Tara Case | Chief Executive
Tara has had the privilege of leading Ways to Wellness from early 2015, through its start-up phase, establishing its 'at scale' social prescribing service, outcomes-based contracting structure and Social Impact Bond investment. Over this period, she has helped build Ways to Wellness' processes, engagement, governance and continuous improvement approaches to ensure the success of this complex innovation, consistently exceeding patient outcome targets and achieving financial sustainability.
She brings extensive healthcare and business experience to her role. She previously worked in several NHS Commissioning in the North East of England and prior to that, as an Occupational Therapist for more than a decade in England (Gateshead) and Canada. Her early career experience was as a professional geologist and project manager, exploring for gold in remote corners of the world. Tara holds an MBA from Durham University, MSc (Occupational Therapy) from McMaster University and BSc (Geology) from the University of British Columbia. She is a Non-Executive Director of North East Social Investment Community Interest Company (NESIC).
Mike Bareham | Finance Manager
Mike is the Finance Manager at Ways to Wellness, having joined the team in 2019. He has over 30 years’ experience in a variety of industrial and service sector roles. Prior to joining Ways to Wellness he ran the finance team at Cumbria Waste Management Limited for five years and then moved into a general management role, expanding the company into a group and setting up Orian Solutions Group, which provides cleaning and catering services. He has developed accounting systems, created budgets, reported financial performance and managed major commercial contracts. Mike was also a trustee of the Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust which distributes grants to environmental projects.
Mike has a degree in Economics & Industrial Relations and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. In his spare time he enjoys hill walking, gardening, volunteering and spending time with his two young granddaughters.
Simon Bromhead | Social Prescribing Development Lead
Simon is Social Prescribing Development Lead at Ways to Wellness, and joined the team in 2019. He has over 20 years’ experience in the voluntary and community sector. Prior to joining Ways to Wellness he worked in fundraising and project development at Living Streets and Groundwork West London, where he was involved in the development of a wide range of partnerships and projects. This included the Walk To project, a partnership of thirteen local/combined authorities and not-for-profit organisations across England who work together to increase walking for everyday trips. He started his career in museums and visitor attractions, including Techniquest Science Discovery Centre and the British Museum.
Simon has a degree (LLB) in Law and Sociology and is a certified member of the Institute of Fundraising. In his spare time he enjoys playing the ukulele, walking and cycling, and spending time with his family.
Katie Hopper | Business Administration Assistant
Katie is the Business and Finance Administrator at Ways to Wellness. Having previously worked in multiple sectors, ranging from Financial Platforms to Trade Unions, Katie has acquired a diverse range of skills but is always open to learning something new, which is what attracted her to this opportunity. She is committed and excited about being part of this pioneering venture.
In her spare time Katie enjoys spending time outdoors with her partner and dog, reading and watching films.
Ways to Wellness' Chair Chris Drinkwater and Senior Link Worker Louise Cooke recently took part in a BMJ podcast on Social Prescribing.Read more
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