Our Trustees and Directors

Our patron

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Professor Chris Drinkwater | Patron

Professor Chris Drinkwater CBE, FRCGP, FFPH(Hon), FRSA was an inner city GP in Newcastle for 23 years and he is now emeritus Professor of Primary Care Development at Northumbria University. He was one of the founders of Ways to Wellness, and was Chair until 2022. He led the establishment of HealthWORKS Newcastle as a City Challenge project in the early 1990s. He was Vice-Chair of Blue Stone Collaborative and VCSE representative for the Child Health & Wellbeing Executive where he Chairs the Operational Oversight Committee. He is also a Director of the West End Schools Trust (8 inner city primary schools in Newcastle upon Tyne).

Along the way he has been variously, President and Public Health lead for the NHS Alliance, Deputy Chair and Chair of the Philanthropy Committee for Northumberland, Tyne & Wear Community Foundation, and the Sir Roy Griffiths/Age Concern/RCGP Prince of Wales, Educational Fellow for Older People.

Our trustees

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

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Guy Pilkington | Chair

Dr Guy Pilkington has been an inner city GP for 33 years and was previously Clinical Chair of NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group. He is the Chair of the Prevention Board for the North East and North Cumbria ICS which allows him to champion the need for the NHS to dedicate more planning, energy and resource on measures that reduce the burden of disease and create health. His clinical interests include mental health, the ‘social model’ and social prescribing. He believes strongly in the value of co-production, community assets and involvement.

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Sir Paul Ennals | Vice-Chair

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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Mary Jordan | Trustee

An Occupational Psychologist, concerned with the performance of people at work, Mary has worked with many different organisations groups and individuals to increase effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction at work. She is the former Managing Partner and founder of People-Centric, an occupational psychology consultancy based in Durham, a past academic, a master coach and a personal development consultant. She has been a trustee of The Learning Challenge charity and currently chairs an Employee Ownership Trust.

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John Spurr | Trustee

An independent Business Consultant John has over 35 years’ experience spanning Corporate Finance, Consulting and Business Advisory services. A former Director at Deloitte he specialises in strategic financial planning, operational delivery and project managing long-term complex projects.

He has insights across a broad range of industrial sectors and has worked on numerous public sector projects operating across health, regional and local government including whole health economy reorganisation, designing health authorisation guidance frameworks and evaluation and service reviews.

John is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales and holds a Diploma in Corporate Finance. He Chairs the MBA Advisory Board at Durham University Business School and is a Non-Executive Director at an innovative high growth north east based SME.

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Brigid Joughin | Trustee / Director

Brigid has been a GP in Throckley for 26 years. She was mental health lead for Newcastle Gateshead CCG for two years, from 2012 until 2014. Brigid was involved in early pilots of social prescribing in Newcastle and has worked closely with local voluntary sector organisations for many years. She has been the clinical director for Newcastle Outer West PCN since April 2019.

Our directors

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

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John Spurr | Chair

An independent Business Consultant John has over 35 years’ experience spanning Corporate Finance, Consulting and Business Advisory services. A former Director at Deloitte he specialises in strategic financial planning, operational delivery and project managing long-term complex projects.

He has insights across a broad range of industrial sectors and has worked on numerous public sector projects operating across health, regional and local government including whole health economy reorganisation, designing health authorisation guidance frameworks and evaluation and service reviews.

John is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales and holds a Diploma in Corporate Finance. He Chairs the MBA Advisory Board at Durham University Business School and is a Non-Executive Director at an innovative high growth north east based SME.

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Brigid Joughin | Trustee / Director

Brigid has been a GP in Throckley for 26 years. She was mental health lead for Newcastle Gateshead CCG for two years, from 2012 until 2014. Brigid was involved in early pilots of social prescribing in Newcastle and has worked closely with local voluntary sector organisations for many years. She has been the clinical director for Newcastle Outer West PCN since April 2019.

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Guy Pilkington | Director

Dr Guy Pilkington has been an inner city GP for 33 years and was previously Clinical Chair of NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group. He is the Chair of the Prevention Board for the North East and North Cumbria ICS which allows him to champion the need for the NHS to dedicate more planning, energy and resource on measures that reduce the burden of disease and create health. His clinical interests include mental health, the ‘social model’ and social prescribing. He believes strongly in the value of co-production, community assets and involvement.

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