Our Board of Trustees

Waymarks is a registered charity. Collectively, our Board has a wealth of knowledge and experience about the sector we work in.

The Board is responsible for directing and monitoring our work so that we act properly and meet our objectives. Members include:

Alex Acostas-Armas

Alex is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist who works in the NHS. He has over 25 years’ experience working in mental health both in secure inpatient settings and in the community.

He started working as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in London in July 2005 and has a special interest in learning disabilities and prison mental health. Currently, he works at the North London Forensic Service, which is part of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust. He is a consultant in their inpatient forensic learning disability service and is also a community forensic psychiatrist in the Borough of Barnet. He is also a visiting consultant psychiatrist at a couple of London prisons, with special interest in learning disabilities and ASD cases.

Alex has also been clinical and educational supervisor of psychiatric trainees and non-consultant career grade doctors and is member of the Section 12 and Approved Clinician London Advisory Group and a Section 12/AC Course Organiser.

Martin Boniface

Martin has worked in financial services for most of his career holding a variety of senior management/director type roles. He considers himself to have a sound financial and commercial background. Outside of work he developed an interest in people with learning disabilities, his youngest son has severe epilepsy and learning disabilities and has been supported by Dimensions for the last six years. As such Martin has seen the health and social care system from different perspectives, which has helped him in working with Waymarks and also as a member of the Dimensions National Family and Friends Forum.

Martin is on the Committee of the local Advanced Motorcyclists Groups and a member of Worcester Operatic & Dramatic Society.

Andrew Britton

Andrew is a Finance Director with an MSc in Engineering, MBA in Finance and FCMA, and considerable experience at the strategic and operational levels. He has 20 years’ experience commercial experience within the private and public healthcare industry.

Gained from Executive and Non-Executive positions in large SME’s, family businesses and NHS trusts, Andrew has considerable experience in corporate finance, M&A, change management, and implementation of new business information systems.

Andrew is married and his hobbies include walking around North Wales whenever he gets a chance.

Jackie Fletcher

Jackie has worked in the adult social care for over 30 years in a variety of settings and roles. She has been involved in significant transformation work including the closure of long stay hospitals and the re-provision of support and associated services. Currently she is the Executive Director of Quality and Compliance for Dimensions Group. Jackie has a passion for equal rights and parity for people with learning disabilities/autism. Jackie was instrumental in an award winning development programme for people with learning disabilities in 2009. She chairs Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) Quality and Safeguarding Network and is a trustee of Stepping Stone DS.

Kevin Lewis

Kevin is a non-executive director with Dimensions and chair of the Waymarks Board.

Kevin has spent his career working in mental health and learning disability services across the public and third sectors. His early years were dedicated to closing the old, segregated, long-stay hospitals and developing innovative alternatives. The great challenge now is to overcome assumptions and prejudice, to facilitate meaningful engagement and contribution in local communities. Kevin has a particular organizational interest in how to liberate staff to function with great autonomy.

Steph Thompson

Steph is the MD of Waymarks and a director of Dimensions.

Steph has worked in health and social care for over 30 years. A qualified occupational therapist, Steph started her working life helping establish a crisis intervention team so people could get good support in the community rather than having to go to hospital.

This has always been at the heart of the jobs Steph has done. She has worked in big organisations like the NHS and smaller ones like the housing and support provider she helped set up a long time ago.

Marie Tidball

Dr Marie Tidball is a founding member and Coordinator of the Oxford University Project on Disability Law and Policy. Her academic research has focused on disability within the criminal justice system and adult social care provision for people with autism.

Marie is a Research Associate at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, from where she previously received her MSc and Doctoral degrees. Marie has extensive experience of project managing award-wining campaigns, which have been recognised for driving disability inclusion within academia, civil society, and government.

Prior to her academic career Marie worked as a news producer at Channel 4 News and Policy and Legal Officer at the charity Autism West Midlands.

John Lish

With an autism diagnosis and a background in Regeneration and Social Care, John brings both lived experience and sector knowledge to Waymarks. He was a member of the Barker Commission into the Future of Health and Social Care in England and has contributed to Parliamentary select committees and APPG inquiries.