Our Board of Trustees bring a wealth of experience and expertise to Age Concern Tyneside South, hailing from diverse backgrounds and providing robust governance to the organisation.

Ian Johnson - Chair

Ian has almost 20 years experience working in a variety of roles in the social housing sector. This ranges from a local authority with 35,000 units that went through large-scale voluntary transfer, an ALMO with 8,500 properties and now as Chief Executive of a small registered provider in Newcastle that predominately focuses on supported housing for homeless and vulnerable clients.

Steven Duckworth -Vice-Chair

Steven has worked in the NHS- as both a clinician and manager- for twenty five years; throughout that time, his main focus was within older people’s services. Steven has a background in lecturing; research and policy development mainly in the area of stroke care, but more recently this has extended to issues of mental health, dementia and cancer. He is currently the Head of Quality for NHS England in Cumbria and the North East.

Joe Tiernan

Joe was born and raised in South Shields and although he has travelled extensively, he has lived most of his life in the Borough. Joe has a background as a Chartered Engineer and his career centred on the High Voltage Construction Industry. This culminated in the last 20 years as Operations Director for a Multi-National Company with projects delivered world-wide. 

Helen Tranter

Helen’s 18 year career has been spent developing and delivering support solutions for Older People so that they can remain as independent as possible within their own home. She received her BSc from Sunderland University before starting her career with Sunderland City Council’s Residential Care Service and is currently a Supported Housing Manager.

Cameron Ward

Cameron was born in South Shields, grew up in Sunderland and now lives near Durham. He is a management consultant having worked in the NHS across the country for over 25 years in a variety of Chief Executive and Director roles. He is married to Sharon, a community midwife, and has two grown up children.

Ray Staward - Treasurer

Ray is a chartered public finance and chartered certified accountant with experience of local and central Government, the health and education sectors and the water industry in the UK and overseas. A retired member of the Chartered Management Institute, he has worked within several Tyneside councils and with Newcastle Area Health Authority, Sunderland and South Shields Water Company, the Audit Commission and Northumbria University, as well as working in a range of senior accountancy and audit roles internationally.

Ray was a governor at South Tyneside College for eight years, and he is the Independent Person for South Tyneside Council, maintaining standards of conduct among elected members.  He is currently a Director of Ridgeway Academy Trust, South Shields.