Dr Tim Robson OBE
Tim is a founding trustee, leading New Hope as Chairman from 1991 to 2008. He is a qualified medical doctor and this 40-year-long vocation has led him as far afield as a refugee camp in northern Thailand. Tim settled in Watford in 1983, where he saw a growing need for a surgery offering specialist support to people suffering health issues as a result of poverty and homelessness. As a consequence, the Meadowell Surgery (now known as Health Inclusion Matters) was launched in 2003 as an NHS GP surgery offering specialist primary care for those who are homeless, which is situated next to New Hope's Haven Support Centre. Today, this surgery and Tim’s work remains vital for people in the town who are suffering from substance and alcohol misuse and mental health issues.
Tim now works part-time as the clinical lead for the Pathway Homeless Healthcare team at University College Hospitals London, supporting homeless inpatients and advocating for housing for them. Tim is also Chair of Trustees of Tower Hamlets Mission, a 12 step residential rehabilitation programme in Whitechapel. Tim was awarded an OBE in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to the homeless in Hertfordshire.