Stroke Rehabilitation Research

Ossie Newell, MBE

Ossie is ...

  • A Stroke Survivor, and Campaigner for Stroke
  • An Ambassador for Stroke Rehabilitation at the University of Nottingham
  • Founder and Chair of Trustees of the Ossie Newell Foundation Trust.  More information:
  • A Member of the University of Nottingham Stroke Research Strategy Group
  • A Member of 7 Stroke Research Trial Steering Groups the Universities of Nottingham, Leicester & Leeds
  • An Associate of CLAHRC-NDL
  • A Patient Representative on many groups within the Local, Regional & National Health & Social Care
  • Networks & Communities

Qualifications & Awards

  • BA (Hons) in Arts & Humanities with the Open University
  • C.Eng, FIMech E, FEI, FCMI
  • MBE - awarded for Services to Stroke, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List on 13th June 2009
  • Awarded Longstanding Volunteer of the Year at The University of Nottingham Inaugural Volunteer Awards, 2016
  • Awarded a Commemorative Medal, the Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE), European Year of the Volunteer October 2011, by the Stroke Association for dedicated work as a Media Volunteer for Stroke

A short biography

A retired Director of AMEC Plc, a large multi-national project management and construction services group, Ossie is a professional manager and chartered engineer and was responsible for engineering on a worldwide basis and for the profitability of 17 companies internationally, mainly in the oil and gas industry. This was the position he held for the last 10 years of his business career. Ossie has been a Locum Chairman, or Chief Executive of a variety of companies since his retirement.

In August 1999 he suffered a stroke and has worked tirelessly ever since as a volunteer in the Health Service, almost on a daily basis. Ossie represented patients from the East Midlands at a Summit Conference for Stroke Survivors held in Parliament prior to the launch of the National Stroke Strategy. He is also a retired Board Member of the Acute Care Hospital where he was a stroke patient. He is passionate about stroke care, stroke service provision and research and his interests lie in developing partnerships, which will contribute strongly to strategic improvements for patients within these areas of interest.

Over the years he has received various awards and has written several books and papers on a variety of subjects including stroke. When the two acute care hospitals in Nottingham were merged some 6 plus years ago and a “four ward stroke unit” was created on the City Campus of NUH, the wards were renamed and in recognition of Ossie’s work for the stroke unit, one of the sub-acute wards now bears his name, the Newell Ward.

He also has a keen interest in Architecture, History, including history of Italian Religious Art, 1350 to the Renaissance period and also Philosophy and Theology.

Presently he is the President of the Nottingham Stroke Services Partnership Action Group, brand named @astroke, which he founded initially in 2001. He is also joint chair, with Professor Marion Walker of the University of Nottingham, of the Nottingham Research Consumer Group, created in 2004.

Ossie is also formerly a member of:

  • Joint Chair of the Nottingham Stroke Research Partnership Group
  • The Board of Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre NHS Trust
  • The National Stroke Management Board at the DoH
  • Stroke East Midlands (an Ambassador)
  • The East Midlands Cardiac & Stroke Network Board
  • The East Midlands Stroke Network Patient Partnership Board (Chair)
  • The Expert Stroke Panel for the East Midlands Projects
  • The Hyper-Acute Accreditation Team East Midlands
  • The East Midlands Hyper-Acute Stroke Project Board
  • NHS Improvements (an Associate)


Stroke Rehabilitation Research

The University of Nottingham
School of Medicine

telephone: +44 (0) 115 823 0246