It has been over 25 years since The Children’s Foundation was established with the aim of tackling, what was then, the worst child health levels in the country, since that time the foundation has worked tirelessly to raise over £20 million. Although wording may have changed since 1990, our mission and commitment remains ‘making the health of our children here in the North East and North Cumbria the best in the country’. The foundation was founded by Sir Al Aynsley-Green and continues to be governed by a Board of trustees.
His Royal Highness, The Duke of York, KCVO, ADC.
Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green Kt
Professor Kim Bartlett
Dr John Bridge
Anne Galbraith OBE
Maurice JR Harvey
George Ross MBE
Professor Sir Alan Craft
Lucy Winskell OBE
Dr Martin Ward-Platt – Chairman
Phil Marshall OBE
Barry Speker OBE DL LLB
Barry has been a Solicitor in Newcastle for over 40 years. He is a Consultant at Sintons Law and Trust Solicitor for The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is a specialist in Medical Law and Ethics, has practised in family law for many years and was a founder member of the Law Society’s Children Panel. Barry continues to be a Law Society Interviewee and Assessor for the Panel. In addition he is the Legal Adviser for two voluntary Adoption and Family Panels. Barry sits as an Employment Judge in the Northern Region and is a Past President of Newcastle Law Society. He is active with a number of charities and is President of North East Council on Addictions, a Trustee of North of England Civic Trust, Age UK and Tyne Theatre and is Patron of Charlie Bear for Cancer Care. He is also Honorary Chair of North East Chinese Association. He is a regular writer of articles and contributes to textbooks and magazines.
Deirdre Pearson joined the board of The Children’s Foundation in 2015. She has worked in the charitable sector since 2004 mainly as a Finance Director. Deirdre’s current role is Chief Executive of Talbot House Trust, a SEMH special school and children’s residential home in Walbottle, Newcastle upon Tyne. Deirdre lives in Newcastle with her labradoodle, Kitty and her cat Flo. She likes walking and reading in any spare time she gets and is a trustee of two other local charities.
Dr Sue Vernon
Dr Sue Vernon is a retired Paediatric Nurse Consultant who worked in the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle. Since Sue’s retirement she has worked for the CQC and has a Hon Contract in The Medical School. Sue has 6 grandchildren and an ensuring passion for the health of all children.
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