Our People

Ron Wood


My name is Ron Wood I am currently chair and treasurer of NESCHA and have been a member since the group was formed, I was Chair of both Redcar and Cleveland Patients and Public (PPI) and Local Involvement Network (LINKS) and Board Member of Healthwatch.

My Involvement in Health and Social Care matters involve me in being a member the Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment team (PLACE) and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust Fundamental Standards group. Also a Member of the Patients Practice group (PPI).

I am driven by my values and principals and helping the NHS and Social Care drive forward both shaping and improving the services of tomorrow and the future.

Wade Tovey

Projects Leader

Wade was Head of Social Work at Teesside University, then Assistant Dean Enterprise in the School of Health and Social Care and Manager of the Tees Valley Care Alliance. He
has led numerous projects, in a wide range different agencies. His interests have centred on best practice i participation, using of technology to facilitate this process. He has been
Projects Leader for NESCHA for over two years. He and Robert Adams, wrote Consultancy in Public Services, Empowerment and Transformation. He has chaired numerous groups,
conferences and charities regionally and nationally.

David Morris

Vice Chair

David has been a member of NESCHA for eight years and was recently made Vice Chair. He is a Volunteer with TEWV Mental Health Trust and actively involved with PLACE inspections; Infection Control; and recruitment of staff. He is also a member of South Tees CCG Patients Group and have a particular interest in
PHARMACY having helped to train such students at Durham and more recently Newcastle Universities.

‘I believe that NESCHA has much to offer our Region by informing the public through events and
activities that are related to health and social needs’

Derek Stow

Derek has vast experience of social work and social care, having been a Team Manager in Social
Services, before going on to work in an inspection and training roles. He has worked with the CQC
too. He has considerable experience of the health service too.

Mike Maguire

As MD/Community Pharmacist at Marton Pharmacy in Middlesbrough, Michael has transformed the health and wellbeing of his community. In 2009, Michael won the UK Community Pharmacist of the Year Award, and has since won national awards for Excellence in Training, Innovation and Excellence in Business, and an award from Mayor Ray Mallon for Services to the Community. Michael is an Honorary Lecturer at Durham University School of Pharmacy, and Chair of the Local Professional Network for Durham, Darlington, and Tees on behalf of NHS England. Michael has recently been instrumental in devising and launching the Award-Winning NHS111 Community Pharmacy Referral Service.

Margaret Ogden

A ppi member in health & social care. I have extensive lived experience in social care – professional carers have looked after my mother, grandmother & uncle. The latter has vascular dementia and is in a local care home. Recently I became depressed during COVID lockdown and the GP  arranged social prescribing from the Wellbeing Team. I found it really helpful.

Prior to joining NESCHA,  I have been involved in a number of social care projects – two on care homes, one on social prescribing and two on local authority research.  Alongside Wade,  I have also completed a QALY project with ScHARR. I was also a member of Scie’s scoping group on care of people with long term conditions. I am thrilled to join the NESCHA Board & hope I can make a valuable contribution to the already substantial work they have  achieved to date. 

Julia Wood

Julia has a background in quality improvement, working predominately in the healthcare
sector, spanning secondary care, community services, CCGs and GP practices. She has
worked at a national, regional and local level.
Julia believes that all services should be built around the needs of patients and their
carers, and that teams and organisations need to work together to ensure that patients
receive a high standard of care regardless of which health and social care service they

Brian Rigby

Brian, a retired building manager and consultant. Has for the last fourteen years been involved with various groups helping the NHS to find ways of improving whilst working within their tight budgets. He is a member of his Doctors patient group and attends meetings on their behalf with the South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group. He is a Patient/Public Advisor to the CCG. Very much concerned about the lack of effective help in providing occupation and respite, particularly to mental health patients and Carers.

John Simpson

78 year old and confined to a wheelchair due to spinal injury including 4 other disabilities

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