Our Organisation

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.

Vice Presidents

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
Peter Gavin
Lucy Winskell OBE

Our Trustees

Dr Martin Ward-Platt – Chairman

Dianne Winship


Stephen Prior


Phil Marshall OBE


David Wood


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

Deirdre Pearson lives in Newcastle upon Tyne and work as a Chief Executive of a local charity, Talbot House Trust who run a special school for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties and a registered children’s home. Deirdre’s background is as an Accountant in both the private and charity sectors.  Deirdre is  also a trustee of two other local charities.

Sue Vernon


Mark Allison aka RGR

We help the children that other charities don’t always reach - disadvantaged, disabled and distressed. Donating £5 can help some of the most vulnerable children in our region…

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