The board of trustees act as the governing body for Gateshead Carers Association and is currently chaired by David Clelland, Valerie Smith has been vice chair since 2011. New board members are nominated and recruited for their specific skills and expertise, take a look at our members to see what they each bring to the charity. If you think your knowledge and skills would benefit Gateshead Carers, please get in touch here.
Current Board Members
David Clelland – Chair
Elected to Gateshead council in 1972 and was – inter alia – chair of Recreation committee, council Leader and vice chair of Gateshead Health authority before being elected MP for the Newcastle/Gateshead constituency of Tyne Bridge which he served from 1985-2010.
Valerie Smith – Vice Chair
Valerie came to Gateshead Carers when she needed support caring for her husband. Since 2009 she has returned that support by becoming a trustee for the charity, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience gathered from over 30 years working in Social Services at Gateshead Council.
After retiring as a nurse through ill health, June became a full time carer for her husband of 40 years. She joined Gateshead Carers in 2007 as a volunteer and such an integral part of running the organisation that she went on to become a trustee in 2009. June has two grown up children and is an active member of our Support and Activity Groups.
Jane is executive Head Teacher of two special educational needs secondary schools. Her experience of working with SEN children has helped her better understand the needs of their parents and carers. She has always wanted to support carers and will signpost our services to ensure they get the support they deserve.
With over eight years of public relations experience, and currently working for Golley Slater PR based in Newcastle city centre, Vicky Sanderson has a passion for working with not-for-profit organisations. Having worked on high profile campaigns for the likes of MS Society and St Ann’s Hospice, Vicky is most happy when good and deserving causes get great share of voice within the media.
Susan joined national law firm Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors as an Associate in the Gateshead branch in 2012. She has been qualified as a solicitor since 1999 and has extensive experience in the field of Employment Law. Susan understands how important it is to support carers and can offer expertise with employment issues and legal rights.
Andrea has worked for Sainsbury’s for 23 years, the past 7 of these she has been employed as HR Manager and Diversity and Well-being champion for our region. Last year, Andrea had the opportunity to play a part in Carers Week which gave her a platform to raise awareness of carers and signpost colleagues and customers to relevant support services.
Andy Barraclough – Co-opted to the Board
Andy is the Regional Development Manager (North East) for Carers Trust and works alongside the regions network Carers Centres on all aspects of business and governance. Andy has extensive experience of business development in both private and voluntary environments and has been a carer for the past 18 years.
Anne has been a qualified solicitor for over 20 years and currently works for national law firm Simpson Millar Solicitors. She has acted as honorary legal advisor for Durham CAB and offers a pro bono legal advice clinic at Gateshead CAB. Anne also cares for her elderly mother and is passionate about helping other unpaid carers in Gateshead with her expert knowledge and experience.
Michael is an experienced management accountant with knowledge of charity finance and accountancy polices. Michael has previously worked for Newcastle Building Society, Greggs PLC and Daisy Communications, and volunteered his accountancy skills to offer support to the Greggs Foundation.
Margaret originates from Gateshead, and worked in Gateshead Council as a social worker and senior manager in Adult Social Care for 27 years until she took early retirement in June 2016. Throughout her time in the Council, she always championed the cause of carers; she led the multi-agency Carers Partnership and worked closely with Gateshead Carers Association for the last 15 years. Margaret continues to be registered as a Social Worker, and she remains passionate about carers’ services, and was a carer herself until February 2016.