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Sandra Mitchell-Phillips | Chief Executive


Sandra is an experienced Chief Executive with a strong change management background along with extensive experience in strategic financial planning and performance management. Sandra has worked at a senior level both in the VCSE sector and in the NHS and has considerable experience in working with a wide range of stakeholders.

Prior to joining Ways to Wellness, Sandra was Chief Executive of Actes for 11 years and was responsible for successfully steering the organisation from a commissioning body to a well-respected charity delivering innovative programmes in Teesside and Durham.

Sandra has an MBA from Newcastle University and is currently in the final stages of an LLM in Information Rights Law and Practice from Northumbria University.

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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.

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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 U-Bass and ukulele, walking and cycling, and spending time with his family.

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Sonia Townend | Social Prescribing Project Lead

Sonia joined Ways to Wellness as Social Prescribing Project Lead in August 2021. Her background is in clinical research and project delivery in both the NHS and private sector. She has also worked as a Social Prescribing Link Worker in the East End of Newcastle.

She has an MSc from Newcastle University in Clinical Research with leadership and is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. In her spare time she enjoys sewing and spending time with her family.

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Fliss Hunter-Nott | Social Prescribing Link Worker


Fliss is a Social Prescribing Link Worker working on the SPACE pilot project at the Great North Children’s Hospital. She joined Ways to Wellness in March 2022.

Previously she worked for the Stroke Association, specialising in peer support for young stroke survivors. She has 10 years’ experience of volunteering with families who have children with additional needs.

In her free time she enjoys running and spending time in the outdoors.

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Lauren Loader | Social Prescribing Link Worker


Lauren joined Ways to Wellness in March 2022 as a Social Prescribing Link Worker, working on the SPACE pilot project at the Great North Children’s Hospital.

She has over 8 years of link work experience gained in her previous role with Mental Health Concern. Prior to this Lauren studied Social Work at Northumbria University, benefiting from invaluable placement experience over a 3 year period. This included working within homeless services, the local authority with children and families, community learning disabilities provision, primary school settings providing family support and specialised adult disability provision.

In her free time she plays Basketball and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.


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