The Board of Trustees
Derek Coates – chairperson
Derek is currently the Chair of Burnhope Community Centre. He is also chairperson of Burnhope Parish Council and a member of Burnhope Community Partnership. Derek has been a school governor for Burnhope Primary School since 2005. Derek is an active volunteer within the community and currently works for Durham University. He enjoys spending time with his wife and grandchildren.
Ian Galloway – treasurer
Ian Galloway serves as our Treasurer. A newly published author, Ian works as the Director of the Free Church Track at Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, Durham University, where he lectures and mentors church leaders from across the North. He has been a charity trustee for nearly forty years and was a founding trustee of Action Foundation, a charity serving asylum seekers and refugees, who received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service and won North East Charity of the year. Ian and his wife Heather have five children, six grandchildren and two Labradors. He enjoys walking, writing, scuba-diving, and renovating houses.
Carol Barron – trustee
Carol Barron has lived in the village for 57 years. She and her husband were steward and stewardess of the Ivy Leaf Club for three years. Carol has volunteered for many Burnhope organisations over the years including the Burnhope Partnership. Carol is the lead trustee for events at the centre. Carol has three sons and five grandchildren which keep her busy. Carol enjoys gardening at her allotment in the village, her other hobbies include crafts, dog walking and spending time with her grandchildren.
Oswald Johnson – trustee
Ossie has represented Burnhope residents , as part of the Lanchester Division, both as District and County Councillor, for over 30 years. He now lives in Lanchester although his family is originally from Burnhope and he has contributed to the villages proud mining heritage.
Janet Box – trustee
Janet moved to Burnhope 1986 and was postmistress for 24 years. Janet has been a Burnhope Parish Councillor for 15 years. Janet joined the Mid Durham Area Action Partnership in 2012 and has been a Board member for the last 8 years. Janet is a founding member of Burnhope Community Centre charity and worked for seven years to get funding together to build Burnhope Community Centre. Janet was instrumental in the new Community Centre and was treasurer until 2021. Janet is still a Trustee and a volunteer for the centre.
Alan Gibson BEM – trustee and health and safety lead
Alan is a retired senior fire officer where his roles including Station Manager. He is currently chair of Burnhope Primary School governors. Alan is the trustee lead for health and safety and also helps plan events at the centre. In 2022 Alan was presented with his British Empire Medal for his tireless work for The Fire Fighters Charity. He has lived in Burnhope all of his life and sees Burnhope Community Centre as the hub for the community.
Gordon Smith – trustee and maintenance lead
Gordon Smith has lived in Burnhope all of his life. He worked for the NHS for 32 years as an electrician and retired 10 years ago. He used to be a school governor at Burnhope Primary school and is currently a member of Burnhope Parish Council. Gordon is the trustee responsible for general maintenance. His hobbies include going on holiday, motorcycling and spending time with his grandchildren.
Heather Galloway – trustee and HR lead
Heather Galloway helps to run the Bairns toddler groups at the community centre. She has been a trustee since September 2020 and has responsibility for HR. She is a retired GP who enjoys walking her dogs and spending time with her grandchildren. She’s married to Ian , our treasurer and they moved to the village in January 2020.
Helen Prow – trustee and PR lead
Helen Prow has lived in Burnhope for over 20 years and runs a very successful childminding business called Little Treasures. Helen volunteers for our Burnhope Bairns group and for various events at the Centre. Helen is the trustee lead for publicity by supporting the development of new publicity material and raising our social media profile. Helen has a degree in Supporting Learning in Early Years and has Early Years practitioner status. Helen lives in Burnhope with her husband and three children and enjoys reading, running and spending time with her family.
Emily Francis – trustee
Emily is a mental health pioneer who has spent over 20 years helping people and organisations tackle mental health challenges, improving quality of life for people and significantly improving outcomes for organisations. She is the founder and Managing Director of Our Mind’s Work Limited and has worked in the workplace mental health field for 6 years, previously working with Mind. Emily joined our board of trustees in June 2022 to provide a more strategic approach to mental health and wellbeing at Burnhope Community Centre. Away from work, Emily loves walking in our local countryside with her dog and as an ex professional photographer enjoys landscape and nature photography.