Hazel is the longest serving member of our Board of Trustees, joining us in 2010.

Tell us a bit about yourself

l have worked in education all my adult life, first in Yorkshire and Scotland, but then for the 25 years before my retirement, teaching English at Royal Grammar School in Newcastle.  I also set up the school’s voluntary service programme and as Senior Mistress, was heavily involved in its introduction of girls in 2001.

I also chair the Almshouses Trust of the Hospital of St. Mary the Virgin, sit as a Trustee on its Estates Management Trust and am an active member of my local church.

How do you feel about the north east?

Originally from Manchester, I have lived in Newcastle for over 40 years and regard the north east as home.

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

During the course of my voluntary service involvement, I became aware of Children North East and am attracted by its local focus as well as its work. I am especially interested in our work in schools, some of which I got to know through volunteer placements when I was teaching.

What’s your favourite place in the north east?

Difficult to choose. As a townie, I’m always drawn to the city of Newcastle itself, but then almost anywhere on the north Northumberland coast is difficult to resist.