Our Board of Trustees

Cheryl Gavin
Cheryl GavinInterim Co-Chair
Cheryl is a local resident in North Tyneside and a Mam of 2 energetic boys and a proud dog owner to Elvis.
She has a passion for participant centred programmes and has experienced first hand the impact it has on the most vulnerable and excluded communities. Joining LD:NE as a trustee in May 2019, she brings over 15 years’ experience working with the community and voluntary sector, in a wide range of complex partnerships in the field of arts and culture. As Director of Participatory Arts Charity, ‘Helix Arts’ she is keen to ensure everybody has an equal right to creativity and culture, on their terms, so they can creatively express their stories and change perceptions of marginalised groups.
Alex Blake
Alex BlakeInterim Co-Chair
Alex has over 10 years’ experience of fundraising in the charity sector, having worked with a wide range of organisations, small and large, local, national and international. Health, social care and disability have been particular areas of focus in his career, having worked for the National Autistic Society for several years and now working with several charities in these sectors as a consultant. In November 2013 Alex established KEDA Consulting to help charitable organisations to increase their income, increase their social impact and better demonstrate their impact. Alex lives with his wife and two sons in Forest Hall and became a trustee at LD:NorthEast in February 2016.
Brenda Boyd
Brenda BoydVice Chair
Brenda and has been involved with LD:NorthEast as a volunteer and board member for some five years. She has two sons on the Autistic spectrum and lives with them and their father in Benton, North Tyneside. Her older son receives personalised support from LD:NorthEast. She has been a founder member, trustee and secretary of Parent Teacher Associations at Woodlawn and Glebe special schools. Before family commitments she worked in public relations, advertising and marketing.
Jeff Dinning
Jeff DinningTreasurer
Jeff was employed in the local government finance sector as a qualified accountant for well over 40 years, working for local North East councils and regional representative bodies. He was appointed as a Trustee after joining LD:NorthEast as a volunteer earlier in 2016 and hopes that his financial background will help to make a valuable contribution to the work of the organisation. Jeff is from the North East and currently lives in Tynemouth.
Amanda Hillerby
Amanda HillerbyBoard Member
Amanda became a trustee at LD:NorthEast in November 2013 following a move from Leeds to Tynemouth. Amanda has a passion for supporting people with a learning disability and brings to the board a mix of social care and marketing expertise. She currently works for a leading care agency.