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 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.
Former Chair of Headway Darlington and District and Committee Member for Headway Forces Support Group, Giles continues to inspire and volunteer to help those who have been affected by brain injury and neurological conditions cross North Yorkshire and the North East of England.
After being involved in a horrific car crash resulting in a coma followed by Post Traumatic Amnesia (6 months), Gile’s life has become a continuous rehabilitation journey. It is through his personal experience that Giles has developed coping strategies to progress and overcome the daily challenges life now presents. He has made a level of recovery beyond the expectation of medical professionals and uses his achievements to serve as inspiration for others affected by the trauma of brain damage.
During the past twenty years, Giles has developed and delivered services to support and enable people with Acquired Brain Injury to achieve their goals and their full potential, helped to rebuild and improve the lives and raises awareness of the project of those with Acquired Brain Injury and learning disabilities.
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.