The staff working for Gateshead Carers bring their own unique and dynamic energy to the team. We are always on the look out for funding to support further posts within the organisation in order to strengthen our service, broaden our reach and help more carers across Gateshead.
Steve Cowen – Chief Executive Officer
Steve joined as Chief Executive Officer in 2010. Throughout this time he has successfully raised substantial funding to support new carer services in Gateshead. He continues to fight for carers rights and campaigns to get better services for carers in Gateshead.
Brian Pereira – Team Leader: Core Services
Brian originally came to Gateshead Carers to access support but soon became an invaluable member of the team by regularly volunteering his time with the charity. Brian now manages all financial business for the organisation and also assists with IT issues, amongst other things!
Nikki McCann – Team Leader: Stakeholder Engagement
Nikki has extensive experience in both marketing and communications and has worked in both the charity and corporate sectors most recently in support of asylum seekers and refugees in the North East. She is an accredited member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and loves meeting new people!
Janice Hall – Team Leader: Carer Wellbeing
Janice has a background in law and many years experience of caring for someone. Her passion for the benefits and appeals process has helped many carers to access financial support they would otherwise have missed out on.
Mandy Ramsey – Team Leader: Carer Wellbeing
Mandy is a qualified occupational therapist and part time working carer, proving that she has the right skills and experience for the job.
Andrea Goodfellow – Team Leader: Carer Wellbeing
Andrea joined the team in 2015 and brought with her a wealth of valuable knowledge gained from her experience working with vulnerable adults and local service providers. Andrea is dedicated to helping people have better opportunities in life.
Paul Forster – Carer Wellbeing Facilitator
Paul has both worked and volunteered in the health and social care sector all of his working life. He helped care for his father as a child and his mother as an adult, and currently helps to support his disabled brother and his wife. He loves meeting carers and is constantly amazed at peoples’ resilience and determination.
Joanne Wilson – Carer Wellbeing Facilitator
Jo joined the team in 2010 as our support worker for carers of people affected by alcohol or substance misuse. In that time she has helped hundreds of family members overcome difficulties brought on by a loved ones substance or alcohol misuse problem.
Emma Cockburn – Carer Wellbeing Facilitator
Emma joined the team in 2017 to facilitate our wellbeing programme, she is now a Carer Wellbeing Facilitator. Emma has worked as a group facilitator for over five years. She is passionate about the power and possibilities for learning and change within group and individual work. Emma is currently studying a Diploma in Counselling.
Carole Keith – Carer Wellbeing Facilitator (Benefits)
Carole joined the team in October 2017.
Carol Redpath – Carer Wellbeing Facilitator
Carol joined the team in October 2017 from a background in supporting families with SEND and other difficulties. She enjoys her new role as she gets to meet new people who she supports towards their own wellbeing.
Angela Dalby – Carer Wellbeing Facilitator
Angela joined the team in May 2019 and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience particularly with regards to mental health.
Martin Mulvaney – Carer Wellbeing Facilitator
Martin joined the team in May 2019 from Crossroads Tyne & Wear Trust.
Caroline Harding – Carer Wellbeing Facilitator
Caroline joined the team in May 2019 having previously worked as a Dementia Support Worker with the Alzheimer’s Society.
Becci Varnham – Development Worker (Connecting Communities)
Becci works on a part time basis and brings with her a passion for cultural diversity. She is dedicated to reaching hidden carers from minority and ethnic backgrounds.
Claire Parker – Volunteer Coordinator
Claire joined the team in June 2019 with extensive experience of working with and managing volunteers. She heads up our volunteering and befriending programme.
Karen Dale – Carer Wellbeing Fund Administrator
Karen brings a wealth of experience to our team, expertly administering The Carer Wellbeing Fund.
Keiran Brown – Digital Marketing Apprentice
Keiran is one of the newest members to our team. He is currently on an apprenticeship scheme with us and works within the Stakeholder Engagement team to keep Gateshead Carer’s online presence up to scratch whilst also creating content to help reach more of the 22000 carers living in Gateshead.
Jessica Fulcher – Administrator
Jessica joined us through the apprenticeship scheme and has flourished so much that she is now our Administrator, dealing with all office administration tasks from handling calls, data input, to dealing with a range of requests from staff and carers.
Demi McAdam – Receptionist
Demi is our newest member of staff and brings an abundance of enthusiasm to our welcome desk as well as being a valued member of our administration team.