Eileen has been a Trustee since 2018.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a behavioural scientist who works at Newcastle University as a Professor of Public Health and Primary Care Research.  My research work focused on preventing health and social problems linked to alcohol and other substance use across all ages, but with a large focus on children, young people and families.  I live in mid Northumberland and have four children plus a very tolerant partner.  When I’m not working, I enjoy warm weather gardening and restoring old buildings.

How do you feel about the north east?

I’m originally a Mancunian and I moved to the North East in 1990.  I love the people, humour, light and space in this region, and I’m on a mission to tell as many people as I can about why they should visit.  My ‘reality checkpoint’ is a spot in rural Northumberland, the long bend after Longframlington as you head towards the Cheviots.  Each time I reach it, everything feels wider, calmer and simply inspiring.

Why have you chosen to be a Trustee of Children North East?

I am a practically focused scientist and much of my work is about putting evidence into practice or generating evidence from practice in health and social care.  Becoming a Trustee seemed to be a good way of helping to join up the work of academics and practitioners who all care about supporting vulnerable individuals and communities.

What book/song/film/play/bands would you recommend?

This has to be ‘Come on Eileen’ by Dexy’s Midnight runners, it’s my ring tone – which can be a bit embarrassing when I get an unexpected call in the open plan office where I work.