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About Tara

Tara is the Chief Executive of Ways to Wellness, a large-scale social prescribing service in Newcastle upon Tyne and the first health service in the UK (and globally) with social impact funding. She has led Ways to Wellness since its launch in early 2015, building the service delivery to thousands of patients through a partnership with local charities and social enterprises, NHS commissioners and private investment.

Tara draws upon her broad experience in health from work in NHS commissioning and a decade of clinical patient care as an occupational therapist in England and Canada. Tara holds an MBA from Durham University, an MSc from McMaster University and a BSc from the University of British Columbia. 

Tara is particularly interested in contributing to the GO Lab’s development of best practices and increased transparency in SIB design and delivery, including the cross-sector collaboration inherent in SIBs and, relatedly, the transformational potential of SIBs and outcomes-based commissioning.