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Due to COVID-19 we are unable to hold our AGM which was due to happen today (21 April). Rather than postpone indefinitely, our trustees have agreed to cancel the AGM for this year and to share information with our members and stakeholders digitally. 

This includes a video report from our Chair Simon Elliott, a special animation highlighting our work over the past 18 months, and our Annual Review:

Chair's Report by Simon Elliott 


Annual Review

Our Annual Review hightlights key figures from our Annual Report. These are currently available as a digital copy only:

Annual Review 2018 2019


Highlights from our Annual Review 


Normally at our AGM, we would ask our members to approve the minutes of the previous meeting and the appointment of new trustees. We are delighted to confirm that the board have agreed the appointment of four new trustees. They are:

  • Dawn Redhead, Chief Executive of Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Co in Gateshead;
  • Elaine Slater, CEO of Tyneside Women’s Health (based in Gateshead);
  • Paula Park, Director of Finance at Newcastle University Students Union;
  • Rosie Lewis, Deputy Director of the Angelou Centre

As a membership organisation we are thrilled to increase representation of grassroots VCSE organisations on our board, and are very much looking forward to working with our new trustees. The appointment of the new trustees improves the gender balance on our board, and we are delighted to have representation from two Gateshead-based organisations for the first time.

We have said goodbye to four trustees since our last AGM –  Anne Bonner, Chief Executive of Riverside Community Health Project, John Litherland, formerly a trustee of both Recyke y Bike and SkillsBridge, Joanne McKenna, Director of Finance at The Albert Kennedy Trust and Jamie Sadler, Managing Director of Food Nation. Anne has served 3 full terms of 3 years each and has been an excellent Vice Chair of the Board, bringing sound advice and judgement to every discussion, as well as ensuring the voice of grassroots members has always been heard.  John became a trustee more recently to help us transition SkillsBridge into the organisation and has been a great help on strategy and planning. Joanne McKenna has been on the board 2 years and during that time she has contributed to the finance sub group as well as being a Director of Charity Business Services.  Joanne will be continuing as a Director on the Charity Business Services board. Jamie Sadler has served on the board for 5 years.  During his time with us he has led on the business development sub group and contributed his knowledge and experience of business enterprises.

In his video report, Simon also acknowledges the late Ruth Abrahams, a Trustee of many years standing as well as a former Vice Chair, who sadly passed away in March.

Our AGM is also the time when we usually present our year end accounts to our members in detail. We have changed our financial year end so our Annual Report this year covers an 18 month period. 

These are exceptional times, and very challenging for the many Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations we support across Newcastle and Gateshead. We hope you are all staying safe and well, and we look forward to meeting with many of you again face to face when it is the right time to do so. In the meantime we are still here to provide advice and support, so please do continue to contact us by phone or email.