Board of Trustees
Cygnus Support is governed by a trustee board that oversees the financial and legal security of the organisation as well as leading on governance. The board meets every six weeks with extra meetings being arranged when needed.
Gill Fraser has been a trustee since 2014 and is the Chair of Cygnus Support. Before retiring Gill worked within health; as a GP with a special interest in women’s and children’s health then moving into medical management within large NHS Trusts. As a GP in both Morpeth and Berwick upon Tweed, Gill admired the work we did and referred patients to our services. She is proud to be a trustee.
Jill Scarr became a trustee in October 2014. Her professional background is in Human Resources and Organisational Development, working in the public sector for over 30 years. Jill became an independent management consultant in 2011 and has worked across the UK in local authorities reviewing both children’s and adult’s safeguarding services. She has been connected with Cygnus Support for many years including making referrals, participating in and then delivering creative writing courses.
As a result of participating in the creative writing courses, Jill went on to study for an MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University. Jill has held various trustee roles both locally and nationally and has a good understanding of the sector as well as experience as a senior manager and business owner. Jill is passionate about the work Cygnus Support does and is committed to making our services available across the vast rural areas in Northumberland.
Christine Telford became a trustee in 2017. A Northumberland native, Christine has worked as a geologist in oil and gas exploration across 6 continents and oceans since 1984. She brings experience from both large multi-national organisations and from her work as an independent consultant and business owner. In 2015, Christine took the decision to concentrate on academic lecturing and industry training and this has given her rare free time to become involved in other areas including as a trustee for Cygnus Support. In addition to sharing her knowledge and experience with us, Christine is also delighted to have the opportunity to learn from her role in a new sector.
Hilarie Tucknott joined the board of trustees in 2014. Hilarie’s experience comes from a career in education, specialising in Early Years and from being a member of Business and Professional Women for over thirty years. This is a global organisation that aims to help all women reach their full potential. Since retiring, Hilarie has volunteered with ‘MIND’ Active, a local charity that works with people with dementia. Hilarie advocates the need to take a holistic approach to sustaining the health and mental wellbeing of all.