About the Board
Feyi Awotona (interim co-Chair)
Feyi first moved from London to Newcastle in 1992. She has over 24 years experience in the NHS, ten years as consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology. She now works as a management consultant.
Feyi is passionate about social justice and good governance. She believes that service users’ needs and their experience of using services should be at the heart of health and social care provision. Feyi also brings to the committee the perspective of the BME community on social care and health services.
Michael recently retired after a 35 year career in local government. He held senior management roles in housing, adult social care commissioning, voluntary sector development and volunteering.
Michael has a particular interest in how to successfully engage people to influence policy and decision-making and the great challenge of integrating health and social care services. He also volunteers with Action Language, a local charity which helps asylum seekers and refugees to achieve their goals through learning English. In his spare time Michael is a keen allotment holder and cyclist.
Tim is a partner in the Newcastle office of Ward Hadaway law firm. Tim has lived and worked in Newcastle for over 25 years, having originally qualified in London. He specialises in advising public sector clients, such as local authorities and NHS bodies, on a range of commercial and procurement matters. In particular, over the past 15 years he advised several NHS trusts on private finance schemes to develop new hospitals.
Away from work Tim is a governor at a local independent school and is an active member of his local church.
Alisdair has variously been an academic historian, a lawyer and a user of mental health services, in between stretches of generalised community activism. His day job is as team leader at Launchpad, the mental health service user involvement project for Newcastle upon Tyne. In addition, Alisdair co-chairs the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Service User and Carer network and led the establishment of the North East mental health user and carer body, NEt.
Alisdair is also Chair of NAGAS (Newcastle and Gateshead Arts Studio), Vice-Chair of MHNE, a Governor of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, and a Board member of NSUN, the National Survivor User Network for mental health.
Neil Cameron (interim co-Chair)
Neil is Group Director at Sport Works, a social enterprise providing sport, health and educational services throughout the UK. A large proportion of Neil’s time is spent working in the health, education and social care sectors to improve health and educational outcomes for disadvantaged groups.
A former sports scientist and published researcher, Neil is active in the development of innovative approaches to ‘community health improvement’ and works closely with universities, charities and businesses throughout the UK to make positive contributions in health and social care.
Kate has spent over 35 years in local government in the north east, focussing on social care, community development, regeneration and social policy. She has also been involved in voluntary activities in Newcastle and is currently a Board member of both West End Women and Girls Centre and Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service.
Kate believes strongly that citizens and communities should be fully involved in the issues and services that affect their lives. “Nothing about us without us” should be the guiding principle of all professionals when planning their services.