Chair – Simon Elliott
Simon is the HR Leader of Procter & Gamble Newcastle Innovation Centre. Simon has served as a trustee and Chair of the Board of the Tyneside Cinema and also as Chair of the North Tyneside Regeneration Partnership. As a supporter and executive member of a local Scout group, he has shaken a bucket outside B&Q more than once! Simon hopes he will be able to bring his experience in these differing roles to the post of independent Chair of Newcastle CVS.
Vice Chair - Ruth Abrahams
Ruth has been a board member since 2005. She is very active in the voluntary sector being a representative on the Voluntary Sector Liaison Group and a trustee of both Disability North and Age Concern Newcastle. She has been instrumental in starting various voluntary organisations and her main interests are in advocacy, direct payments and regeneration. Her experience includes fundraising, managing voluntary organisations, running conferences and giving lectures both nationally and internationally.
Vice Chair - Anne Bonner
Anne has been a board member since 2010. She is the Manager of Riverside Community Health Project and she is responsible for strategic and operation management. She is also a trustee of SEARCH and Newcastle YMCA. She has worked in the voluntary and community sector for over 20 years. She is qualified to NVQ5 in Management and has a Masters in Public Health. Most of her experience is focussed on with working with families, women and BME communities.
Treasurer - Lynda Rochester
Lynda is an experienced finance professional currently working for Home Group Limited, one of the largest providers of social housing and supported services in the UK. Lynda is a Corporate Finance Manager and a member of Home Group’s Business Leadership Team. As a qualified Chartered Management Accountant her strengths lie in financial management and reporting, forecasts and budgets and preparing the Group’s annual financial statements. Prior to her role in Home Group Lynda worked in the commercial sector for Finance teams at both Northern Rock and British Gas plc. Lynda has lived in the Newcastle area all her life and is keen to offer her skills and experience in support of Newcastle CVS in their work, and ultimately improve the lives and communities in the area. Lynda is also on the board of Directors for Ellison Services which is the trading arm of Newcastle CVS.
Andrew has been a board member since 2011. He took over as Chief Executive of North East Enterprise Bond in December 2008 having worked for the organisation for two years previously. His career started in education where he worked as classroom teacher before becoming Assistant Head of Faculty and Head of Department. In 2004 Andrew changed careers to work on a regional enterprise and education magazine. Over two years he worked on all aspects of the magazine’sproduction from writing to photography as well as business development, eventually taking the role of Director of Corporate and Community Strategy.
Steve is Chairperson and Coordinator of VOLSAG, Newcastle's mental health voluntary sector network, and represents the sector at the CCG led Mental Health Programme Board, and other strategic fora. He is a qualified occupational therapist and drama therapist with over thirty years experience in health and social care and other parts of the public sector, especially mental health services. Since 1998 he has led a variety of service development projects across a range of different organisational settings, and since 2006 he has undertaken this as an independent consultant. He is also a musician, and a founder member of Playback Theatre York, offering creative, drama based ways of working with communities, groups and teams.
Jamie is the Managing Director of Food Nation, a social enterprise that inspires people about good food. He is also a trustee at Stroke North East and Involve North East. Born and bred in a Yorkshire pub, Jamie is passionate about everything to do with food! This passion is evident in his commitment and determination in developing Food Nation's work across the North East. He is also studying for a masters degree in Food Policy at City University, London.
Kate Israel is currently chair of West End Women and Girls Centre. She has worked for many years in Local Government and have many years experience in Community Development work. Her most recent experience before leaving Local Government included; developing and supporting partnerships such as Community safety and Health and Social Care Partnerships, Community Resilience and Emergency Planning, Adult Safeguarding and Domestic Violence services and Commissioning Adult Social Care services. Kate works as a freelance consultant and has undertaken a range of community development commissions.
Martin Horrocks has 30 years’ experience of managing finances in both commercial and charitable sectors. These range from marine engineers, travelling ice skating shows, international cable and carpet manufacturers to small voluntary sector organisations. These organisations have varied in size from £500k to £30m turnover, employing between 8 and 600 people.