Our Chair, Peter Smith

Peter (pictured 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 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 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, Jon Carling

Jon Carling is the Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst Stockton-on-Tees. He has led the organisation since 2020 and is responsible for implementing the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Strategy, which aims to ensure that the sector becomes stronger and more influential in the development of public policy as well as playing a full role in the delivery of VCSE services in the Borough.

Jon is a local resident, he has previously worked in Durham, Middlesbrough and across the North East in the public sector, and a few years back he spent three years as Chief Executive of a voluntary sector infrastructure organisation in North Yorkshire. Jon fully understands how important the voluntary and community sector is in Stockton.

To develop a strong sector, Jon understands that we need to have a really good, detailed understanding of the issues Stockton faces, as a whole and for each community. He wants Catalyst to bring together people from all sectors and to use that intelligence to develop projects to address those needs.

Jon has been inspired by the resilience and passion from the VCSE sector in Stockton and sees Catalyst as a voice for the sector, and as an enabler, helping local VCSE organisations to do the work that they do.

Executive Board Member, Peter Mayes

Peter works for Starfish Youth Employment Initiative (YEI), providing compassionate support and a community approach that offers young people choices to make positive changes to their lives and to take the next steps.

Starfish is linked with ‘wellbeing’ and has the experience to help people realise their unlimited potential, overcoming any barriers or obstacles that are getting in their way.

Peter has also been involved with local Healthwatch since 2015, having worked with both the Middlesbrough and Stockton organisations. Peter is also a Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees Community Champion.

Peter said: "I found that I wanted to be a part of it and to help make a difference to local people and their health matters. I have been involved with the team at Stockton on and off for a few years and the helped me so much to date and I feel I can give a lot to this from my background in Wellbeing, Mental Health and the NHS."

"We are gathering real quality information directly from the public, from people of all ages, which is highly valued by Healthwatch and the local people themselves as we are giving them a voice and showing them that they can still make a difference. 

Non-voting Guest Member - Stockton-on-Tees Community Wellbeing Champions


Board meetings and previous meeting minutes

The Board Meetings for 2022 are:

  • 19 January, 1pm - 3pm
  • 17 March, 1pm - 3pm
  • 9 May, 1pm - 3pm
  • 21 July, 1pm - 3pm
  • 14 September, 1pm - 3pm
  • 16 November, 1pm - 3pm

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. 

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Governance Handbook

Governance Framework

Decision Making Policy

Volunteering Handbook

Complaints Policy

Board Recruitment Pack