Jill Mindham-Walker - Chair

Jill became a trustee in 2015, serving as Chair since 2018. She has been a Head of Modern Languages in both state and independent schools. Prior to this she spent four years in a London marketing communications company promoting Spain to the public and the UK travel trade. She was Head of Communications of an international auction house after which she joined the Corporate Finance Department of a London Advertising plc, as associate board director.  As part of the new European network, Jill established a successful advertising agency in Madrid of which she was a main board director.  She now works as a freelance teacher and script writer for educational audio resources.

Lindsay Warren - Secretary

Lindsay has been a trustee with NDAS for the last 6 years serving a term as Chair and now working as the secretary.  She has 13 years of housing management experience, specialising in services for older and vulnerable people.  She worked with Karbon Homes based in Northumberland for many years and has recently taken a post with Livin Homes in Durham as a Supported Housing Manager.  Lindsay has a wealth of experience in finding housing solutions for people with complex needs who are reaching crisis point.  Within NDAS she has taken a lead in operational policies and procedures and people management.

Rachel Swinburne - Lawyer

Rachel joined the Board of NDAS in 2018.  She is a partner at Clarke Mairs, – Head of Private Client and a Panel Deputy for The Court of Protection. Previously she worked for 17 years as a Law Society Children Panel Solicitor representing children in care proceedings. Rachel is also a Trustee of Oswin Projects who are involved in the rehabilitation of Offenders, working at/with HMP Northumberland.

Patricia McKenna - Property

Patricia has been on the board of NDAS since its inception. She has served on the board of Tynedale Women’s Training Group which helped women access training in rural areas.  She was invited to join the board of 608030 (NDAS name prior to 2015), as part of a constituted board in order to maintain the funding from the Henry Smith Trust. She has worked with Parentline Plus as a facilitator and as a Playgroup leader .  She has also been involved in Private Student Rentals for 20 years prior to which she worked for General Accident in commercial insurance underwriting.

Alison Richardson - Marketing

Alison joined the Board in Sept 2017 with oversight for marketing and communications.  She has over 25 years’ experience of working

in communications and PR. Latterly, she worked for one of the North East’s largest housing groups where she managed a small team

 to deliver a whole range of communications including  internal communications, branding,  public affairs and digital communications.

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Pat Oliver - Safeguarding

Pat joined the NDAS Board in 2019 as a trustee with safeguarding oversight.  She originally trained as a registered nurse but moved on to become a Community Nurse Manager, covering teams in North Tyneside and Northumberland, until she retired in 2018. During her career Pat has held supervisory roles in safeguarding, with day-to-day responsibility for numerous teams and individuals.  This frequently included work around child protection and associated concerns re domestic abuse. She is an accredited Health and Safety Assessor with wide experience developing and delivering domestic abuse awareness courses and latterly personal safety training for the NHS Trust.  She has worked with Independent Domestic Violence Advisers (IDVAs) and with refuges and is also an accredited Suzy Lamplugh Personal Safety Trainer. 

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Lucy Brooks 

Lucy has worked for thirteen years for the NHS as a Speech and Language Therapist.  She currently works for Newcastle City Hospital NHS Trust, specialising in working with children with Autism.  She supports an ever increasing caseload of children in thirty primary schools, working closely with families and school staff. Her role involves regular safeguarding support and supervision, and attending Early Help Meetings.  She has also worked as a volunteer for other local charities, including the Hexham Speech after Stroke Club and the Percy Hedley Foundation.