Our Chair, Peter Smith
Peter (pictured bottom left), a retired social worker, has worked in adult social care for the past 40 years and brings a lot of experience with him. He has worked across North East England, mainly with older people but also with people with learning disabilities and people with mental health problems. Peter has undertaken a number of job roles including direct service management, registration, inspection and commissioning services.
Peter worked for 17 years with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, including being a strategic commissioner for Independent Living services; Personalisation Manager for the Putting People First initiative and latterly managing in-house services.
Peter retired in September 2018 at which point he received the Gold Lifetime Achievement Award in the national Social Worker of the Year Community Care Awards.
In his spare time Peter supports a mental health voluntary organisation as a Board member; is an Expert by Experience at Teesside University and enjoys travel, gardening, stamp collecting and his grandchildren.
Executive Board Member, Colin Wilkinson
Colin (pictured top left) has worked in a variety of voluntary roles in the health sector and has a particular interest in patient insight experience.
Executive Board Member, Liam Twizell
Liam's role is the Essential Learning Curve Consultancy Disability Lead. Liam (pictured top right) has worked and volunteered within the Stockton area for more than 10 years and has a wide range of knowledge and experience including advocacy for the criminal justice system, social care and mental health. Liam has previously volunteered with the Durham Tees Valley Community Rehabilitation Company Mind and Stockton parent support.
Liam holds an undergraduate degree in Crime and Investigation and until earlier this year he lead the REACH Project with Hand-in-Hand Activities. His work specialised in providing support information advice and guidance to disabled people their families and carers. This information would range from social care, employment, education and tackling discrimination.
Liam attends several community and professional meetings within Stockton including The Catalyst Disability Forum, the Independent Strategic Advisory Group operated by Cleveland Police and the Hate Crimes Scrutiny Panel within the Crown Prosecution Service.
Executive Board Member, Karen Grundy
Karen (pictured bottom right) is a Community Programme Manager at Catalyst, working with voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, and was previously project lead at Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees.
Board meetings and previous meeting minutes
The Board Meetings for 2021 are:
- 9 Feb, 1pm - 2.30pm
- 26 Apr, 1.30pm - 3pm
- 15 July, 1.30pm - 3.30pm
- 15 October, 1pm - 3pm
- Addtional dates to be confirmed
If you are a member of the public and would like to attend one of our board meetings, please contact one of our team.
Board meetings minutes are available on request. Please get in touch if you would like a copy of the latest board minutes or from previous meetings.