The Association of Teesdale Day Clubs is a charitable trust. The Association is governed by a Board of Trustees elected at the Annual General Meeting. These are our current trustees;

Officer Trustees

Dr Peter Wood

Chair, Board of Trustees

Peter left school at the age of 16 in 1958 and joined Ilford Limited in Cheshire as a Laboratory Assistant.

After many years of both part and full time education he was awarded a doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Salford in 1972 and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1979.

He and his wife Joyce moved to Barnard Castle from Scotland 35 years ago to join Glaxo (now GSK) after Peter had gained 10 years experience with two other pharmaceutical companies.

Joyce and Peter have a large family (4 Children, 11 Grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren some living locally and others living in Scotland) which occupies a considerable amount of their time.

After working for GSK in various roles Peter retired in 2002 from his job as a technical director responsible for establishing global product quality standards. Shortly after retirement he became a Trustee of the Association and worked as a consultant on pharmaceutical product development until 2015.

In his work with the Association he has occupied all officer trustee roles and has served as Chairman for 8 years. In this role he has, with the help of some Board members and office staff, been successful in securing substantial amounts of financial support including two consecutive 5 year grants from the Big Lottery amounting to a total of £739,352.

What time he has left is devoted to walking, DIY/house maintenance and some photography but with some emphasis on holidays particularly on cruise ships wherever possible.

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Peter Wood
Peter McGuinness

Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees

Peter has lived in Teesdale for the past 5 years having moved from Buckinghamshire with his wife Joyce to spend more time with his two grandsons and their family. In some ways Peter says he has moved back to Durham and back to his family roots because his family on his mother’s side hail from Hartlepool.

Having gained qualifications in Mechanical Engineering Peter worked for a number of Companies in various project engineering roles until he joined D.S.Smith Plc in 1986 a Paper and Packaging manufacturing company.

He held a number of management positions, where he helped DSS a UK based company with 30 manufacturing locations employing 2000 people to become a major European player operating in 35 Countries with over 25000 staff.

Peter held the position of CEO of the European Paper and Recycling divisions until he retired in 2016. During this time Peter chaired the UK Paper and Recycling trade body and represented the UK on the European trade organisation.

Peter has always been a keen sportsman having played cricket into his early forties, he then took up playing bowls achieving county and national honours. He also enjoys the odd round of golf. He now enjoys walking in upper Teesdale (God’s own Country).

He is looking forward to an active role in the A.T.D.C.

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 Peter McGuinness
Gordon Thompson

Secretary, Board of Trustees

Gordon has lived in Teesdale since moving here in 1990 to work for GSK including roles as Laboratory Manager and Project Leader. He retired in 2017 and became a Trustee of ATDC in 2018.

Gordon and wife Alex live in Startforth and their three children have grown up in the area. Their younger son has special educational needs. Gordon is a volunteer for and trustee of TODYS (Teesdale Opportunities for Disabled Youngsters) which aims to provide respite for parents/carers through activity breaks and breaks for disabled people.

Since retiring Gordon has tried to spend more time on the golf course, gardening and walking. He is a cast member of Kynren, the spectacular live outdoor show on 2000 years history of England.

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Gordon Thomson
Annie Dolphin OBE

Treasurer, Board of Trustees

Annie and her husband have lived in Teesdale since 1999 when she moved to the area with her job. Her main career was 32 years in HM Revenue & Customs (formerly Inland Revenue) in various locations throughout the country where she was originally a Tax Inspector and in her final 15 years worked in a variety of roles at regional and national level. As Deputy Change Director she received the OBE in 2002 in recognition of services to the Inland Revenue.

Following retirement from the Civil Service in 2006 she worked part time as a development and recruitment consultant and was a Non-Executive Director on the County Durham (and later Darlington) PCT boards for almost 7 years until the PCTs were dissolved in March 2013.

More recently she was Lay Chair of NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group (DDES CCG) Governing Body for 3 years from its inception in August 2012. She continues to work part time under contract to NHS England as a panel hearing Chair, and sits on various committees/boards within the NHS. She is a trustee and Board member of County Durham Community Foundation; chairs the Active Durham partnership; is a volunteer reading helper at Evenwood Primary School; and is secretary/trustee of Winston Village Hall. She joined the ATDC Board of Trustees in March 2016.

In her 'spare' time she tries to keep her large garden and four greenhouses under control and grows a lot of fruit and vegetables.

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Annie Dolphin

 Non Officer Trustees

Sue Bainbridge Gill Brodie David Bailey Chris Davy
Sue Bainbridge Gill Brodie David Bailey Chris Davy
Diana Wilks  Ian Ross  Dave Wilson  
Diana Wilks  Ian Ross Dave Wilson