Newcastle CVS is governed by a trustee board that oversees the financial and legal security of the organisation as well as leading on governance. The board meets monthly throughout the year and extra meetings are arranged when necessary. All our trustees are elected by Newcastle CVS members at our annual general meeting. A staff council of four board members and four staff members meets quarterly to discuss issues relating to staff wellbeing. Our current trustees are:
 

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 - Martin Horrocks
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.

Steve Nash
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 Sadler

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
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.

The Revd Dr Nicholas Buxton
Nicholas Buxton joined the board in October 2015. He has been the Vicar of the Church of St John the Baptist, Grainger Street, since 2012, when he moved to Newcastle from Ripon Cathedral. In addition, he is also the 'Church and Society Adviser' for the Diocese of Newcastle, networking with churches and voluntary and public sector organisations in areas broadly related to issues of 'social responsibility'. In this capacity he has been involved in a number of initiatives, including Newcastle City of Sanctuary and Citizen's UK.
 
John Litherland
John Litherland is Chair of Recyke Y Bike a vibrant social enterprise and charity (based in Byker) dedicated to the reuse of donated cycles.  He has also been a longstanding trustee of SkillsBridge from its inception in 2011 when he was heavily involved in its initial development.  He is a retired chartered town planner by profession and has had substantial experience of business support and community regeneration.  John's past employment was with local government where he held Director positions in Durham and Northumberland.
 
Joanne McKenna
Joanne McKenna is Director of Finance at The Albert Kennedy Trust, an LGBT Youth Homeless Charity.  She trained with one of the Big 4 accountacy firms before moving into the charity sector in 1994, working at Northern Stage, a local producing theatre for 22 years. She is on the board of balletLORENT and is a governor at a local school.