Our Team


Our Patron is Professor Dame Carol Black DBE FRCP and we are very grateful to her. Amongst many distinguished appointments, Dame Carol is Chair of The British Library, a Trustee of The National Portrait Gallery, Chair of Centre for Ageing Better and was formerly Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge. A physician by background she was the chief government adviser on Health and Employment, producing The Black Report on addiction, obesity and employment in 2015. She produced the Professor Dame Carol Black Review of Drugs in 2020.

Professor Dame Carol Black GBE FRCP

Advisory Board

The Challenge Hub has an Advisory Board. Members of the Advisory Board are not directors of the company and as such are not responsible for its management but they offer considerable skills and experience to complement those of the Trustees.

Dr Charles Alessi
Physician. Chief Clinical Officer (International), HIMSS. Senior Adviser, Public Health England (Lead for dementia, dementia risk reduction and productive healthy ageing). Member, WHO Expert Panel. Former Chair, National Association of Primary Care
Lesley Booth
Dr Lesley Booth MBE
Former Director of Community Relations & Centre for Lifelong Learning, Univ. of York. MSc Lifelong Learning, Univ. of Stirling. External examiner for adult education courses, Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde. MBE for Services to Higher Education.
Peter Bristowe
Peter Bristowe
Founder, Edison Group. Founder, Vespucci Adventures. Magistrate, Adult and Family Courts. Chairman, Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation. Former Trustee, Trinity Hospice. Former Governing Body, Charterhouse School. Formerly on Independent Monitoring Board, HMP Send
Michael Dooley
Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Established the Poundbury Clinic in Dorset, a women’s health service balancing conventional medicine with complementary therapies. Member of Team GB medical team for 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. Lead gynaecologist for 2012 Olympic Games. Member of IOC committee on exercise and pregnancy. Hon. Treasurer of College of Medicine.
Nicola FiIe
Engagement Advisor for the East and South East Regions at Activity Alliance focusing on enabling disabled people to be active for life. Safeguarding Adults in Sport and Physical Activity Trainer. Former disability lead for Kent Sport.
Nadio Granata
Founder, The Independent Consultancy. Founder, PNG Marketing Consultants. Co-founder, Huddersfield Live. Former Teaching Fellow, University of Leeds. Fellow, Chartered Institute of Marketing. Fellow, Higher Education Academy
David Learmonth
Former Marketing Director (UK/Ireland), PUMA. European Business Planning Manager, Taylor Made adidas Golf Europe. Commercial Director UK, ECCO shoes. Business Development Manager, Sporting Memorabilia London 2012, Innovative Sports Ltd.
Lesley Lyle, Author, MSc in Applied Positive Psychology, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Wellbeing lecturer and teacher in association with Buckinghamshire New University. A proponent of evidence-based practices for positive change and an advocate for positive ageing. UK Ambassador for The World Happiness Summit (WOHASU).
Emma Mortoo
Head of Fundraising at Prison Advice and Care Trust. Formerly Senior Partnerships Manager, Home-School Support. Formerly at Afrikids. Former senior management team, The School for Social Entrepreneurs. Co-founder, Newham Action Against Domestic Violence. Former director, Renewal Refugee and Migrant Project.
Charlie Reston
A specialist in marketing, graphic design and Spanish translation. An MA in Translation Studies. Interests include the classical guitar, hiking and kayaking. Charlie is especially involved in helping the Board to develop and advertise the programme for over-25s.


Richard Pertwee Chairman
Retired Corporate Law Partner at Taylor Wessing LLP (City of London / International Law Firm). Former Chair of Trustees, Cranstoun (addiction services). Trustee, Bowel Research UK. Volunteer Mentor, The School for Social Entrepreneurs. Former Magistrate (now Supplemental List JP) Adult and Youth Courts. Former School Governorships (2). FRSA

Lady Anne Stoneham MBE
Former Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Portsmouth. Business Services Leader, Portsmouth Business School. Former Solicitor, Coward Chance (now Clifford Chance). NED, Isle of Wight NHS Trust. Former Chair of Trustees, UK Youth. Trustee, Avon Tyrrell Trust. Former Chair of Trustees, Friends of Birzeit University. Former School Governorships (3)
Richard Baxter
Retired general dental practitioner. Owned and ran own dental practice for 32 years. Former Royal Naval dentist. Trustee and treasurer in a number of local charities

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