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.
David Quinn became a trustee in 2019 and is the Treasurer of Cygnus Support. His professional background is as a Chartered Management Accountant and Treasurer across various industries in both large multi-national and locally owner managed business. He is an advocate for lifelong learning and knowledge sharing. David places huge significance on mental health and wellbeing in both personal and professional environments and is proud to have joined the board of trustees.
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.