NALW Executive Board

NALW Executive Board

The board of directors have legal responsibility for directorship, overall strategic planning, and risk assessment. The board works closely with the NALW Council and the CEO. The board comprises
appointed directors, and the chair of the NALW Council and CEO.

Beverley Taylor


Beverley Taylor works as Equalities Lead in the People and Communities division of NHS England. She has experience of working across all sectors. In her younger days, if you’d have cut her in half, she was a civil servant stick of rock, working across many Government Departments. She started at HM Court Services, moving to the Foreign Office spending three idyllic years posted abroad in Bangkok, Thailand, helping distressed British citizens, of which there were many.

Life back in the UK saw her return to Court Service before joining the Home Office Government Office Yorkshire and Humber, leading a substance misuse treatment programme, which became her passion. In 2007, she was seconded to West Yorkshire Police for three years, working with substance misuse drugs workers in custody suites on Integrated Offender Management. This sparked her interest in joining up services and making outcomes better for people. She often says this was the forerunner to social prescribing as we know it today.

When her secondment ended and disillusioned with central government, she enjoyed a five-year spell with NAVCA, a national voluntary sector organisation. She joined NHSE partnerships team in 2018 as part of the Coalition for Collaborative Care. She has a busy home life, married with 2.5 children (stepson), with a spread of age ranges 32, 20, and 13, which keeps her busy. When she does get free time, she enjoys going to the gym.

Robert Pettigrew FRSA, MCIPR


An economist by background, Robert Pettigrew is a policy, communications and regulatory affairs professional who has been involved in various different charities, social enterprise and public appointments. He is an entrepreneur and is currently also a non-executive director and chairman of a company based in London, as well as serving as a consultant and executive in other projects. 

He has worked in a number of different health and social care policy roles, including advising on matters of national policy, in local government, in professions allied to health and other related initiatives, such as applied technology policy and regulatory affairs. With a variety of different policy roles under his belt, he brings a broad-based perspective, drawn from areas as disparate as financial services innovation, international relations and criminal justice policy. He has served as a local councillor in a unitary authority, and takes an active interest in the development and implementation of policy and regulatory affairs.

Outside of business, Robert is an active Liveryman in the City of London, and an organist. He enjoys going to the opera, watching cricket and trying to keep up with a growing backlog of reading whilst spending time with his young family.



Kay has worked in the NHS for her whole career. Accepting redundancy from NHS England in 2014 Kay decided to look for her dream job as a Practice Manager. Her first job was at Alvanley Family Practice where she developed a collaborative practice model to work with volunteers and the local community to add capacity and improve health outcomes.

In 2020 Kay was one of 4 Practice Managers who set up The Institute of General Practice Management, an organisation that holds the professional register for all managers in Primary Care.

She now works at Urban Village Medical Practice in Ancoats, Manchester. It is a unique practice having a standard contract, but also a contract to provide health care to the city’s homeless community. The practice works closely with statutory and voluntary bodies, community interest companies and those experiencing homelessness to improve health outcomes.

Melissa Noton


Melissa has worked for 31 years within Nursing and the NHS. She first worked in adult surgical care, then as a Health Visitor, and later as a Team Lead in Children’s Mental Health. She moved into management roles progressively, culminating in four years within a senior Clinical Governance role, and finally as a Service Manager for Child and Adolescents Mental Health Services across Oxfordshire. Here she launched services within the new CAMHS model across Oxfordshire, including the brand new Single Point of Access.

She then retired from the NHS and further developed her work around Clinical Supervision. She also studied further and works in Coaching/Executive Coaching. She is a Trustee with Guideposts Trust (a Mental Health and Learning Disability Charity), and RAW/RAW Workshops (working with those facing barriers to employment and young people referred from CAMHS, helping with mental health challenges).

She holds a BA Hons in Nursing, an MSc in Public Health, and Post Graduate qualifications in Leadership and Change Management as well as Specialist Public Health Practitioner. She is passionate about Service Development, Clinical Supervision, and Coaching, as well as Professional Development. She also brings great enthusiasm and excitement.

Christiana Melam MBE

Founder & CEO

Christiana Melam MBE is the award-winning founder and chief executive of the National Association of Link Workers (NALW). A published author and visiting lecturer, she holds a master’s degree in public health and health promotion and is pursuing a PhD in social prescribing.

Her accomplishments include being recognised in the Health Service Journal’s 50 Most Influential Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic People in Health Power list for three consecutive years and on The Telegraph’s 100 Female Founders watch list. She was honoured with an MBE for her services to social prescribing in the King’s New Year Honours List 2024.

Marie Adams

Nationally Elected Council Member & Chair of Council

Marie is a social prescriber and chair of the NALW Council. She believes Social Prescribing is the future of NHS healthcare, not in isolation but as an integral part of the NHS plan. It is not an emergency service; it is here to support and encourage patients to take action for their own health.

Social Prescribers are approachable, understanding, creative, and want the best outcomes for their patients. They are knowledgeable about what is available within the local communities and what could be commutable, and they are aware of the gaps that exist. While patients are unsure of starting something new or engaging in an activity, Social Prescribers are there listening and encouraging.

To ensure this essential service is developed even further, she is delighted to become an elected council member to ensure they are represented to ensure there is training and skill development, career progression, and funding for services to which they refer people.