest recipes she discovered. She also enjoys analysing films and runs an art account in her free time.
Lay Choo holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the National University of Singapore and is a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants. She has extensive experience in finance roles in both private and public-listed companies, as well as statutory boards. In her leisure time, she enjoys watching travel variety shows. Recently she has been inspired by the efforts of non-profit organisations in improving people’s well-being. Joining The Red Pencil provides her with the opportunities where she could grow and make a positive impact to the community.
Nicole first discovered art therapy during a visit to Lebanon in 2017, where she witnessed the power of the art that brought Lebanese communities together. It inspired her to embark on her journey as an art therapist. She aims to use the power of art to inspire hope among different communities within Singapore and beyond. Her clinical experience includes working with children with special needs, adolescents, and adults with various mental and emotional health needs.
Nicole holds a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from LASALLE College of the Arts, accredited by Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in English with a Minor in Sociology from Nanyang Technological University, and she holds a Diploma in Media and Communication from Singapore Polytechnic.
Joey has over 2 decades of leadership experience in startups and established enterprises. His strengths lie in implementing effective strategies that help break new ground and scale untapped opportunities.
He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in a variety of cultures in Southeast Asia. Joey has held leadership positions in non-profit and corporate sectors, including Aries Fresh Pte Ltd, a leading trading company in Singapore.
Joey holds a Master of Business Administration from The University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Business Administration from National University of Singapore. He is also a sword winner and marksman in Singapore Armed Forces.
Passionate about creating solutions to life’s challenges, Joey strives to help others journey through life and bring out the best in them. With the keen support of like-minded donors and his colleagues, he aims for The Red Pencil to quickly scale up so that more beneficiaries can start to heal and grow.