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Simon Elliott - Chair

Simon has been Chair of Newcastle CVS since 2015 and is also the Chair of Northern Stage.  He has previously served as Chair of North Tyneside Regeneration Partnership and of Tyneside Cinema.  In his professional life, Simon was HR leader of Procter & Gamble Innovation Centres, retiring in 2018 after more than 30 years.    Simon has lived in the North East since 1981, is married to Julie and they have two grown up children.  He is passionate about the impact the arts can make in transforming lives and the responsibility everyone has to make society better, particularly for those in most need.

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Martin Horrocks - Treasurer

Martin Horrocks has more than 30 years practical senior management experience, working largely in the field of finance, but with significant roles in the fields of HR and organisational management. The first half of his career was mostly in the commercial manufacturing world :-very large marine engines, cables and carpets. He cheerfully admits to running away to join a travelling ice skating show, and is still slightly embarrassed about the brief spell in recruitment consultancy. Having seen sense, he embraced the charitable sector, working in the fields of  infrastructure, culture and education.

The organisations he’s worked for have varied in size from £500k to £30m turnover, employing between 8 and 600 people. He’s currently enjoying being Finance Manager at Durham Students’ Union.

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Steve Nash - Trustee

Steve is Chairperson and Coordinator of VOLSAG, the mental health voluntary sector network for Newcastle and Gateshead, and represents the sector at the CCG led Mental Health Advisory Group and other strategic fora. He is a qualified occupational therapist and dramatherapist with over thirty years experience in health and social care and other parts of the public sector, especially mental health services. Since 1998  he has led a variety of service development projects across a range of different organisational settings, and between 2006 and 2016 he did this as an independent consultant.  In addition to being a Trustee at Newcastle CVS He is a Director of Blue Stone Consortium, and Co Chair of ReCoCo, the Recovery College Collective. He is also a musician, and works internationally as a Playback Theatre practitioner, offering creative, drama based ways of working with communities, groups and teams. 

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Kate Israel - Trustee

Kate Israel is currently chair of Healthwatch Newcastle.  She is also a trustee of Tell Us North. She has worked for many years in Local Government and have many years experience in Community Development work. Her most recent experience before leaving Local Government included; developing and supporting partnerships such as Community safety and Health and Social Care Partnerships, Community Resilience and Emergency Planning, Adult Safeguarding and Domestic Violence services and Commissioning Adult Social Care services. 

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Nitin Shukla - Trustee

Nitin is Policy, Performance and Scrutiny Officer at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria. He has worked in the public sector for over 30 years and has experience of equality and diversity. Nitin is Chair of Haven Tyneside which provides supported accommodation for vulnerable people; Vice Chair of Governors at Bridgewater Primary School; Development Board Member of Marie Curie Hospice and member of the ITV Tyne Tees Diversity Panel. Nitin is also a member of Newcastle University Court and Secretary of the North East Gujarati Association. He is a passionate Rotarian, Past President of Newcastle West Rotary Club.

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Dawn Redhead - Trustee

Dawn is the CEO of the Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company, a company run by and for people with learning disabilities which offers opportunities and training in the arts to participants who use their skills to lobby for social justice.  She has worked at the organisation for over 19 years.  Dawn is qualified in law and legal practice and ran two employment agencies prior to her current post.  She’s an experienced fundraiser and has a particular interest in SME charities and the bureaucracy they face in their day-to-day operations. 

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Rosie Lewis - Trustee

Rosie Lewis is the Deputy Director of the Angelou Centre and manages the organisation’s Violence Against Black Women and Girls (VABWG) services, which includes refuge provision for women without recourse to public funds. Rosie has an extensive background in advocacy work with women seeking asylum and vulnerable children and young people having worked in both strategic and frontline roles in the VABWG sector. Rosie’s campaign, policy and advocacy focus has been on work with migrant women and children without recourse to public funds, women and children in detention, state violence, structural discrimination (including child protection cases) and human rights breaches in relation to survivors at both micro/macro levels.

Rosie is a qualified and trained IDVA and ISVA who is educated to post-graduate level (Masters in Research) and is currently working towards her PhD at Durham University. She has over 17 years of advocacy experience assessing and supporting women and children who are subject to domestic and sexual violence and at risk of harm. Rosie has been involved in social justice, DIY organizing (arts and music) and feminist activism for over 25 years. She is an experienced fundraiser and has been commissioned to write regional and national consultation documents.

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Elaine Slater - Trustee

Elaine has worked in the charitable sector since 2004 and has a vast experience of supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged people.  She is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Tyneside Women's Health supporting women to improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing.  Elaine is a trained and qualified counsellor and is an experienced charity leader.

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Paula Park - Trustee

Paula is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years’ experience in a diverse range of businesses. After qualifying with Deloitte, Paula worked in a variety of international businesses before moving into the charity sector five years ago. Paula is currently Director of Finance for Newcastle University Students’ Union and their subsidiary trading company, which provide a range of services and opportunities to the students of Newcastle University. Paula has a degree in French and German and enjoys travelling and using her language skills.