Catalyst are fortunate to have a board of directors who volunteer their time to oversee and direct our organisation for the benefit of the people of Stockton on tees.
Chair: Guru Naidoo
Guru recently retired, having served 15 years as the business support director and company secretary for Broadacres Housing Association and 18 years at Middlesbrough Borough Council. Now enjoying his retirement spending time with his family and grandchildren, Guru volunteers his time to sit on the Catalyst Board.
Vice Chair: David Pickard
Dave is the Group Director of Operations for the Thirteen Housing group which was formed in April 2014 and is now the largest Housing Group in the North East. Previously with Tristar Homes, where he is now a Board member, he has been associated with Stockton now for some 8 years seeing the organisation transform and deliver over £100M of investment in the area in addition to new homes and major regeneration schemes. The work of housing also makes a substantial impact and difference to people’s lives and the Health and Well Being of communities in Stockton. Partnership being an essential ingredient for Housing with many of these now recognising the contribution of the third sector.
He brings a broad experience of good governance to Catalyst combined with an experience of customer service and capturing and using the voices of individuals and communities to improve services
Dr Paul Crawshaw
Biography Coming Soon
Lesley is Head of Policy, Improvement and Engagement at Stockton Borough Council and is a member of the Council’s Corporate Management Team. She has substantial experience of working in a local government setting both at a strategic level and in delivering services, having previously worked in Children, Education and Social Care and had responsibility for the library and information services across the Borough. Lesley also has 12 years experience of working in the private sector for a local international company as well as having done research in an academic setting and a short period of time working as an information officer for a voluntary sector organisation. Lesley has a strong belief in the power of partnerships but does not underestimate the complexity involved in developing and sustaining successful partnerships that are focused on making a positive difference to local people.
Tina was one of only 10 female full time Trade Union Officers in the country. I was responsible for the 4 district Councils of Cleveland as a union office. She was instrumental in setting up Panic and Bridges. Bridges is still recognised as a centre of excellence and best practice. They work with families offering a holistic service to meet their needs, training to City and Guilds Diploma level (the only service in Stockton to do so). Bridges have also developed Carer Services in York and North Yorkshire area. Tina has sat on a number of National boards – Nice guidelines group, National Treatment Agency (special health authority) and at local level: the LSP, Central Area Board, Stockton Safer Partnership, and Economic Regeneration.
Dr Paul Williams
Paul Williams is a Stockton GP and public health doctor who is on the Governing Body of Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group where he is also the GP lead for the Stockton locality. He represents local GP’s on the Stockton-on-Tees Health and Wellbeing Board. Paul has spent his career in the North East of England and in Africa, where he led a hospital and community health program as a volunteer for five years. He trained as a doctor in Newcastle upon Tyne, where he also obtained a Masters degree in Public Health.
Paul is also a trustee of Arc, Stockton Arts Centre. He is a patron of Justice First, a charity which supports refugees in the Tees Valley area.
He is passionate about reducing health inequalities and about improving access to sport and the arts for disadvantaged groups.
Bio coming soon.
Bio coming soon.
Councillor Steve Nelson
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Join Our Board
Would you like to be a member of our board? If you think you have skills that would be beneficial to our board and you are willing to volunteer your time you can apply for board membership by getting in touch.