Michele is our Operations Director and joined the charity in 2019.

Tell us a bit about yourself

Born and bred in Glasgow, I moved to the North East in 1994 to study Social Work at Northumbria University. After graduating, I spent the next eight years working in community development primarily with children, young people and families, moving onto people and project management across the North East, including working for the Children’s Society, Play England, Living Streets and the Children’s Food Trust.

Before joining Children North East I was Head of Community Engagement at Rathbone Training, working across England.

I love the North East and I am passionate about the work I have done in the last 25+ years in ensuring that babies, infants, children, young people and families have the best possible opportunities to thrive.

What is your role at Children North East?

As the Operations Director it is my job to work alongside our services, to make sure we are delivering the best possible direct work and interventions to benefit our service users. I also work closely with head office staff to convey the impact of our work to external audiences, including partners, donors, funders and the wider public.

We hear you’re a bit of a foodie – tell us more…

Eating and making food is my hobby, so much so, that I have completed qualifications in professional cookery.  One of my favourite things to do when I am on holiday is to go on food tours where I pick up recipe ideas and incorporate these into menus for a monthly supper club hosted in Gateshead.

If you could invite anyone to dinner who would it be?

Family and friends always...