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  • About our trustees

    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 bi-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 meet quarterly to discuss issues relating to staff wellbeing. Our current trustees are:

  • Chair – Simon Elliott

    Simon has been Chair of Newcastle CVS since 2015 and is also the Chair of Northern Stage.  He has previously served as Chair of North Tyneside Regeneration Partnership and of Tyneside Cinema.  In his professional life, Simon was HR leader of Procter & Gamble Innovation Centres, retiring in 2018 after more than 30 years.    Simon has lived in the North East since 1981, is married to Julie and they have two grown up children.  He is passionate about the impact the arts can make in transforming lives and the responsibility everyone has to make society better, particularly for those in most need.



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  • 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 Northern Stage.  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.

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  • 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.

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  • Steve Nash

    Steve is Chairperson and Coordinator of VOLSAG, the mental health voluntary sector network for Newcastle and Gateshead, and represents the sector at the CCG led Mental Health Advisory Group and other strategic fora. He is a qualified occupational therapist and dramatherapist 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 between 2006 and 2016 he did this as an independent consultant.  In addition to being a Trustee at Newcastle CVS He is a Director of Blue Stone Consortium, and Co Chair of ReCoCo, the Recovery College Collective. He is also a musician, and works internationally as a Playback Theatre practitioner, offering creative, drama based ways of working with communities, groups and teams. 

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  • Jamie Sadler

    Managing Director and founder of Food Nation, an award winning and nationally recognised social enterprise creating learning experiences and environments that inspire people about healthy and sustainable food. Led the initial development of Food Newcastle, Newcastle’s first ever food focused city plan, and Harissa, an award winning sustainable restaurant. Born and bred in a pub in North Yorks, studied Nutrition at Newcastle University and Food Policy at London City University. Passionate about sustainable food, drink, travelling, sport (especially football) and the North East.

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  • Kate Israel

    Kate Israel is currently chair of Healthwatch Newcastle.  She is also a trustee of Tell Us North. 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.  

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  • 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 is also Chair of Newcastle Cycling Stakeholders Forum. 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.

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  • 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.

  • Nitin Shukla

    Nitin is Policy, Performance and Scrutiny Officer at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria. He has worked in the public sector for over 30 years and has experience of equality and diversity. Nitin is Chair of Haven Tyneside which provides supported accommodation for vulnerable people; Vice Chair of Governors at Bridgewater Primary School; Development Board Member of Marie Curie Hospice and member of the ITV Tyne Tees Diversity Panel. Nitin is also a member of Newcastle University Court and Secretary of the North East Gujarati Association. He is a passionate Rotarian, Past President of Newcastle West Rotary Club.

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