Chair of Trustees
Geoff is a fellow member of the CIMA who had a long and successful career within multiple retail environments. He held senior board positions including CFO and Deputy Chairman in a group with a very large turnover and over 12,000 employees and has wide expertise of acquisitions, disposals and strategic planning.
Colin is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA), and a Member of the Institute of Securities (MSI). Colin is a successful and pragmatic corporate financier with more than 25 years experience within two leading accountancy practises (KPMG & Baker Tilly). Highly results-orientated with a strong record for getting deals to completion, through creative and constructive thinking. Experienced at Board level, having led the Baker Tilly Corporate Finance Practice in the North, until 2007 and being a member of the National CF Management team.
Diane McVey has worked in education for 25 years. Initially Dianne taught in mainstream schools in Birmingham and then Staffordshire. In 1997 Diane started teaching in a local special school, for the majority of the time managing the early year’s department. She also managed the Key Learning Centre which offered support to mainstream schools with pupils who had special educational needs. During this time she trained as an Early bird trainer and completed courses on many related areas such as PECS and TEACCH. Since 2012 Diane became a Special Educational Needs Early Years Advisor for nurseries across Newcastle and Moorlands.
Fundraising & Charity Specialist
Susan Passmore MInstF (Dip) joined the Board of Trustees in 2013. She is the Chief Executive Officer of the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, a national charity based in Derby supporting all those living with, working with or affected by Prader-Willi Syndrome. Susan has over ten years’ experience in all aspects of fundraising on both a local and national scale, and of both governance and charitable law.
John is a skilled and experienced HR practitioner professionally and has supported the Centre with HR issues for many years on pro bono basis. We are thrilled to appoint John to our Board and he brings a wealth of support to the Centre. John has also completed various fundraising challenge events at the Centre and is a familiar face at our social events such as our annual ball.
Paul initially became involved with the Peter Pan Centre back in 2001 as the local MP for Newcastle under Lyme and continued to support the Centre throughout his time in office. Paul was instrumental in securing our current premises on Hoon Avenue and has supported us immeasurably. We welcomed Paul to the board in April 2020 and he continues to be a great asset to the Centre.