Becoming a Blyth Star Trustee
The Blyth Star Enterprises Trustees are all volunteers who give a great deal of time and expertise to the organisation. They bring a broad range of business experience and are responsible for governance of the charity and its strategic direction. Some Trustees may have life or family experience of mental health and/or learning disabilities, and all will share a passion for improving the opportunities available to individuals in Blyth and South East Northumberland. Trustees will:
- Have a commitment to our local community and our disabled client group
- Be able to commit the necessary time
- Have skills, knowledge and experience to offer
- Be interested in reading and commenting on relevant paperwork
For more information or to express an interest in becoming a Trustee, please contact:
Mr Tim Chrisp - firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Chairman / Trustee
About our Trustees & Senior Management team
Our Trustee meetings take place every two months, typically at 4:30 on a Wednesday. All Trustees undergo an induction process and necessary training when you join us. Trustees serve for a one year term, but can apply for re-election. You can find out more about the role of a Trustee on the Government website. Our current Trustees are:
Executive Chairman / Trustee
In over 30 years of working for the NHS, Tim has held a number of senior positions originally in finance, facilities and IM&T and more latterly in commissioning, performance and assurance, almost exclusively with providers of mental health and learning disability services. He is a Director/Trustee of a social care provider and charity, Dementia Care. Tim is also a school governor with a specific interest in special educational needs, a volunteer youth leader with the Scout Association and was also until recently a member of the Local Research Ethics Committee. Tim has been involved with Blyth Star Enterprises since 1989.
Stephen is a Partner in a Firm of Solicitors based in Blyth, having been educated in Blyth, and was one of the Founders of Blyth Star Enterprises almost 30 years ago. He seeks to bring to the company the benefit of his local knowledge and business experience.
Bill has had a long and successful career in probation, wider criminal justice and social policy, and has delivered numerous local, national and international projects on behalf of the Ministry of Justice. He has already brought his exceptional eye for detail and ability to give sound advice on governance and audit to Blyth Star. Bill says in all of his roles he strives to make a real difference to the lives of those who rely on our services. All of his efforts are underpinned by a commitment to valuing diversity and creating an inclusive environment where all can thrive. He also still calls a spade a shovel!
Terri has 38 years experience working in Local Authority Adult Services, including Day and Residential Care, Service Manager and Team manager for a team of social workers providing services to people living in their own home in the community. During her work experience she has worked with numerous service user groups including people with learning difficulties, people with mental health issues and older people. Her working experience and knowledge base were gained in both the direct provision and commissioning of services.
Senior Management team
Gordon has over 40 years experience working in mental health and learning disabilities, and is one of the founding directors of Blyth Star Enterprises. He has worked as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist, managed psychological therapy services and held a number of senior management positions. He has worked closely with mental health services in Greece for over 25 years and for 3 years was the President of the Asklepios Foundation, a European mental health organisation.
Sharon is a prominent and successful local business woman and licensed publican of the award winning Keel Row country pub and restaurant in Seaton Deleval. Sharon is a recipient of a Northumberland Local Heroes accolade for services to the community and for fund raising for a number of local and national charities. These include Blyth Star Enterprises of which Sharon has been a major supporter both financially and in raising awareness of mental health issues.
Ms Julie Dixon (Senior Manager Living Support Services) is a graduate with over 10 years of employment with Blyth Star Enterprises. She has extensive experience developing packages of support for individuals with complex needs. She works in partnership with health and social care colleagues to ensure that individuals receive truly person centred support aimed at enhancing their recovery and maximising their independence in a safe and supportive environment. She co-ordinates the people who provide the support, and regularly acts as a mentor for social work students.
With over 40 years of property experience, Jill currently works with Changing Lives, a national homeless charity based in the North East of England. Responsible for building a property portfolio over the last 4 years, Jill was instrumental in setting up the charity's Homelife Project with government match funding, providing long term homes at affordable rents for homeless and vulnerable individuals and families. Jill has been involved in the third sector for over 40 years and started her working life in the North East with Oxfam.