The Association is based in Barnard Castle and administered by a Strategic Manager, supported by a Financial Administrator/Deputy Manager, our Community Worker and an Administrator.

Our support and administarion staff are based in Woodleigh, Flatts Road, Barnard Castle DL12 8AA, normally open Monday to Friday, from 9.00am to 1:00pm.

Andrea Hobbs

Andrea Hobbs


Strategic Manager

Andrea has lived in Teesdale for the last 2 and a half years after meeting her husband 8 years ago and marrying into a local Teesdale farming family. Previously she has lived and worked in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and rural Scotland, although originally she is from the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Her career for the last 15 years has been in charity management and development, both as an employee of voluntary sector support and front-line service delivery charities, a volunteer Trustee and also as a freelance charity consultant.

Her varied previous experience has included working overseas as a volunteer, gaining a post graduate qualification in Art Therapy, working with young and adult family carers and supporting young people with a special need.

Andrea is passionate about working in the voluntary sector and also volunteers with another charity. She loves to knit things for her extended family of great nephews and nieces and also spends time painting, meditating, talking to her animals and being outside walking in our glorious landscape.

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Pat Asquith

Financial Adminstrator

From a banking background Pat joined the Association with Madeleine in February 2002. Pat is responsible for the finance of the Association and has helped with securing three Big Lottery awards. Alongside the Chairman and Trustees she is looking to prepare another bid to ensure our sustainability for the future.

Pat is responsible for all aspects of Finance including wages and the new pension requirements.

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Tracy Taylor

Operational and Administrative Co-ordinator

After a long and successful career at GlaxoSmithKline Tracy joined the Association in 2011. Tracy is responsible for the day to day running of the Association, liaising between Madeleine and the staff and is responsible for both the paperwork and paper trail required to keep us compliant.

For the last few years Tracy has taken sole responsibility for the Health and Safety procedures ensuring that all ten venues maintain the high standards required for both member safety and legally.

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Madeleine Walton

Club and Community Services Manager

Madeleine has been the Community Worker since February 2002.

The Community Worker role gives Madeleine the opportunity to interact with the members directly, research and find information on their behalf and she is fortunate to see the results of her work.

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