The Trustees of the Ossie Newell Foundation are listed below
Stephen is a nurse by background and has spent his entire career in the NHS.
Following a number of years in clinical practice he moved into a variety of nursing and general management roles, and has over thirty years experience in posts at Board level including Chief Nurse, Chief Executive, Non- Executive Director and Chairman.
. In 1999 Stephen was appointed by the Secretary of State as a Commissioner on the first NHS Quality regulator, the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) and was Vice Chair of the team which developed the first reviews of clinical governance to be undertaken in England and Wales.
He took early retirement from the post of Chief Executive at Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham in 2005, and in 2009 was asked to undertake the role of Chairman at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust following the highly critical report from the Healthcare Commission.
Stephen was Chairman ( until 2014 ) of the Department of Health Human Factors Reference Group which is seeking a more systematic, sustained improvement in the way that the NHS supports front line clinical teams to provide safer, more effective and compassionate care for patients.
He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Nottingham in 2011.
Stephen is currently a Non Executive Director at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and has been appointed by the Secretary of State as a Non Executive Director on the board of Health Education England ( HEE ) from September 2014
Helen’s career has been varied, challenging and very successful. The main elements have been centred on higher education, the law, management and complementary health and medicine.
Helen graduated with a B.A. Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford in 1982, took the Law Society Final Examinations in 1983 and trained as a Solicitor with Lovell White & King, specialising in Company and Employment Law from 1983 to 1985, following which she was appointed a Solicitor of the Supreme Court. During 1986 she served for a year as a Management Consultant with Fletcher Newell Associates before returning to the University of Oxford to complete an M.Sc. in Management and collect an M.A. in Jurisprudence.
Helen then decided to continue her studies at Oxford and extending her interest in management further, graduated with a D.Phil. in Management in 1992. Concurrent with this she was appointed as Associate Professor in Industrial Relations and Organisational Behaviour at Warwick Business School, at the University of Warwick, where she worked for a period of 12 years from 1991 to 2003.
In 2003 Helen developed an interest in becoming a Complementary Health Practitioner and to enable her to pursue this interest became a freelance researcher and teaching associate within Warwick Business School, a position which she continues to hold today. This career change enabled Helen to qualify as a Registered Homoeopath in 2005, gain a postgraduate diploma in Homoeopathy in 2008 and become a Member of the British Association of Foot Health Professionals in 2007. She now teaches Reiki and Mindfulness Meditation in a busy practice in Coventry.
Having qualified to become an associate member of the Society for Editors and Proof Readers (2013) and having obtained a Diploma in Proof Reading from the Publishing Training Centre (2014) Helen now also works as an academic editor and proof reader, correcting Law text books for the Oxford University Press and helping individual academics across the world prepare their work for publication.
Helen brings a plethora of qualifications and skills, knowledge and experience, all of which will be valuable to the Foundation.
David has a highly successful commercial career spanning some 30 years. He is a strong business leader with a solid track record of achieving profitable business growth through selling and delivering technology enabled business solutions to the Public and Private sectors. David’s core skills are in Executive Management, Business Development and Commercial Management.
His IT career started in the NHS where he held NHS Trust Board responsibility for Information Technology, Clinical Audit and Medical Records. His career then focused upon business development within a range of leading IT services companies including Atos Origin, Cap Gemini and CSC.
Louise has had a challenging and rewarding career in education. She graduated from Worcester College of Higher Education in 1982 with a B.Ed (Hons). She taught for the next twenty years in a variety of nursery and primary schools in Essex, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire , Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire.
In 1988 she began to volunteer as a basic skills tutor and over the next few years she gradually moved to working in Further Education. In 2006 she took a literacy subject specialism qualification and now has over twelve years experience as an adult tutor.
Since September 2008 she has worked for Derbyshire County Council, teaching a range of courses for the Skills for Life Team, including literacy programmes, citizenship courses and family learning courses. These have been in Derbyshire County Council Centres and in the wider community in day centres children’s centres, primary schools and a local prison.
Away from work she still takes a keen interest in education. She has been the local authority governor for a local primary school and is a trustee of an local education trust which was set up for the benefit of the young people in the village where she lives.
Marion Walker is Professor of Stroke Rehabilitation and Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nottingham. She is an occupational therapist by professional background and has played a leading role in developing a research culture within her own profession. She has served as Chair (UK Stroke Forum, Stroke Association Strategic Research Board), President of learned societies (UK Society for Rehabilitation Research) and Associate Director for Rehabilitation and Portfolio Development of the UK Stroke Research Network (2005-2015).
Marion has a strong research portfolio covering a wide area of local, national and international research projects. Marion is a strong advocate of patient partnership and has co-chaired the Nottingham Stroke Research Partnership Group for 10 years. Marion is also passionate about equality for women in STEM subjects and leads the Women in Nottingham (WIN) agenda (previously WinSET Women in Science Engineering and Technology) at the University of Nottingham. Marion is a Trustee of the Stroke Association. Marion was elected to Senate in October 2016 with responsibility for overseeing education, teaching and research, and for the academic quality and standards of the University.
She is an NIHR Senior Investigator and was awarded an MBE in the Queens New Year Honours list 2012 for her service to stroke rehabilitation and stroke survivors. Marion is an international advisor for stroke and stroke rehabilitation research in Sweden, Norway and Australia and holds honorary professorial positions at the University of Sydney, University of Gothenburg and the University of Queensland.
Martin is an IT Special Projects Manager who lives in Derbyshire with wife Eileen, 8 chickens and the occasional pig. Apart from a year post school working on a farm, most of his life has been spent in the construction industry, the last 20 of these for the VELUX Group, Danish manufacturers of roof windows.
He suffered a devastating stroke on 23rd December 2009, which left him in a wheelchair for several months and ultimately with a severe foot drop. With a supportive family and working for a generous and patient employer, he was able to return to work within a year.
Martin feels lucky to have come out favorably on the other side of the stroke experience and knows that others are far less fortunate. It is for this reason he was motivated to give something back and to get involved with the Nottingham Stroke Research Partnership Group (@astroke), where he first came into contact with Ossie. He supports Nottingham University’s efforts to “make a difference” whilst making sure that the voice of the stroke survivor contributes - Martin believes patients need to be heard, not patronised, and to be part of the recovery development process.
Martin echoes Ossie's epithet - “This is about tomorrow, not today...”
We are here to try and make a difference to the many thousands of people who don’t yet know what’s about to hit them, and hopefully by supporting excellent research students, we can help reduce the impact of this terrible disease.
Biography: Ossie Newell, MBE, B.A.HONS (OPEN), HON LLD, C. ENG, F.I.MECH.E, F.E.I, FCMI is a retired Director of AMEC Plc., a large multi-national project management and construction services group, a professional manager and a chartered engineer and was responsible for engineering on a worldwide basis and for the profitability of 17 companies internationally, mainly in the oil and gas industry.
This was the position he held for the last 10 years of his business career. In August 1999 he suffered a stroke and has worked tirelessly ever since as a volunteer in the Health Service, almost on a daily basis.
He has represented patients from the East Midlands at a Summit Conference for Stroke Survivors held in Parliament prior to the launch of the National Stroke Strategy. He is also a retired Board Member of the Acute Care Hospital where he was a stroke patient.
He is passionate about stroke care, (awarded an MBE for Services to Stroke in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List on 13th June 2009) stroke service provision and research and his interests lie in developing partnerships, which will contribute strongly to strategic improvements for patients within these areas of interest.
Ossie is Founder and President of the original @astroke; an Ambassador for Stroke Rehabilitation at the University of Nottingham; Joint Chair of the Nottingham Stroke Research Partnership Group; Former Member of the University of Nottingham Stroke Research Strategy Group; Member of 7 Stroke Research Trial Steering Groups at the Universities of Nottingham, Leicester & Leeds; Associate of CLAHRC–NDL and a Patient Representative on many groups within the Local, Regional & National Health & Social Care Networks & Committees. In July 2013 Ossie received an Honorary Doctorate, Doctor of Laws Honoris causa LLD, from the University of Nottingham for his work in stroke and business.
David has been a qualified Fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants since 1987.
A resident of Nottingham since birth, David has worked in the accountancy profession in Nottingham for virtually all his professional life. Starting with a small but long established firm of Charted Accountants in Nottingham, he completed his employed career working with KPMG. Throughout this time he was advising and working with a broad range of small and medium sized owner managed businesses, many of which are well known Nottingham names, but a lot of which have sadly since disappeared.
David made the leap into running his own practice in 1991, initially with two partners but after a short period, as a sole practitioner, and has been self-employed continuously running the same practice in the centre of Nottingham since then. David currently advises and helps a range of local (and not so local) small and medium owner managed businesses, by reporting to owners and management on all aspects of their financial affairs, be it historical, current or forecast data, and by advising on the best ways to legitimately minimise the amount of taxes they pay. When not at work, David likes to fill his spare time exploring the countryside, keeping fit at the gym and riding high performance motorcycles, and he is an avid follower of motorcycle road and track racing.
Graduating with a diploma in business with languages, Helen began her career in France as an interpreter for a European satellite organisation. On her return to the UK she continued translation work combined with marketing and business development in a start-up aerospace engineering company, growing the business significantly from a UK-only to an international player selling high-value, precision aero-engine machinery globally.
Currently Helen is PA to Professor Marion Walker MBE, Professor in Stroke Rehabilitation and Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Helen is a strong advocate of patient partnership. She is a member of the Nottingham Stroke Research Partnership Group (atastroke). The Group reviews stroke research proposals, ensuring the voice of stroke survivors and carers contributes to research objectives. Helen worked closely with Ossie Newell MBE, the University’s Stroke Ambassador and original founder/Chair of the Group, and continues managing the administration of the Group with the new Chairs. Latterly she assisted Ossie in registering the Ossie Newell Foundation Trust as a charitable organisation and in October 2016 became a Trustee.
Helen was personally affected by stroke when her mother suffered a stroke in 2001, an event that had an impact on the whole family. Helen explored all sorts of services and therapies to help the complex needs that resulted from her Mum’s stroke and give her the best opportunity of recovery and continued wellbeing.
Helen’s skills span PR, Events Management, Marketing, Sales, Business Development, Fundraising, Income Generation, Alumni Relations across a broad range of sectors such as higher education, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, engineering & leisure industries.
Helen previously had strategic responsibility for fundraising, income generation and marketing as Development Director at St John's College Nottingham, building relationships with major donors. Helen was instrumental in establishing new training programmes, a local nursery for students and the local community and the initiation of a state-of-the-art Learning Resource Centre (£2m). At Nottingham Council for Voluntary Service, Helen was successful in applying for European funding (ERDF), East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) and Big Lottery funding to support local third sector community activities. She also led the establishment of new social enterprise, Purple Zebra, to provide affordable IT support for community groups across the East Midlands.
Helen is an Impact Campaign Ambassador for the University of Nottingham and has made a significant personal contribution to partnership and community initiatives by being involved in the Life Cycle fundraising campaigns, personally raising over £8000 for stroke, dementia and breast cancer research.
My Mum, Vesta Taylor, had a stroke in 2001, so I have witnessed and gained insight into the devastating impact a stroke has on not only the stroke patient, but family and friends. Mum was an inspiration, and remained cheerful and resilient even though she was struck down by such a life-changing event. She loved writing and when her right side was weakened by her stroke, I so missed her weekly letters arriving on my doormat. Her stroke had robbed her of one of her most treasured hobbies. Finally, she lost her power of speech so we could no longer talk to each other over the phone. My last communication bond with her across the miles had been cut off. But still she coped admirably with every challenge; one thing she never lost was her trademark smile.
Mum’s gradual decline was really heartbreaking for Dad and the whole family. Vesta finally gave up her struggle in April 2011.
Stroke changes lives - Every year an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke. That's one person every five minutes. Most people affected are over 65, but anyone can have a stroke, including children and even babies. There are a range of longer term problems that continue to face the stroke patient after they have left hospital including: depression, fatigue, visual impairment, speech problems, physical weakness or paralysis, seizures or cognitive problems.
This is why I jumped at the opportunity when asked to be a Trustee of the Ossie Newell Foundation. I feel this is such a worthwhile cause. Although I can no longer help my Mum, I want to do all I can to improve the lives of stroke survivors and their families.
When Ossie asked me to become a Trustee of ONF, I grasped the opportunity with both hands. I’m doing this in memory of Vesta and the thousands of people facing similar challenges.
Stroke research has brought so many improvements for stroke survivors in the last 20 years. The Ossie Newell Foundation fellowships will train the stroke research leaders of the future.
Any one of us may be affected by stroke now or in years to come. Together let’s help improve the lives of stroke survivors and their families.