Our Trustees and Directors

Our directors

Ways to Wellness Ltd has company directors who are legal responsible for the running of the company.

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Professor Chris Drinkwater | Chair and Trustee Chair

Professor Chris Drinkwater CBE, FRCGP, MFPH(Hon) was an inner city GP in Newcastle for many years and he is now emeritus Professor of Primary Care Development at Northumbria University. He was the President and Public Health Lead of the NHS Alliance until 2014. He is the Chair of HealthWORKS Newcastle, and a Trustee of the Northumberland, Tyne & Wear Community Foundation. Until recently he was chair of the Newcastle West CCG Partnership Forum and he also chaired the Newcastle NESTA funded People Powered Health programme.

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Sir Paul Ennals | Deputy Chair and Trustee

Sir Paul Ennals was Chief Executive of the National Children’s Bureau until 2011, and Chair of the Children’s Workforce Development Council until 2012. He has served on numerous government advisory bodies relating to children and to disability.

In 2013 Paul moved to the North East, and now supports a variety of local charities. He is also Chair of Haringey’s Safeguarding Children Board.

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Jane Hartley | Director

Jane brings with her many years of experience working in the NE voluntary sector primarily with a focus on health and wellbeing. She has broad experience of working within the sector including running a local infrastructure organisation and leading a significant service provider organisation, Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP), operating across Co. Durham and Tees Valley. She also has experience as a Trustee and Director of various small and medium charities and in a small community interest company working regionally. Latterly she has worked as a consultant supporting VCSE organisations across the North East and has built a strong credible reputation along the way.

Jane has been a Director/trustee of VONNE since 2010, took on the role as Chair in 2013 and was appointed as CEO in February 2015. Jane is qualified to Post Graduate level in Service Improvement & Innovation and is qualified as a coach and mentor. She is married with a daughter, is a keen cyclist, preferring to cycle in her beloved Teesdale, an area close to her heart and a regular competitor in the Great North Run.

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Kieran Conaty | Director and Trustee

Kieran is Deputy Chief Executive at Involve North East, the region’s leading Patient and Public Involvement specialist. He joined the organisation in 2011, having completed the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme. Before that, he worked in sales and marketing for Shell Oils and spent two years as a volunteer in Zambia and Ethiopia working for a NGO. He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Public Leadership.

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Mila Lukic | Corporate Director (Bridges)

Mila Lukic works for Bridges’ Social Sector Funds team, focusing on Social Impact Bond investments. Mila previously worked as a Management Consultant with Accenture and she also spent 4 years working on Education Generation, an online community working together to fund scholarships for young leaders in developing world countries to participate in some of the world’s most forward-thinking education programs. Mila holds a First Class Honours Bachelor of Science degree with a Joint Major Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and Business Administration from Simon Fraser University in Canada and an MBA from INSEAD.

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Antony Ross | Corporate Director (Bridges)

Antony has over 20 years of private equity and venture capital investment experience in a wide range of businesses from early stage development opportunities to later stage management buy outs. He joined 3i in 1988 and led a number of successful MBO investments before managing 3i’s Newcastle office in 1995. He then managed 3i’s Cambridge office before leading 3i’s healthcare team which invested in medical technology and biotechnology businesses across Europe.

He leads the Bridges Social Entrepreneurs Fund and Bridges Social Impact Bond Fund, is a member of the Bridges Ventures investment committee and is also actively involved in the portfolio management of investments.

Antony is a Teaching Fellow at London Business School and lectures on financing entrepreneurial business in London, Dubai and India. He is also Director of the North East based seed fund, NorthStar Ventures, and was previously a director of two other early stage technology spin out funds and a founder director of the Cambridge Network. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Bristol University and has an MBA from London Business School.

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Kate Roe | Director

Kate has a background of senior management in the NHS in London and the South of England, and, more recently, in local government in Yorkshire and the North East. She is currently Principal and Chief Executive of Darlington College which focuses on high quality vocational education, training and skills development for young people, adults, and businesses. She was also a trustee of the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Community Foundation between 2010 and 2013.

Our trustees

Ways to Wellness Foundation is governed by a board of trustees.

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Professor Chris Drinkwater | Chair and Trustee Chair

Professor Chris Drinkwater CBE, FRCGP, MFPH(Hon) was an inner city GP in Newcastle for many years and he is now emeritus Professor of Primary Care Development at Northumbria University. He was the President and Public Health Lead of the NHS Alliance until 2014. He is the Chair of HealthWORKS Newcastle, and a Trustee of the Northumberland, Tyne & Wear Community Foundation. Until recently he was chair of the Newcastle West CCG Partnership Forum and he also chaired the Newcastle NESTA funded People Powered Health programme.

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Sir Paul Ennals | Deputy Chair and Trustee

Sir Paul Ennals was Chief Executive of the National Children’s Bureau until 2011, and Chair of the Children’s Workforce Development Council until 2012. He has served on numerous government advisory bodies relating to children and to disability.

In 2013 Paul moved to the North East, and now supports a variety of local charities. He is also Chair of Haringey’s Safeguarding Children Board.

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Kieran Conaty | Director and Trustee

Kieran is Deputy Chief Executive at Involve North East, the region’s leading Patient and Public Involvement specialist. He joined the organisation in 2011, having completed the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme. Before that, he worked in sales and marketing for Shell Oils and spent two years as a volunteer in Zambia and Ethiopia working for a NGO. He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Public Leadership.

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Mary Jordan | Trustee

Mary is Managing Partner and founder of People-Centric, a business psychology company offering services to HR professionals and medium sized businesses in: Leadership development; assessment; diversity and wellbeing.

Working predominantly across the North East, in the private and public sectors People-Centric have designed and delivered assessment centres for private and public sector organisations, run a number of tailored leadership development programmes, delivered long term coaching support to senior managers and worked on bespoke analysis projects to help organisations understand engagement and organisational commitment.

Prior to founding People-Centric in 2006, Mary spent 8 years as an academic teaching undergraduate and post graduate psychology students, specialising in psychometrics, leadership, organisational behaviour and organisational change. Previous to her academic career she worked as a consultant at SHL, test publishers, a careers psychologist at Sussex University, and as a consultant in assessment and development.

Mary's community activity has ranged from serving as a school governor, pro bono work supporting the unemployed and working as a trustee with The Learning Challenge.

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Adam Glass

Adam is Associate Director of ACEVO Solutions, the trading arm of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO). He has extensive experience in commercial and business development roles across the third sector, working with organisations of all sizes and fields. At ACEVO, Adam provides advice and support to a range of charities and social enterprises in areas such as business planning, social impact measurement, financial modelling and bid management / writing. He is also the author of “Understanding your Costs”, a suite of financial tools designed to help third sector organisations more accurately price their services and allocate their overheads. Prior to joining ACEVO, Adam worked for two of London’s largest housing associations, supporting them to grow their health and social care businesses through developing new services and bidding for large public sector contracts.

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