Meet The Trustees


Mike Farrar – Chair of Trustees

Mike Farrar is an independent management consultant with 15 years of CEO experience in the NHS, having stepped down as the Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation in September 2013. Since that time Mike has been a member of the PwC Health Industries Oversight Board. As well as starting up a number of small companies aimed at promoting health innovations, and links between health and sport.

He also worked as the national programme director of NHS Live, chaired the Office for Life Sciences Innovation Delivery Board and was the key architect of the North West Advancing Quality programme, which involved one of the world’s largest and most successful pay for performance quality improving schemes in health care, saving hundreds of lives a year

Mike was also the Vice and Interim Chair of Sport England, and in August 2009 was appointed as National Director for Sport and Health. Mike was also awarded the CBE in 2005 for services to the NHS.

Richard Thewlis – CEO- Huddersfield Giants

Richard joined the Giants in 1999. A business studies graduate of De Montfort University, he first worked in a packaging factory moving through production to hold a sales position worth nearly three million pounds. A fresh challenge appeared at the Giants and he started as the clubs first business development manager, moving through marketing to become general manager and then the youngest ever managing director in the game. Two Wembley finals have followed and the clubs first league leaders shield for 81 years. Away from the office in the odd hour or so he doesn’t work Richard is a keen active sportsman.

Helen Stevens – Marketing Manager NHS

Helen has 20 years communications and engagement experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors. She started her career as a journalist and went on to work with Atlas Public Relations, the Campaign Company, Bernardo’s, Marie Curie Cancer Care, the NHS and the Environment Agency. She now uses her extensive knowledge in the strategic development, management and delivery of communications, engagement and marketing for the NHS in Yorkshire.

Tina Vink – Funding/Safeguarding

Tina Vink has over 30 years’ experience working with children and families in various roles and services. This has included working with statutory agencies, voluntary sector, being self-employed freelance and also consultancy basis.

The services have included, youth work, children’s residential, street homeless, mental health, Secure Training Centres, Young Offenders Institutions, adult prisons (male and female) High Secure Psychiatric hospitals, Violence against women and girls, drug and alcohol projects, street gangs and violence (inner cities), Youth Offending teams, Contact Centres, Domestic Violence projects, Carers, and training other professionals.

Tina also has experience in Family Group Conference, training, Facilitating groups, advocacy and children’s rights and has been the named identified person for organisations for Safeguarding and child protection.

In addition to this, she has experience in working within Legal frameworks (alongside solicitors and barristers) best practice frameworks, Mental Health Act Children Act, Family Law, Employment Law and Criminal Law.

Jason Whitworth – Corporate Finance Partner – BDO

Jason is an experienced corporate finance partner (M&A Partner) with over 17 years specialising as a lead advisor on corporate finance transactions. Jason has a successful track record advising corporates, entrepreneurs and private equity on disposals and raising investment capital. Jason’s experience is across a wide range of sectors, with a particular focus on industrial, manufacturing, logistics and support services. Jason has experience of international buyers and investors and has worked with many businesses aligned with the Government for key income streams. Jason is one of 10 M&A equity partners in DBO, Jason takes an active role supporting the national strategy.

Jason is head of M&A Yorkshire & the North East. Jason coordinates the service proposition across the north and leads the BDO manufacturing and industrials team in the region.

Jason is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has a degree in Accounting and Financial Management.