Age UK Northumberland is governed by a Board of local Trustees who have strategic responsibility to ensure the Charity delivers its services, and applies its income, to support older people in Northumberland. Day to day operations are led by the Chief Executive and Senior Leadership Team, with a staff of 300 employees and volunteers based both centrally and across the County.
Board of Trustees
Andrew Marsh (Chair of Board of Trustees)
Andrew has spent the last 20 years specialising in the launch, growth, turnaround and transformation of various business ventures. He has operated in both the Public and Private sectors, having started life in procurement he quickly progressed onto Chief Executive roles in engineering, manufacturing, IT and Business Process outsourcing sectors. Today Andrew has a wide portfolio of businesses, investment and volunteer positions with one common purpose; helping others make the most out of their lives.
In his role as Chair, Andrew, is using his corporate experience to grow the talents of Age UK Northumberland to build a sustainable future for the Charity.
Ralph has been a trustee since 2014.
He is an Emeritus Professor from Northumbria University, where he was an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Health and Community Studies. He has had a long history of involvement in the voluntary and community sector, he was Chair of Newcastle CVS for eight years, and the vice chair of Skills for Care North East. Ralph is also an elected member of the Northumberland VCS Assembly and in his role as Health and Social care representative he sits on the Northumberland County Council, Health and Wellbeing Board. He is a long standing member of Warkworth Drama Group and on the Warkworth Memorial Hall Committee. A keen cyclist and occasional gardener, he is also an enthusiastic, if not always successful chess player.
Parry has been a Trustee since 2016.
Parry has spent 27 years as a Management Consultant both with premier firms (Accenture and Atos) and as an independent, with the past 16 years at Partner level. An excellent trouble-shooter, and leader of major business and technology change programmes, building the high performance teams necessary to deliver.
Primarily focused on Central Government he has spent a significant time at the Department for Work and Pensions, the Child Support Agency and the Rural Payments Agency. Parry has the reputation for being first man in and last man out, building trusted relationships that deliver results.
Parry also has significant experience responding to Pre-Qualification Questionnaires and Invitations to Tender for public sector contracts, so hopefully will be able to pull his weight when the Home Care contract is up for renewal.
George has been a Trustee since 2016.
George has over 25 years experience in business, with focus on Leadership, Strategy Execution and CEO coaching. He has a strong business technology background.
His core values are Trust, Respect, Integrity and Fairness.
George is also a Vistage Chairman, where he acts as facilitator and executive business coach for groups of CEOs, providing board level leadership development and performance improvement while helping to build high performance teams.
George, who has a degree in Geology, is married with three grown up boys and lives in Edinburgh.
Antonia has been a Trustee since 2016.
Antonia has 25 years experience in PR, social media, media relations and crisis management. She is a member of the CIPR and has run her own agency as well as held in house and senior agency positions in the region. She is currently a freelance consultant offering a range of services to clients across the UK.
Antonia's heart lies in supporting charitable efforts, and throughout her career she has experience with the Age UK Northumberland brand and its promotion in the County.
Antonia is also a regional director and ambassador for women in business, and has an enviable book of contacts who can in turn support the Charity's efforts.
Sophie has been a Trustee since 2016.
Sophie is able to support Age UK Northumberland by providing strategic guidance on a range of HR and people related issues. A champion for women in the North East, Sophie has a passion for diversity and equality. Her ambition for Age UK Northumberland is to ensure that all employees know what is expected of them and that there are clear progression paths for all roles.
Anu has been a Trustee since 2016.
She graduated in 1999 and went on to obtain her BVC barristers postgraduate qualification in 2000 at the University of Northumbria. In 2004, Anu cross qualified to become a solicitor and in 2006 became one of a small group of solicitors to gain Higher Rights of Audience in the courts.
Anu has over 16 years worth of employment, personal injury and immigration law experience within 3 of the most prestigious law firms in the North East. She has a keen interest in actively engaging within this role to ensure that the needs of older people in Northumberland are understood and catered for by our services or the appropriate partner organisations.
Martin has recently retired after 39 years of work in the finance functions of private, public and voluntary sector organisations. He qualified as a management accountant in 1983, completed an MBA in 1991 and has been a director in four organisations. His interest in the public and voluntary sectors, as well as in the role of trustee in another organisation, has been to ensure that people in the community can access those services which improve the quality of their lives.
Trish is the most recent addition to the board, having joined us in 2017.
Originally from a dairy farming family in South West Scotland, she naturally obtained a degree in agriculture at Edinburgh University, before firstly becoming involved in grain haulage in Northumberland, and then latterly, qualifying as a member of both the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, and more recently The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
She is currently director of a firm of Accountants, which sees her involved in many types of business, from fishing to manufacturing, from restaurants to building, where she helps the owners to overcome the multitude of problems which beset them on a daily basis. Her position also involves advising 4 different Charities, so she is well versed in the ways of the Voluntary Sector.
Additionally, she is a school governor, giving freely of her time on behalf of the children, and supporting the school in its aim to be the best it can, and to provide the best possible educational opportunities for all the children.
She is passionately striving to do the best for any organisation she is involved with, and she brings energy and enthusiasm to each of her roles.
President of Age UK Northumberland
Sir Donald Irvine
CBE, MD, FRCGP, FRCP, FMedSCi
Senior Leadership Team
Our Senior Leadership Team is comprised of:
- Chief Executive
- Home Care Manager
- Service Development Manager
- Head of Finance
- Head of Income Generation and Marketing
Helen Mills, Chief Executive
Barry Lyden, Head of Home Care and Day Services
Deborah Lowden, Head of Wellbeing and Information & Advice
Marie Sembukuttige, Head of Finance
Rachel Todd, Head of Income Generation and Marketing
Based at The Round House, the team have a broad strategic portfolio and are responsible for delivering the vision of the Board of Trustees.
Would you like to join the Age UK Northumberland Board of Trustees?
We are always keen to add to our Board of Trustees and would particularly welcome more trustees with skills sets in accountancy, legal, social care and medical backgrounds. If you would like to support us, and be part of something great for older people in our community then please get in touch!