Sandra will be joining the team at the start of May 2021.

The appointment comes after Tara Case left the role in January 2021. Tara headed up the organisation since its inception in 2015. During this time our social prescribing service in the West of Newcastle received more than 7,500 referrals.

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.

Sandra is joining Ways to Wellness from Actes, where she has been Chief Executive 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.

Chris Drinkwater, Chair of Trustees for Ways to Wellness said: “I am delighted to welcome Sandra Mitchell-Phillips who will be starting as our new Chief Executive on 4th May. We are thrilled to have attracted someone of her calibre. I am confident that Ways to Wellness will benefit from Sandra’s extensive skills and experience and that she will help us to meet the challenges that lie ahead in our exciting next stage of development.”

Sandra Mitchell-Phillips said: “I am delighted to be joining Ways to Wellness, an innovator in social prescribing. I am looking forward to working with the board and our dedicated team of professionals to grow the impact that Ways to Wellness has on the quality of life of patients in the North East.”