Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard PhD FRCGPProf Helen Stokes-Lampard PhD FRCGP
Chair

Helen is a GP Principal, Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC, the body representing all Royal Colleges and Faculties), Chair of the board of the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) and Professor of GP Education. She was Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) until Nov 2019.

As Chair of AoMRC she sits on numerous national committees including the National Emergency Pressures Panel, the Public Health review group, the review of digital healthcare, the NHS Net Zero Executive as well as a large number focussed on urgent reshaping of the NHS in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is fully seconded away from the University of Birmingham for the duration of this role (2020-23). During her time as RCGP Chair, Helen had a high media profile with over 200 TV, 200 radio and 20,000 appearances in printed media (newspapers) and led on several major professional gains, including state backed indemnity for all NHS staff working in the community, a new vision for General Practice and implementation of significant financial and contractual improvements in GPs working lives.

As Chair of the Board of NASP, she is helping shape the direction of this new  registered charity, building strong partnerships, establishing an academic basis for the social prescribing movement and raising its profile.  Helen remains a part-time GP partner at The Westgate Practice Greenhill Health Centre in Lichfield, a large GMS practice. Helen is naturally enthusiastic and dynamic with a sense of humour and plenty of pragmatism.

Chris Askew OBEChris Askew OBE
Trustee

 Chris Askew has been Chief Executive of Diabetes UK since 2015.  In his previous role as Chief Executive at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Chris negotiated the charity’s merger with Breast Cancer Campaign, to form the new charity Breast Cancer Now.

Before arriving at Breakthrough in 2006 as its Director of Fundraising, Chris held senior fundraising positions at the charities Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Crisis and Action for Children. He moved into the charitable sector in 1997, after a number of years working as a shipbroker in the international freight markets.

Chris has previously Chaired and actively represents Diabetes UK on the Richmond Group of 14 major health charities.

He is a Trustee of the rare disease charity Action on A-T (ataxia telangiectasia). In the past, Chris has been a member of the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee, a regional volunteer for the MS Society and a Trustee of the Revolving Doors Agency.

Chris was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s 2020 Birthday honours list, for services to people with diabetes.

Jonathan BadyalJonathan Badyal
Trustee

Jonathan has been Head of Communications at Universal Music UK since August 2017. He also sits on the boards of the Roundhouse and the Black Country Living Museum. He is also an associate board member at Julie’s Bicycle and is an Ambassador for the UK Government’s GREAT Campaign. He previously spent five years working in Westminster for former Culture & Digital Economy Minister Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP, and his successor, Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP. His passion for music came to the fore during his time working at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Although knowledgeable and well connected across every facet of British culture, from film to fine art, he became a vocal champion of British music, and especially British urban music. Jonathan grew up in Wolverhampton and was educated at Heath Park and Wolverhampton Grammar School. He studied Biochemistry at the University of Birmingham before going on to study a Masters in Political Science.

Dr Harry BrunjesDr Harry Brunjes
Trustee

Dr Harry Brunjes (London University and Guy’s Hospital) started Premier Medical from his Harley Street Practice, becoming Chairman of the Premier Medical Group. RTA (a subsidiary) was sold to BUPA in 2005. In 2010 Premier Medical was acquired by Capita. In 2016 Harry reacquired PMG and rebranded as Kuro Health. WARP Technologies, Medicals Direct and Mobile Doctors were added to the consortium. Non-Exec positions have included The Good Care Group, Equity Red Star (Lloyd’s Syndicate) and Newmans Clinics.

Harry was Governor of Bedford Modern School, Valderrama Golf Club and Expert Witness Institute. In 2007 Harry was President of the Sussex Medico-Chirurgical Society. Harry was Chair of Lancing College between 2009 – 2019. Since 2015 Harry has been Chair of English National Opera and the London Coliseum. Harry has a lifelong interest in music, theatre, opera and piano

The Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE DLThe Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE DL
Trustee

Tanni is one of the country’s most decorated Para-athletes, having won 16 medals, including 11 golds, at five Paralympic Games between 1988 and 2004, plus six medals at two Para World Championships. Tanni was appointed an MBE for services to sport in 1993, OBE in 2000, and DBE in 2005. Following her athletics career, she has sat on the boards of numerous bodies, including the National Disability Council and UK Sport, and is Chair of the Women’s Sports and Fitness Foundation Commission on the Future of Women’s Sport and Chair of ukactive. In 2010, Tanni was created a Life Peer in the House of Lords and sits as a crossbencher. She has also been Chancellor of Northumbria University since July 2015.

Brad GudgerBrad Gudger
Trustee

A two-time cancer survivor, Brad is a pioneer of his community. He is the founder and director of Alike, an innovative charity that has been created to combat loneliness and isolation amongst those impacted by the cancer. Established through lived-experience, Alike aims to achieve their mission by utilising digital tools and technology. In February 2021, the charity launched a new iOS and Android peer support platform which enables cancer patients and survivors to connect with one another across the country.

Brad is a Youth Expert Advisor for NHS England & NHS Improvement. He works closely with health sector leaders to increase youth participation and implement the ambitions for young people’s health and care outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan. As a proud gay man, he is passionate about representation and health outcomes of the LGBTQ+ community. He is also a board member of the NGO Youth Cancer Europe and has been a Young Technical Advisor for the World Health Organisation and Public Health England.

Brad has a close relationship to the creative industries too, and in 2019 was selected as a Soho House Pioneer for his youth advocacy work.  He is also the recipient of the Diana Award, a Young Leader for the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and a One Young World Ambassador.

Sarah MetcalfeSarah Metcalfe
Trustee

Sarah has more than 30 years’ experience working in and alongside the voluntary sector and continues to be energised by what happens when communities are at the cutting edge of solving difficult problems. She was the first CEO of charity Playlist for Life, establishing it at the forefront of the growing music and dementia movement and receiving the GSK Impact Award – Overall Winner 2020 from the Kings Fund. She spent ten years before this working in policy and government at Westminster and Holyrood, before leaving to start her family and getting involved in the parent-led nursery campaign Fair Funding For Our Kids.

She has recently been working as Executive Director for the Iona Community, and from June 2021 will start as the Managing Director of the Utley Foundation, the private family charitable trust which has been the catalyst for the national Music for Dementia campaign. Sarah lives in Glasgow with her husband and two children. 

Gay PalmerGay Palmer
Trustee

Currently a social prescribing link worker for a large Primary Care Network (PCN) in Southwark (South East London) and has supported the programme since it was implemented in March 2020 and has helped to maintain its ongoing growth and development in relation to number of referrals and the capacity of the team. Gay has a 20-year history of being a Nurse and has worked in a variety of community settings across North and East London.  The diverse roles gave rise to many opportunities to understand the needs of people and the impact that wider determinants of health can have on a person their family and the community.

Outside of her working life Gay has enjoyed singing from an early age in Wolverhampton where she was born and raised, her training took her to London where her opportunities to sing with choirs and has travelled across Europe and South Africa. The choir opportunities enabled Gay to teach a community choir and to support her local schools’ children choir. Gay continues to enjoy singing as she understands the great benefits to her physical health, mental wellbeing and she has developed and maintained some great friendships, it has given her an opportunity to learn more about a greater diverse group of individuals with a common love for signing and music

Gays life ethos is “keep it moving take the time to learn, grow, and move with what you have”, which she feels has allowed her to have a fulfilling career with diverse opportunities.  These opportunities and experiences she hope will now benefit social prescribing locally and to make an impact on the wider community within social prescribing.

Phoebe Vela-HitchcoxPhoebe Vela-Hitchcox
Trustee

Phoebe is a Party Treasurer for The Conservative Party, with responsibility for fundraising and senior level business engagement. She is also an Advisor for the Yoo Group, an international residential and hotel design company. Formerly, Phoebe served as a Partner and Group Director of Communications at Bell Pottinger, where she managed the marketing function. Earlier in her career, she worked in the conference and events production industry for over 15 years. She worked for Press Holdings Media Group, The Financial Times and Informa Group Plc as Corporate Affairs and Event Director, producing high-level strategic events spanning developed and emerging markets on five continents in a wide range of focus areas. Phoebe is a Board Trustee of Chickenshed Theatre, a theatre company transforming the lives of children with disabilities and from disadvantaged backgrounds with a passion in performing arts. She was also a member of the NSPCC’s Rebuilding Childhoods Board.