Pip has been a Trustee since 2019.

Tell us a a bit about yourself

I was born in Zambia and my parents returned to the North East, settling in Blyth, when my sister and I needed to go to school.  I went to University in Leeds followed by some full-time voluntary work with homeless young people in Edinburgh.  After a stint in the Highlands of Scotland working for a conservation charity, I returned to live in the North East.  Unusually I am a housing professional working for the NHS; working on the Learning Disability and Autism Programme.  I love what I do and the transformative power of helping to deliver the right accommodation for people never stops amazing me.

How do you feel about the North East?

I have a real appreciation for the wonderful natural environment that the North East has to offer and I admire the grit and determination of its people.  

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

In a former role, I commissioned services from Children North East and really admired their values, integrity, professionalism and an ability to meaningfully engage with some of the most vulnerable members of our society. 

What do you do to relax and for fun?

I am passionate about the power of Parkrun.  As someone who never thought she could run, I was so bad at sports at school and hated those PE lessons; Parkrun introduced me to a new way to get fit, look after my mental health, be outside more often, strengthen existing friendships and make new ones.  It's a wonderfully supportive community of runners of all abilities and dedicated volunteers.  I now look out for Parkrun opportunities wherever I go on holiday!