Trustees

We are lucky to have an extremely dedicated team of trustees who give up their time generously for the charity.
Margery Gledson

Margery Gledson

Chair

Margery has been a trustee for Smile For Life for 10 years, seven of those leading our Board as Chair. Margery brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the charity and has an absolute passion for the work we do. Margery has enjoyed a long and fruitful career in the financial sector, specialising in personal and business financial planning. Margery has been fundamental in the growth of Smile For Life not only using her financial acumen but in her management of our strategic planning. She has introduced many valuable business and personal contacts to the charity who have become significant supporters of our work. Margery leads by example and can be seen at many of our charity events and challenges.

Nigel Coates

Nigel Coates

Trustee

Nigel has been a valued trustee of our charity for nine years. He is a senior lecturer in marketing at Northumbria University and has recently been awarded with the prestigious title of Associate Professor in his field. Nigel has served as a governor on the board at Sir Charles Parsons School in Newcastle’s East End for many years, gaining a wealth of knowledge and understanding of children and young adults coping with a wide range of disabilities and learning difficulties. 

Dr Jan Welbury

Dr Jan Welbury

Trustee

Throughout her long and illustrious medical career Jan worked as a consultant paediatrician specialising in child protection, adoption and fostering and held the post of medical advisor to Barnados North East for more than 30 years. Now retired, Jan is exceptionally active on the fundraising side of the charity, throwing herself into events and huge challenges; Kilimanjaro and C2C to name a few!

Jan’s skills, knowledge and understanding of children with disabilities is invaluable to the work we do at Smile For Life and, as Safeguarding Trustee, the wellbeing of our beneficiaries is always her main priority.

Joe Carroll

Joe Carroll

Trustee

Joe is a semi-retired IT specialist and project manager with a great depth of knowledge and understanding of strategic planning within an organisation. Joe has been a trustee for eight years and is responsible for driving and facilitating the strategic planning side of our business and ensuring the sustainability of our charity throughout these changing times. In addition, he also has a huge amount of experience in designing the structure of business enterprises in terms of governance, business processes and information, which brings extremely valuable skills to many areas of our work. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Joe also successfully completed a brutal six-day hike of the remote sections of the Great Wall of China in 2018 to raise £1000s for our charity.

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