Meet the team and board of trustees involved in running The Teesside Charity.

Our Team

Diane Williamson

Charity Manager

Diane is the manager at The Teesside Charity and has worked for the charity for over eight years. Diane is responsible for the day-to-day running of the charity, including looking after our donors, supporting Mandy at events, helping Jenny with the caravans and shortlisting the funding applications.

Diane also works with Sheila to customise our reporting and database information. No day is ever the same. Diane loves connecting people and working collaboratively with other charities.

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Jenny Williams

Funding Coordinator

Jenny has worked for The Teesside Charity for the last six years and is the funding coordinator. Jenny coordinates the applications for funding and monitors how it is used.

Jenny also looks after the charity caravans at Reighton Sands Holiday Park, co-ordinating bookings and ensuring everyone has an amazing time and makes lots of memories.

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Mandy Shields

Events Manager

Mandy is The Teesside Charity’s events manager and has worked at the charity for almost eight years. Mandy organises a wide range of events, from skydiving to golf days to the Annual Ball, all to raise funds for the charity.

Mandy is great at persuading people to take part and join in, she’s our secret weapon.

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Sheila Neal

Office and Finance Administrator

Sheila has worked for the charity for five years and is the office and finance administrator. She keeps our database and financial records up to date and accurate.

She is very methodical and meticulous and is our resident Sage and Salesforce expert.

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Board of Trustees

Lee Bramley


Lee succeeded the charity’s founder, Andy Preston, as Chair of the Charity Trustees in May 2019. Lee is the Managing Partner of commercial law firm, The Endeavour Partnership.

Endeavour are proud of their Teesside heritage and were one of the Charities first patrons. A majority of the firm’s partners are themselves Trustees of various Teesside-based charities.

After attending Ayresome School and King’s Manor Secondary, Lee completed a law degree and qualified as a solicitor in 2000. Married with two children, Lee is an ardent Middlesbrough FC supporter. Having Hickton as a middle name (after the Boro centre-forward of the 1960s and 1970s era) left him with him with little choice! Lee was born just a few hundred yards from Boro’s former ground, Ayresome Park (where his Mum still lives today).

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Emily Bentley


Emily is Marketing and Business Development Manager for Stockton and Newcastle based business and personal legal firm, Jacksons Law Firm.

Emily is also director of Tees Valley Business Club, a not-for-profit organisation.

Born in Middlesbrough, Emily has studied and worked in Teesside her entire life and describes herself as passionate about the communities, people and businesses across the area.

She says she is also always willing to give time and do “crazy things” to support charity.

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Alisdair Beveridge


Energetic Alisdair first approached the charity while working as a commission-only salesman after reading a book about Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish-American steel giant and famous philanthropist.

The rest, as they say, is history as he is now also a committed trustee as well as a loyal patron, who is managing director of his own expanding Stockton home improvements firm The Build Directory.

Alisdair set up what is a growing and successful business with clients across Teesside, the North-East and Yorkshire.

And the passionate Teessider remains committed to helping others clear their own hurdles and have a better life through the charity, stressing: “I like to help people live their best life, and always like to be the best version of myself I can be.”

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Ian Gordon


Ian became a Patron of Teesside Charity in 2017 along with wife Jayne, through their business Vitality Dental in Stokesley . Vitality is now part of Riverdale Healthcare of which Ian is a Director.

Riverdale operates 59 dental practices across the North including the Alpha Dental brand of practices which operates practices in Fairfield and Eston in the Teesside region

Ian hails from Stokesley , graduated as a dentist from Newcastle in 1984 and has worked in the Teesside area since, previously establishing dental surgeries and practising in Guisborough, Eaglescliffe and central Middlesbrough.

He currently works clinically at Vitality Dental in Stokesley and maintains roles as Dental Director of the expanding Riverdale Group and as a dento-legal advisor. He is involved in both local and national dental politics and as an advisor to a Corporate dental trade association , The Association of Dental Groups.
Ian and Jayne have lived in Osmotherley for the last 12 years and might one day be regarded as locals!

A lifelong Middlesbrough fan Ian flies the flag for Teesside and the North East whenever possible and is delighted to be involved with the Charity as a Patron and Trustee.

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Sarah Hale


Sarah is Chief Financial Officer of px Group, a leading provider of services in the process, energy and high complexity industrial sectors. Born in East Cleveland, Sarah began her career in 2004 and qualified as a charted accountant in 2007.

Graduating from Newcastle University and working for several different businesses in the North East, Sarah has never strayed far from her Teesside roots.

Sarah became a trustee of The Teesside Charity in 2022, continuing the px Groups involvement with the charity after colleague Dave Henderson stepped down as trustee. As a proud Teessider, Sarah is delighted to be involved with the charity and is really looking forward to making a difference in any way she can.

Sarah resides in Saltburn with her partner and two children, and she spends her spare time exercising and showcasing her musical talents at the Cleveland philharmonic orchestra.

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Karl Pemberton


Karl is Managing Director of Active Chartered Financial Planners. Karl’s career in finance began as an 18-year-old cashier with Yorkshire Bank in 1995.

He quickly moved through the roles and he took up a management role within Premium Banking, making Karl the youngest within the bank.

In 2005, Karl left to join RBS as a Private Banking Manager, his first regulated role as a Financial Adviser. However, when Karl’s father became seriously ill, he left to take over the family firm, Active Financial Services.

Karl joined Active in 2007 with a vision to develop the firm into one that was capable of challenging the services offered by the big banks, whilst sticking firmly to the firm’s local, ethical and traditional values. Since then Active has tripled in size in every area during what have been very difficult economic times.

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Andrew Rowe


Andrew is a partner in the Wynyard office and is Head of Accountancy & Business Services in the North East for Azets, the UK’s largest regional accountancy and business advisers to SMEs. He brings over 30 years of experience of advising businesses across Teesside.

Andrew grew up in Redcar where he still lives, where he has been a school governor and is chairman of the North East Chamber Redcar & Cleveland Committee.

Most weekends Andrew can be found socialising in Redcar and at the side of various football pitches around Teesside supporting his son and daughter playing for local teams in the TJFA. Once these games are over, he also supports Middlesbrough FC.

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Dr Bill Scott OBE


Dr Bill Scott OBE is Chief Executive of Wilton Universal Group and Honorary Doctor of Business Administration at Teesside University. Born in Middlesbrough, Bill is particularly proud of his Teesside roots and devotes a lot of his time to giving something back to the community.

His biggest passion is to inspire the next generation, and in that regard, he engages with schools, colleges and universities.

At the age of 32, Bill teamed up with his business partner Steve Glenn to set up Wilton Engineering with grand plans for company growth. After beginning his career as an apprentice, the Wilton Universal Group has allowed him to come full circle and offer the same opportunities that were once offered to him to the next generation.

Bill was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2019 for services to the Engineering and Offshore Wind Sector and to the community on Teesside. When he’s not running a business, championing the region or winning awards you’ll find Bill northern soul dancing.

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Harriet Spalding


A proud Teessider, Harriet is both the Marketing and Business Development Manager and Investment Sales Manager of our Patrons, the Mandale Group.

In 2017, she successfully conquered Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, raising more than £5,000 for the The Teesside charity.

Stockton-based Mandale is a leading property development and investment company, responsible for some of the best redevelopment and regeneration programmes around Teesside – and committed to helping Teesside to thrive.

Harriet is part of a company with more than 30 years’ experience in building accommodation from residential to offices, shops, leisure facilities and warehouses.

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Ian Stark


Leicestershire-born Ian is CEO of chemical company Chemoxy and a passionate Teessider, having spent the last 40 years living and working in our region.

He first came to the area in 1980 to work in Hartlepool after studying chemistry in Nottingham, and was involved in the acquisition and sales of various companies as commercial director and MD before being part of a management buyout of Chemoxy in 2011.

A personal patron of our charity along with wife Adrienne, Ian remained CEO of Chemoxy after the company was sold to a French multinational in 2017.

A fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and member of the NEPIC leadership team, he has several angel investments on Teesside in the plastics recycling and water conservation sectors, and is also a partner in lavishly restored village pub The Devonport, Middleton-One-Row.

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