Meet Our Team

Paul Newton
Managing Director
Paul is a learning disability nurse with over 35 years experience. He has spent most of his career developing and implementing new models of care and local services for people with learning disabilities. This has included community based assessment and treatment units, crisis and assertive outreach teams, forensic learning disability inpatient and community services. Paul's passion is to develop person centred services that support individuals with complex needs to live fulfilling and rewarding lives as part of their local communities.
Derek Benn
Operational Director
A learning disability nurse with over 20 years of experience working with people with learning disabilities and complex needs within inpatient and community based services. Derek's particular interest is involving people in their care and service development. He was a winner in 2014 of the NHS Leadership Academy's Patient Inclusivity Award.
Rob Cowell
Director
Robs career to date has been within the Public Sector, commencing in Local Authority in 1978, and then joining the National Health Service in 1990. Since 1995, Rob has held senior managerial positions within the Estates and Facilities Management Directorate and was recently appointed Director of Operations EFM and has responsibility for Estates, Hotel Services including Health, Safety and Security for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. Rob has a broad knowledge of design and capital development, including the management of external contracts. Rob has Honours Degrees in Construction Management and am currently involved in a range of strategy developments within Estates and Facilities Management.
Alastair Jeeves
Head of Corporate Development and Governance
Alastair qualified as a learning disability nurse in 1989. Since then he has managed inpatient, community and day services for people with learning disabilities. He has been responsible for a number of service development and change projects across Teesside and County Durham. He believes that person centredness is the key factor in delivering high quality services for people with learning disabilities.
Ian Aisbitt
PBS Consultant
Ian has worked in services supporting people with learning disabilities for over forty-one years. He is a learning disability nurse but also spent six years working in social services provision and qualified as a Social Worker during that time. He qualified as a Behaviour Therapist in 1997 and managed a community based Behaviour Support Team for over six years. He went on to hold several senior management positions and led on the development of services for people whose behaviours were described as challenging. He was then appointed as Nurse Consultant and was the Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Lead for TEWV Adult learning disability services before retiring from the NHS in 2017.
Karen Harkin
Registered Team Manager
Karen is a learning disability nurse with over 30 years' experience employed in positions as Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse, Acting Nurse Specialist and most recently as Registered Team Manager. Karen has developed her career and supported individuals in learning disability services in hospital and community settings, including generic learning disabilities inpatient departments. Throughout her career Karen has been involved in clinical coordination and facilitation of person focused formulation, leading to the production of clear care plans and clinical intervention through leadership. Karen has had experience of supporting individuals from admission through to discharge. She has supported individuals and staff through the change process, planning and providing support to ensure a person's transition to their new home is successful. Supporting them to move forward, working with new care providers to enable them to get to know individuals and to support them to move forward from inpatient setting to community based person centred care provision. Karen will always ensure that she follows a person centred approach to enable people to reach their full potential. She will utilise her skills, knowledge and experience to ensure the best outcome for people.
Andrew Parkes
Registered Team Manager
Andrew is a learning disability nurse with over 17 years of experience. Andrew's main experience of nursing has been within community and in-patient learning disabilities forensic services. Andrew also has significant management experience both working within the NHS and the private sector. Andrew also has other significant experience of working with people with complex mental health and challenging behaviour needs. The main aim in Andrews career is to support people coming out hospital to have a more meaningful life within the community.
Nicola Swales
Registered Team Manager - Young Person Service
Nicola has supported children and young people within a low secure setting since qualifying as a Learning Disability Nurse in 2015. More recently Nicola has supported a young person in a bespoke package which she enjoyed greatly. Prior to completing her nurse training Nicola was employed as a Nursing Assistant for 8 years in a Learning Disability Forensic Hospital.
David Black
Office Manager
David is currently PIPS Office Manager. Prior to this role David worked for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust for almost two years and was most recently PIPS Project Support Officer within the Trust. He is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the PIPS office on a day-to-day basis. Some of David's duties include: Development of the website and managing our social media sites (Facebook and Twitter) and producing marketing materials including promotional and information leaflets. As well as co-ordinating Payroll and recruitment within PIPS. David is also responsible for managing and supporting the junior members of the PIPS admin team.
Lesley Blair
Corporate Support Officer
Before joining PIPS Lesley worked within the NHS for over 28 years and is now PIPS Corporate Support Officer. Lesley's responsibilities include supporting the Managing Director and the other Directors to provide the best possible outcomes for PIPS. Lesley is also responsible for updating and communication with Companies House and will also support junior members of the PIPS admin team.
Hannah Daniell
Business Administration Apprentice
Hannah is PIPS Business Administration Apprentice, she is responsible for supporting the rest of the PIPS Admin Team. Hannah provides support in a number of areas including HR, finance and communications. Outside of work Hannah enjoys travelling to new places with family and friends.
Emma Young
Office Assistant
Emma has previously had experience working in the HR Department of a local Council. Emma is responsible for scanning and photocopying documents, welcoming visitors, ordering stationary, sorting incoming and outgoing mail and helping to keep the office clean and tidy. Emma likes drama and acting and is a member of a local theatre company.