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Our Board of Trustees

As a registered charity, North Tyneside Carers' Centre is led by a Board of Trustees who are responsible for making sure that we do what we were set up to do. They make decisions to improve the quality of life of carers and make a difference in North Tyneside. They provide the strategic direction for the Centre and ensure that we comply with Charity Law requirements, and other laws and regulations which apply.

Our Board of Trustees are nominated and appointed by our members. 


Chair: Alison Waggott-Fairley

Vice Chair: Pam Groom 

Treasurer: Steve Nicklin

Trustee: George Irving

Trustee: Zoe Mulvenna

We would like to welcome our new Chair of the Board of Trustees Alison Waggott-Fairley. Alison wrote the following pen portrait for our Annual General Meeting.


Hello and a Happy New Year to you all.

I have been asked to write a short resumé of my work and life experiences to give carers, fellow board members, staff and volunteers a ‘feel’ for who I am. So here goes…

Born and bred a Geordie, I moved to North Tyneside from Heaton, Newcastle about 15 years ago.  I am married to a long suffering husband called Paul, who is very laid back and who provides great support when the going gets tough.

During my career I have worked for a variety of local and multi- national companies that are household names, (Scottish and Newcastle Breweries, Kimberley-Clark, Ringtons Tea).  From 1988 onwards I worked in the central I.C.T department for a neighbouring local authority. I have always been heavily involved in trade unions and local politics and was the departmental T.U. representative for many years.  This ultimately led me to taking up the post of Union Branch Secretary for over 5 years and subsequently working with the authority and the T.U.C on a joint training project. 

In 2010, with European funding becoming scarce and with the deterioration in the health of an elderly relative, I decided to take a step back and give up paid employment to become a carer. However, after a few months I began to get restless and just to keep my brain ticking over I completed a post graduate course at Northumbria University.  My involvement with local politics also continued and I stood and was subsequently elected in 2011 as ward councillor for Killingworth.  I was re-elected in May 2015 and was requested to join the cabinet by the elected mayor and assigned the cabinet portfolio for Adult Social Care, a post I find extremely rewarding and challenging in equal measure. 

I am honoured to be asked to join North Tyneside Carers’ Centre as a trustee.  I sincerely hope that I can bring something that will add value and benefit to this fantastic charity which is doing such worthwhile work to support carers.

Alison Waggott-Fairley

Join our Board

We are looking for new members to join our Board of Trustees. In this role you would be involved in deciding the strategic direction of the organisation, offering guidance to the management team and working with your fellow trustees to make decisions. 

This is an exciting time of growth and development for North Tyneside Carers' Centre and a background in health and social care is a benefit. We operate a mentoring scheme for trustees and training and support will be given.

If you would like to apply for this opportunity, please contact the Centre Manager on (0191) 643 2298.


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