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 (ANZATA).
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).
Jacqueline joined The Red Pencil (Singapore) as General Manager after taking a two-year sabbatical as Head of Administration and Finance in the sector of mental health. She has 24 years of management experience across the private and non-profit sectors in sustainability, corporate administration and business development. Her expertise spans strategic partnerships and development, governance and corporate social responsibility. Some of these roles involved starting up and leading new initiatives, in alignment to organisational strategy and development.
Joyce has been working in the communications and research field for more than 10 years. She has a master's degree in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore and an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's degree in Digital Communication Leadership from University of Salzburg and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her bachelor's degree is from the University of the Philippines.
Joyce is originally from the Philippines and has lived in Singapore, Austria and Belgium. Growing up in a developing country, she is passionate about becoming an agent of social change and hopes that her work at The Red Pencil will enable her to do that.
Janet is a passionate researcher and evaluator in love with her life and the people in it. She has been working in the Development sector for more than 10 years and have had the privilege to work with people from across South East Asia.
She likes to look for solutions and is guided by what Scarlett O’Hara says in Gone with the Wind – “After all, tomorrow is another day!”
She has a lovely daughter at home who makes sure that she remembers rhymes as well as she does 🙂
Yoko has been passionate about art since young. Her love for art therapy was seeded from her volunteer work for Children's Cancer Foundation since she moved to Singapore in 2013 and had a career shift from architecture to art. Currently, Yoko is serving a few local charity and educational institutions in the capacities as an artist, art educator, or art therapist. Her clinical practice focuses on the population with special needs, chronic illness, physical challenges, women, and children.
Yoko holds a Master of Art Therapy from LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore and accredited by Goldsmith’s College, University of London. She also holds a Master of Architecture from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Diploma in Fine Art from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. Yoko is an award-recipient of The most promising artist of the year, emerging artist, Singapore, from the Painting of the Year Competition 2016 by United Overseas Bank (UOB). She also won an Honorable Mention of the juried art exhibition from the 36th International Association for the Study of Dreams in the Netherlands.
Estelle’s journey with the arts started accidentally when her mother enrolled her 6-year-old self in a group electone class. Since then, she has gone on to learn the electronic keyboard and the piano and has sung with various choirs. Having benefited from the power that the arts have in individual expression and transformation, she is humbled to be a part of The Red Pencil (Singapore). Prior to her current role, the National University of Singapore Sociology graduate worked in the arts and cultural sector as a producer and arts manager.
Since 2015, her weekends are spent with non-auditioned community choir Vox Camerata as a Soprano Section Leader where she guides members in their journeys of self-discovery through their voices.
Originally from the UK and a graduate from London South Bank University, Singapore has been home to Shu for over 10 years. She has over two decades of commercial experience having worked in partnership marketing and business development disciplines across a variety of sectors.
Having quit the corporate rat-race, Shu has spent several years working with non-profit organisations to enable her to contribute to enterprises that are of real value to society. A natural networker at heart, Shu strives to foster strong working relationship and win-win solutions.
Outside of work, Shu enjoys long-distant running. She is also a keen advocate of current health and wellness issues and currently serving as an Ambassador volunteer for ‘Over the Rainbow' initiatives in promoting youth mental wellness as a top life priority.