Tara Case | Chief Executive
Tara is delighted to be part of Ways to Wellness’ pioneering approach to supporting people living with long-term conditions. Tara joined Ways to Wellness in early 2015, leading the organisation though its start-up phase and establishing its social prescribing service. She brings extensive healthcare and business experience to her role. She previously worked in 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 (with distinction) from Durham University, an MSc in Occupational Therapy (McMaster University) and a BSc in Geology (University of British Columbia). She is registered with the Health and Social Care Professions Council UK, a member of ACEVO, a Fellow of the Clore Social Experience Leader Programme and a Fellow of Practice at the Government Outcomes Lab, University of Oxford.
Outside of work, Tara enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, running and doing yoga.
Rishi Arora | Finance Manager
Rishi brings business and finance knowledge and experience to his role at Ways to Wellness. He previously worked as a Financial Controller at Fairlie Healthcare in London before relocating back to the North East to work for Zerolight and Nissan Motors. Rishi qualified at Balfour Beatty and has significant experience in change management and developing models that improve business profitability and controlling risk.
Rishi holds an undergraduate degree in Business Economics, qualifications in Six Sigma as well as ACCA qualified.
Rishi joined Ways to Wellness in order to make a difference to lives within the West of Newcastle and to help Ways to Wellness in the next steps. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, watching and playing football, travelling and astronomy.
Katie Hopper | Business Administration Assistant
Katie has recently joined Ways to Wellness as the Business and Finance Administrator. 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 seeing family, reading and watching films. She also likes to spend time outdoors with her partner and running with her puppy.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Health Research Programme has committed approximately £500,000 in funding for Newcastle University and Durham University to conduct a 28-month study on the costs and effectiveness of Ways to Wellness.Read more
I feel so much better - happier and healthier. It has been such a positive experience for me.