Linda has extensive experience in Human Resources and Personnel management. Hartepool born, she worked for the NHS in London for 14 years including a period as Personnel Director of the Great Ormond Street group of hospitals. More recently she moved in to local government in the North East and held a series of key roles including the position of Director of Human Resources at Middlesbrough Council.
She now works as an independent HR Consultant and alongside her extensive professional experience she's also a graduate of Essex University and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). In her spare time she's a keen amateur pianist and holds a grade 4 piano certificate, something she's particularly proud of as she only started to learn as an adult.
"I've been looking for the right Trustee opportunity for a while and joining the Board of Trustees here is a fantastic chance to make an important contribution to an organisation that I know provides invaluable help and support to young people. As a mother of two sons, one a recent graduate and the other currently going through the university experience, I feel I understand the value of the work that a Students' Union does. I'm delighted to have the chance to add something to that through my skills and expertise. I was immediately impressed by the enthusiasm of the other Trustees I have met and I always try to match that."
Heather is our longest serving External Trustee and brings a wealth of experience, particularly in finance and a series of senior roles in various large public sector organisations, to the Board. She held the positions of Assistant Director of Finance and Service Director (People) at Wakefield and District Housing Association before moving to Teesside University in 2008 to take up the key role of Director of Finance, a position that saw regular contact between her and and the Students' Union.
Heather returned to the housing sector in 2011 to take up her present role with Thirteen Housing Group where she has overall responsibility for finance and corporate services including staff development and ICT. She is also a member of the Board at The Vela Housing Group and a Governor of the Breakthrough Academy in Brenton and Prior Pursglove Sixth Form College in Guisborough.
"It's great to have renewed my link with Teesside University through the Students' Union which, from my time as Director of Finance at the University, I know plays a central role in ensuring the high quality of education and wider experience students enjoy. As an External Trustee I always aim to bring my range of skills and experience to the Board so that they can further fulllfill that important role."
Heather lives with her family in Darlington. She started her career in financial services but has spent the last decade in service development, engagement and influencing roles across the charitable sector and the NHS. She is passionate about reducing health inequality in the regio, along with improving access to education, housing and support networks to enhance wellbeing and life chances.
She currently works as the Health Service Engagement Lead for the British Heart Foundation which involves working with health system leaders at a national and local level as a catalyst for change in improving outcomes for people with or at risk of cardiovascular disease. She has also completed an MSc in Transformational Leadership in Health and Social Care at Teesside University.
"This is my first Trustee role and it was so important to me that I was on the board of an organisation I felt a real connection to. I've had personal experience of Teesside University and share the values of both the institution and the Students' Union. Having studied at the University I know first-hand what a genuinely transformative role it plays in so many student's lives, especially those living locally." Heather says "Similarly, the Students' Union helps ensure students can make the most of their time here. I have a particular interest in wanting to see that it is as inclusive as possible and continues to play an integral role in supporting wellbeing and development during and well beyond their time at University."
Clare was born in Ethiopa and attended primary school in Uganda where her parents were teachers for the British Council. Her family eventually settled in Somerset and she grew up there before embarking on a thirty five year career working in seven different universities in England, Scotland and Australia. She has recently take retirement from her role leading librariers at The University of Exeter and, despite working at some distance in recent years, her permanent home has been in the North East for ther past seventeen years.
"I've always been committed to putting students at the heart of everything I've done during my career and I've thoroughly enjoyed working with Student Officers and other student representatives to ensure library and student support services are constantly adapting to meet student needs." Clare says "I joined the Board of Trustees as a way of continuing to help students make the most of everything their university experience offers through the all of the excellent work done by Teesside University Students' Union. I hope my in-depth knowledge of higher education will be of value to the organisation and I'm pleased to be continuing to make a similar contribution at Durham University."