August 18, 2016

Meet the Team

Becci Murray
Operations Director
Becci has full responsibility for running the Trust, with particular responsibility for the ‘people’ based services and delivery. This includes existing projects such as Here for You, the Food Bank and the Young Carers Group, as well as investigating new project opportunities for the benefit of the community.
Ann Turner
Project Manager

Ann is responsible for researching viable options within Berwick upon Tweed that could be used for possible future projects.

Julie Kennedy
Project Manager

Julie is responsible for supporting the Operational Directors in the operational management of the Trust and leads on a variety of regeneration and development projects.

Ian Guthrie
Finance Officer

Ian is responsible for the overseeing of all financial operations of the Trust and has additional responsibilities for the management of the William Elder Building.

Joanne Douglas
Senior Administrator

Joanne is a member of the Here for You team delivering support and advice to customers with job searching activities. Joanne is also responsible for our IT support and website and also assists Ann in the delivery of our social media and marketing activity.

Claire Craig
Facilities & Administration Assistant

Claire is responsible for organising bookings of rooms, setting up of rooms and general admin tasks for the wider team. She also leads on the running and co-ordinating of the CoRE Legacy Fund.

Jenna Shields
Tourism Officer

Jenna is responsible for the Promotion, Implementation and Co-ordination of Tourism activities within the Berwick upon Tweed area . This includes writing content for the Visit Berwick website, promoting through social media and encourage participation through the Berwick upon Tweed Ambassadors scheme.

Board of Trustees
Alan Bowlas
Alan is the Board’s longest standing trustee, having joined the Trust in 2008. After over 30 years in management roles across sales, marketing and retail operations for the oil industry with ESSO-Cleveland and British Petroleum, Alan is now retired. He is actively involved in the town, is a town councillor for Castle Ward and has previously been the town’s Mayor, as well as holding the position of Sheriff in 2008-2009 with the old Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council.
John Fisher
John became a Trustee in 2017. He has worked for over 30 years in Financial Services in the North of England, with a brief sojourn to London to work for the FSA following the financial crisis of 2008. His current role is with AlbaCo Ltd as Chief Compliance and Risk Officer. The Community Trust is his first venture into the voluntary and charitable sector, except for previously acting as advisor to a credit union in Merseyside.
Colette Harper
Colette is currently the Company Secretary for a small private Consultancy. Prior to this she worked in the Mortgage and Financial Services sector for a considerable number of years before returning to education as a mature student, obtaining a degree and becoming a teacher. After living for 14 years in the Scottish Borders she moved to Berwick-upon-Tweed in 2018 when she joined the Board of Trustees. She brings a variety of experience, particularly of dealing with people of all ages from all walks of life, and believes that this and other transferable life skills are useful to the Trust in helping it to achieve its objectives.
David Harper
David joined the Trust in 2018. He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Town Planner and has held senior positions in the Public, Private and Consultancy Sectors specialising in the extractive, waste management and energy industries before establishing his own Planning, Property and Environmental Consultancy in 2012. He has also worked with the voluntary sector, having been a Director of Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN) an organisation responsible for the management and distribution of Landfill Tax Credits for charitable purposes. David is also a Justice of the Peace for Lothian and Borders.
Sally Holburn
Sally is a native of Berwick upon Tweed and joined as a Trustee in September 2019. She retired in 2019 after spending 18 years working as the Finance & Facilities Manager at Sure Start Children's Centres North for Northumberland County Council. During this time she was heavily involved in the development of the Children's Centres in Berwick, Wooler, Alnwick, Seahouses, Rothbury and Hadston. She is a past member of the Institute of Management and the Association of Accountancy Technicians.
David Purvis
David is a craftsman who has run a stained glass design and manufacture business for 27 years, the last 20 in Spittal. He has taught classes in this field both privately and for the mental health charity Mind, worked part-time as an Adult Education Organiser and ran various projects for local organisations including Surestart. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2019, with particular interest in the food bank (as he had volunteered there for the previous few years, and worked in a soup kitchen in Bradford in the 90's).
Keith Siseman
Keith has been a trustee since 2016. He previously had a 30 year career in advertising supporting a number of familiar household brands. He sat on the London board of a major international agency and was a member of the Institute of Marketing. Keith has long standing ties with Berwick and has always viewed it as his spiritual home. He recognised that the Community Trust was a driving force for change in the town and wanted to use his marketing skills to its benefit.

Becoming a Board Member
Do you have a few spare hours a month to attend regular board meetings? Would like to have your input on services that we provide? or even have an idea for a new project that you think the trust may be interested in? Then we would love to hear from you,

New board members are always welcome so if this is something that you are interested in please get in touch with Ann Turner or Becci Murray on 01289 303366 or email aturner@nullberwicktrust.org.uk or bmurray@nullberwicktrust.org.uk and they can have a chat about what’s involved.