New chair of Age UK board

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AGE UK Northumberland has appointed a new non executive chairman to their board of trustees.

Richard Dobson has taken up the voluntary post, as he wanted to make more of a contribution to the well being of the people in the county, using his knowledge and understanding of business, the economy and service led improvement.

Previous non executive positions include roles at Northgate & Prudhoe NHS Trust and at Northumbria Probation Board.

Richard said: “The organisation, as all charities are, will face real challenges as the downturned UK economy has a knock on effect. Age UK also faces the challenges of personalisation, the transformation of how adult social care is funded and delivered. It is my task, together with our dedicated board of trustees, to look at how we will respond and reshape under these demanding times to ensure that we can continue to best support people over 50 in Northumberland.

“Our vision is simple; it is to improve the quality of lives of older people in Northumberland. To do that, we need an even sharper focus on how to secure funds, sell our services and develop & grow our charitable work to fulfill the purposes we are needed for. It is a tremendous honour to have been elected to this role and to be able to lead such a dedicated team of volunteers, staff and Trustees in achieving those aims.”

A keen trekker, Richard has raised money for charities by trekking, most recently across Iceland and often takes off the Lakes and the Cotswalds for walking breaks. He will now be ‘donating’ three days of his time a week, alongside six board meetings with the other 12 trustees each year.

Katherine Shearer, acting chief executive, who is based at the charity’s headquarters in Ashington, said: “We need as many qualified and interested people to give the charity their time to make Age UK in Northumberland as successful as possible. From Home Care Assistants to trustees, this organisation is simply about the people.

“Richard is a great addition to our team and I am confident that his input, alongside our talented and dedicated team will ensure that people over 50 in Northumberland continue to benefit from Age UK for the long term.”

Age UK Northumberland aims to improve later life for everyone over 50 through a huge range of information and advice, services, campaigns, products, training and research.

More information on Age UK and its services in Northumberland is available at

There are a whole host of volunteering opportunities for anyone who wishes to help, and people are invited to visit The Roundhouse at anytime for more information, or call (01670) 784846.