Rob Thompson (Chairperson)
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Lesley Blundell
Lesley Blundell became a trustee in March 2016 and has over 30 years experience in general management and human resources. She was Head of Human Resources for Darlington Borough Council until 2012, has a Masters Degree in Employment Law and was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

David Emerton
David has been a Christian since the 1970’s and worships at All Saints Church, Preston on Tees.  He is married to Linda and has three grown up sons.  David was an Accident and Emergency Consultant at North Tees Hospital from 1993 to2019 and Medical Director 2010-2016. He was a member of the Governing Body of the Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group 2020-2022.

Andrew Malcolm
Andrew became a trustee in 2019 having previously served on the board of Middlesbrough College for 6 years, chairing their audit and risk committee along with serving as a trustee at several schools and special needs charities.  Andrew is a qualified accountant with 30 years financial experience and has worked in the social housing sector for 25 years as well as working in Education, NHS, Construction and Private sectors.  Andrew is passionate in his support for those who are disadvantaged in any way.

Toks Sangowawa

Toks joined the Board in August 2009 and is currently Clinical Director of Public Health, NHS Tees and prescribing consultant for specialist young people's substance misuse services 2001 to date.

Catherine Neville

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Michelle Carr

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Gemma Scire

Gemma has worked in a variety of roles across West and North Yorkshire, including within local authorities and NHS services; commissioning drug and alcohol services, developing whole family approaches, strengthening partnerships around offender management and struggling families.  Latterly, she has successfully led a sex work and sexual exploitation charity as CEO and chaired a consortia of women's organisations focussed on bringing about systems change.  She is currently studying for an MSc in Systems Thinking with the pen University and her current role is as a Grants and Programmes Manager for Woodsmith Foundation.  Gemma is a Christian who believes in radical hope, inclusion and social justice.

When not working she's found walking her 3 dogs with her husband, motorcycling, on a paddleboard, or swimming in the sea off the coast.

A Way Out is currently looking for new trustees, in particular those with Legal, HR, Health and Digital experience to help us to continue in the next exciting stage in our development. As a new trustee, you would be joining a small team of existing Trustees to support our work in the Tees Valley area.

Your role would include providing input into our strategic direction, including our vision, aims and overarching strategy, you will help guarantee that the organisation functions within the legal and financial requirements of a registered charity.  As a Trustee you will also take responsibility for overseeing the management of the charity while concurrently delegating management to the Chief Executive Officer.

We are looking for creative individuals with demonstrable leadership skills. We are particularly keen to hear from candidates with a range of experience and skills from across the legal sectors who are also supportive of the Christian ethos of the organisation.

Interested parties should contact for further information.

We are currently recruiting to the Trustee Board: