Our Board

Meet our Board members

  • Anthony Brown
    Anthony Brown

    Anthony was delighted to take up the position of Chair of the Trustees in 2015, having been a Trustee since 2004. He is a partner at law firm Clyde & Co specialising in the resolution of disputes moving back to the North East in 2001 after 10 years working in London.


  • Ann Wynn
    Ann Wynn

    Ann is Vice Chair of Northern Learning Trust and  has supported its work of the since 2008. She has many years’ experience of working in the private, public and voluntary sectors and currently enjoys a portfolio career encompassing being the Director of The MEA Trust, an independent Funeral Celebrant and a Leadership and Performance Coach.

  • Barrie Cooper
    Barrie Cooper

    A Trustee since  2013, Barrie worked for 20 years as a Chaplain in the Prison Service, initially with Young Offenders and later with adults serving both short and long sentences.  His initial ministry was on a large estate on the edge of Manchester; with all the associated problems (and opportunities!)

  • John Musson
    John Musson

    John has an extensive career in social housing. He brings to the Trust a wide understanding of the social housing sector, a broad experience of working in and with relevant organisations and a good network of colleagues both nationally and in the North East. John is passionate about helping provide different ways of learning and development, especially to people who may not have succeeded in mainstream education

  • Kath Gallagher
    Kath Gallagher

    Kath Gallagher has worked in the Work Based learning sector since 1988, carrying out various roles progressing to Operations Director of a national Training provider.

    In 2004 she created Newcastle UXL, a partnership organisation of training providers in Newcastle Upon Tyne, which she successfully ran until her retirement in 2014.  In retirement she is the North Tyneside representative (volunteer) for Macmillan Cancer support


  • Victor Ottaway
    Victor Ottaway

    Victor has worked across the North East region in the public, private and voluntary sectors and has a background in the management and delivery of funding and contracts, especially those supporting unemployed people to address their barriers to the labour market.

  • Gemma Lonsdale
    Gemma Lonsdale

    Gemma relocated to the North East in 2005, and has been instrumental in developing business growth across the recruitment and technology sectors. A strategic, innovative leader that is driven to bring out the best in people.