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Richard Adams

Richard Adams - Chair

Richard is the founder of several successful UK social enterprises that allow people to express ethical values through their work, spending or saving.  He chaired Newcastle and North Tyneside Community Health prior to the NHS reorganisation and has been a member of the EU’s European Economic and Social Committee and the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change in Brussels since 2001.

 Alison MAchin

Dr Alison Machin - Vice Chair

Alison is a Teaching Fellow and Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Life Sciences at Northumbria University. She has a background in health visiting and nursing.


Bob Morton

Bob Morton - Treasurer

Bob, a Chartered Accountant, is a seasoned Financial Director with over 30 years experience at a senior financial level having worked within a variety of businesses and industries.

 David Sharp

David Sharp - Trustee

 David is a Chartered Engineer and spent most of his working life in the telecommunications industry. He was latterly a programme and project manager, working on the introduction of broadband services

carole pitkeathley

Carole Pitkeathley - Trustee

Carole is a consultant in customer experience issues, having enjoyed a career within the energy sector and other industries. She was a Board Member of NEA, a charity which campaigns against fuel poverty and now sits on Warmzones, their Social Enterprise Company. She is also a Board member of Northumberland Healthwatch.


Tracy HArrison

Tracy Harrison - Trustee

Tracy is Deputy Chief Executive at the Northern Housing Consortium, a body representing social landlords across the north. She has extensive procurement and marketing experience

John Booth

John Booth – Trustee

John is a property lawyer and specialised in public and private sector development projects. He has a personal interest in the care of people with dementia. 

Bill Carr

Bill Carr – Trustee

Bill is interested in good design of older persons housing and has helped to promote the HAPPI principles (Housing our Aging Population - Panel for Innovation) to encourage organisations seeking funding from the HCA to innovate and learn from the advice contained in the HAPPI recommendations.

 Stephen Hodgson

Stephen Hodgson – Trustee

Steve has a strong belief that in the current climate we should do all we can to support our people and charities involved in social care.  He believes that his current role and skills can add significant value to the development of the Dementia Hub in North Tyneside.

Julie Gillson

Julie Gillson - Trustee

Julie has a background in health and is very interested in the care and support of older people. Previously held Senior Nursing positions with Northumbria and Newcastle Hospital Foundation Trusts.

Chris Swan

 Chris Swan - Trustee

Chris is responsible for developing the IT Strategy and for the success of the IT transformation plan within LRG and Europe. He wants to give something back to the community and share the experience he has learnt in the private sector.

Our statement of Governance Principles