Tara Case | Chief Executive
Tara has been leading Ways to Wellness since early 2015, through its start-up phase, to establish its successful 'at scale' social prescribing service, outcomes-based contracting structure and Social Impact Bond (SIB) investment. Tara previously worked in several NHS Commissioning organisations in the North East of England and prior to that, as an Occupational Therapist for a decade in England (Gateshead) and Canada. Her early career experience was as a professional geologist 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 Trustee of Groundwork North East and Cumbria and a Non-Executive Director of the North East Social Investment Community. In her spare time Tara enjoys running, yoga, reading about health and personal development, and spending time with her family.
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.
Cherry Johnson | Business & Finance Administrator
Cherry joined the Ways to Wellness team as our Business and Finance Administrator in September 2020. Her background stems from Business in the Music Industry at University, graduating in 2016. From there, she has applied her business knowledge and further education to the logistics, aviation and travel and tourism sectors, working with teams big and small, local and worldwide. Cherry’s role is to help Ways to Wellness run smoothly and assist with all things office, data and finance related.
In her down time, you can catch Cherry relaxing in a local cat café, taking a stroll through local natural reserves or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
Fun fact: Cherry is trained in jazz vocals and classical piano!
In response to the coronavirus, Ways to Wellness has adapted its social prescribing service delivery to continue to provide a service remotely to patients. In addition to continuing to support people to self-manage their health and wellbeing, several key areas of further support are being provided in response to the coronavirus.Read more
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