Our Board of Directors

Richard McMann, Director

Richard McMann is the North East Champion for the Lived Experience Network, which is linked to the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance and reports into the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) reporting on creative health. Richard, who was a former Head of History teacher, nominated for Pearson Thank A Teacher - Teacher of the Year Awards retired from ill-health after suffering a traumatic brain injury in July 2013. Richard understands fully the limitations of living with a cognitive impairment, his struggles as a patient to navigate the system to ensure her received the help required to support him on his medical and rehabilitation journey and volunteers with people who have significant memory loss.

Michael Grocott

Michael Grocott is a Commercial Director for Capita and Technology Lawyer with 15 years practice as a Solicitor advising clients on Commercial and Technology Law. He has worked in all levels of business and provides practical support on the shop floor as well as board level. His clients are from a diverse global group from including HSBC, Capita, HM Government, NHS, Vodafone, Cable & Wireless, BT, Aegon, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft Paypal and IBM. Several have offered pro-bono technical support to help us to set up and launch this initiative.

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Amanda Hume

Amanda is an exceptional senior leader with a professional Experience of 31 years. She has worked in the NHS as a Chief Exec and various other senior roles, successfully leading highly complex transformation programmes and strategic planning across multiple sectors, including primary, secondary, mental health, and with social care and voluntary organisations.


Following 10 years of working in HR in the acute sector, Amanda led the Workforce Development Confederation across health and care and for the Strategic Health Authority. She led the merger of six Primary Care Trusts into a single entity in 2006 before moving into contracting, performance management and business development in 2008 followed by broader commissioning, until the demise of PCTs in 2012. Amanda then established and led South Tees CCG until 2018 before moving on to lead the development of the emergent Integrated Care System across the NE.

Julie Boyack

I have worked for charities in a senior role. For the last 30 years, I am strategic thinker, coupled with understanding the issues that our client face as the ageing process progresses. I want every older person to live in a world that is equitable and that age discrimination is a thing of the past. I have the heart of a charity and the head of a business, so a good combination, it’s a great opportunity to work with unforgettable experiences and share my skills and knowledge to enhance the lives of our clients.