Role: Trustee
Appointed: 30/04/19

Deputy Head Teacher

I have been a teacher for 25 years, after completing my degree at Bradford University and PGCE at Keele University. After teaching in Warrington for 3 years, I decided I wanted some adventure so moved to New Zealand and taught there for 8 years. Since returning from N.Z. in 2006, I have taught in 3 secondary schools in County Durham. I consider myself a proud County Durham girl and love everything about our great region!

An interview with... Helen

How long have you been a trustee for DASH and what caused you to become involved?

I became a trustee for DASH in June 2019 after receiving a request for volunteers to step into the role. I wanted to commit to voluntary work in the community I serve and believed that at DASH I could make a positive contribution.

What does the DASH Management Committee do?

Holds the organisation to account, making informed decisions regarding finance, staffing and strategy.

What is your role and what does it involve?

My role is as a Trustee which involves making financial and legal decisions that ensures the organisation is functioning within set parameters and is as effective as it can be.  I also believe it is to promote the great work that DASH does within the local community, enabling young people to understand the difficulties facing the community and engaging with the organisation to make positive change.

What do you like most about your role?

It is far too early for me to state what I like and/or find challenging but I’m sure, as I become more involved, it will provide me with many challenges!