About us Our Team Our Trustees Mark Stoddart Tell us a bit about yourself I’m originally from West London, but attended Newcastle University. After moving back to London I met my wife, who is from Newcastle, and we made the decision to move back here in 1987. I spent over 29 years working for Xerox and am currently writing a PhD on the North Eastern Engineering Industries 1880-1914. How do you feel about the North East? The North East is a great place (apart from the weather) but needs to find more of the self-confidence it had during the latter half of the 19th century. Why have you chosen to be a Trustee of Children North East? I became a Trustee after working with the team as part of a project for them through the Cranfield Trust. I've had a successful life in the north east so its time I gave something back! What are your claims to fame? I have two claims to fame - I went to school with one of the Sex Pistols, and I (and my sister) featured in a poster in the 1964 General Election (below).