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Graeme Miller (Chair)

Graeme plays a very active role in local politics and is particularly passionate about mental health as the basis for good overall health and wellbeing and is a Health and Mental Health Champion for the City of Sunderland.

He is Chair of Age UK Sunderland and a governor at the Oak Learning Trust. He also represents Sunderland council a number of bodies and organisations including the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and the North East Combined Authority Leadership Board where he is the lead for Economic Development & Digital.

As Leader of Sunderland City Council, Graeme’s focus is continuing to work in partnership on the city’s economic regeneration, building on progress in relation to housing and infrastructure development alongside the creation of skills and employment opportunities.

Roy M McLachlan (Vice Chair)

Roy retired from senior management in the NHS in 2018. During a career lasting nearly 40 years he held a range of senior posts including being Chief Executive of four NHS statutory bodies. One of these was Sunderland Health Authority and another was Priority Health Wearside NHS Trust which at the time provided mental health, community and disability services for Sunderland. Roy has extensive knowledge of the health and social care sector and has considerable experience of manging and commissioning care services across hospital, community and primary care sectors.

He has been a trustee in the third sector since 1999, starting with Community Foundation for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, then becoming chair of St Oswald’s Hospice for six years then joined Age UK Sunderland as a trustee.

Susan Richie (Treasurer)

Susan holds the role of Treasurer at Age UK Sunderland. She is a fully qualified chartered accountant and her first job was as a trainee in practice at Jennings Johnson in Sunderland city centre many years ago. After working in a number of finance and audit roles in NHS and local government in the North East she returned to Sunderland and has worked as an Accountant in the central Finance function of the University of Sunderland since 2002. Susan brings a wide range of financial and managerial skills to her role as trustee and is also a member of the Equality & Diversity Group at the university. 

Councillor Kelly Chequer

Kelly is Sunderland City Council’s representative on the Age UK Sunderland Board. She is a qualified nurse, specialising in mental health and care of the elderly, and after working for many years at Monkwearmouth Hospital in Sunderland, now works in Gateshead at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and in the community as a Nurse Consultant four days per week. 

Kelly has been involved in the local Labour Party since she moved to Sunderland in 2001, and in 2016 she was very lucky to be elected to the council to represent the area of Southwick. In May 2018 Kelly was appointed to the cabinet within the council, and offered the role of Deputy Portfolio Holder for health and social care.

Kelly is also a governor at Southwick Primary school and she is also on the board of governors at South Tyneside Foundation Trust.

Matthew Jackson

Matthew brings with him wealth of experience built up from more than a decade of professional work in the not for profit sector. In his professional life Matthew is experienced in project management, customer service, community engagement and strategic development and joined the board so that he could use his skills and experience to benefit the older people and wider population of Sunderland.

Away from work Matthew is involved in a variety of grass roots campaigns and community based projects and lives locally.

David Teasdale

David, a financial adviser for over 30 years since he left teaching, is a specialist in later life financial advice – he is accredited by the Society of Later Life Advisers.  In addition to his business and family commitments David is heavily involved with Carers in Sunderland – he chairs a Carers Management Board that is supported by the Sunderland Carers’ Centre – originally from East Durham, David regards Sunderland as his home town and cares passionately about injustices in society and wants the best for all generations.

Selina Turner

Selina is an experienced Commercial Manager and Senior Manager within the Commercial Environment, with a clear history of successful achievements, working within Royal Mail, Ness & Antocks Lairn together with Northumbrian Water. Selina has worked for the last 10 years within the voluntary sector and has 26 year magistrate experience within the Sunderland Division. Selina attended Leicester University gaining a 1st class degree with honours for Business Management/Marketing.

Ann Lawson-McLean

Ann is the Washington representative on the Age UK Sunderland Board. Ann started work as a Shorthand Typist/Bookkeeper moving onto the Civil Service after a few years. Ann qualified as a Youth Leader and volunteered at a girl’s remand home helping to prepare residents for life outside the home.

Since retiring, Ann has volunteered for the following Organisations; Bridge Education and Training for Women, Governor for City of Sunderland College, Benenden Health (North East), Barmston Village Association, Woodlands Home Carers Group, Patient Participation Group, and several other groups. Ann has just attained 25 years volunteering with Age UK Sunderland in the Washington area.

Carol Harries

Carol has worked for over 40 years in the NHS having initially joined as a General Management Trainee. Carol has held a number of management roles in both acute, community and mental health organisations. She retired in September 2018 from her position as Deputy Chief Executive at City Hospital Sunderland NHS Trust having worked in the Trust for over 20 years.

She has a strong background at Director Level in both operational management and corporate governance. She was an NHS representative on the Age UK Sunderland Board from 2008 and became a trustee for the organisation in 2018.

Carol also chairs the SEND Strategic Partnership which aims to ensure that the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities are fully identified and met.

Dianne Hutchinson

Dianne has been a Trustee since 2016.  She has over 20 years’ experience in various aspects of financial management and is a qualified accountant and a fellow of the ACCA. She is currently working as a Finance Officer.

Dianne takes pride in supporting Age UK Sunderland and the work it does in the local community. 

NHS Representative on Age UK Sunderland Board

Awaiting appointment