Meet The Team

Alyson Hampshire

Nunsmoor Centre Trust Chairperson

Access Panel Chairperson


I currently serve as Chairperson on the Board of Nunsmoor Centre Trust and have undertaken this office for more than eight years.

My professional background is in teaching where I had the privilege to teach children who had additional needs and disabilities. I found my teaching career enormously rewarding, often finding that my work meant that I got to know families of the children I taught very well.

I am a mother with two married daughters and a grandmother of five, four boys and a girl, ranging in age from two to eighteen years. They keep me young!

I have lived within the West end of Newcastle for the past forty odd years and enjoy being active within the community. Over the years I have been involved in many projects, initiatives, and the work of numerous organisations. These have included:

  • Chairing Stanhope Street Residents’ Association
  • Lead person for the Clarewood Green Community Garden which has won six Green Flag awards.
  • Chairing Places for People (Housing) Regional and National Customer Panels and their Regional Customer Review Panel regarding complaints.
  • Newcastle Toy and Leisure Library, both leading on the Arthur’s Hill Toy Library and at one time chairing the Newcastle Toy Library Forum.
  • I currently chair the ACCESS Panel which Nunsmoor Centre Trust facilitates citywide.

I am passionate about supporting and enabling an inclusive way of working. I enjoy meeting people from all backgrounds and actively working for the good of the members of the community in which I live and work.

I find my time for personal interests limited but I enjoy crosswords, music, and arts and crafts.

Brian Graham

Nunsmoor Centre Trust Vice Chairperson

Access Fund Grants Officer

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I am retired but worked for Royal Mail in my professional life.

I have been involved with Nunsmoor Centre Trust for over eight years and enjoy my involvement as a trustee.

My main work for the Nunsmoor Centre Trust is acting as Grants’ Officer to ensure the smooth running of the Access Fund delivery which the NCT have the contract to facilitate for Newcastle City Council. I find the opportunity to support children ad young people with additional needs and disabilities (and their families) very rewarding.

As a trustee I attend all Board Meetings. I enjoy supporting activities and events and being part of an active community team.

Anne Byers

Assistant Treasurer

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I am a retired Administration Officer after working many years with British Gas. I have experience in admin tasks, filing, bookkeeping, and finances. My hobbies are walking and reading.

I first came to Nunsmoor Centre as a volunteer to help in the sessions run by Sure Start. I joined the NCT management group and runs the Parent & Toddler group alongside Stephen Douglas. I undertake many other tasks. I support a volunteer with additional needs in the centre, I mentor him on a range of activities. 

Riazul Haque

Riaz currently works with homeless young people in a project and is a Director at the Nunsmoor Centre Trust. His work background is in Diagnostic and Equipment, Toiletries, Insurance and different type of projects . Riaz has a BSc Honours in Physics, MBA in Marketing & International Business, PTLLS, a Diploma in Health & Social Care, and a CIPD Level 3. Alongside his qualifications he also can speak several languages including Bengali, Hindi, and Urdu. Riaz interests include travelling, sports, music, motivational books and socialising.

Nigel Todd

Ward Council Representative


Nigel Todd is a Newcastle City Councillor for the Arthur’s Hill ward (formerly Wingrove Ward). His work background is in adult education and the Co-Operative Movement, and he chairs both the UK Co-Operative College and the Greening Wingrove Community Interest Company, as well as acting as an Ambassador for the Workers’ Educational Association’.

Shameem Jamil



My professional background is in retail/sales and Community work. I have lived all my life in the west end of Newcastle. I am a mum of four daughters and have a gorgeous granddaughter.  I care full time for my Mum and my youngest daughter who has special needs/ disability. 

I’m one of the founders of the Al-Ihsan baby and toddler group, which has been running 6 years now. The group runs here at the Nunsmoor Centre on Friday mornings. I joined the NCT team as a trustee to put back into the community that I live in, as I wanted to see this community thrive and live, play and work together in harmony.

Marielle Cross

Trustee / Treasurer


I was a national key account manager in Paris for 25 years before moving to Newcastle with my family in 2016. I gave up my job to move to the UK to support my youngest son Noah who is Asperger and has learning difficulties because we thought it was a better environment for him. England has proven to be much better adapted to help Noah with his disabilities, so I am very happy that I have found the NCT so that I can contribute a little back to a charity with such a strong sense of community.

Newcastle offers so much to all sorts of people with all sorts of backgrounds and I am delighted to be able to contribute as Volunteer and Treasurer and give my time to something that makes a real difference to people’s lives in Newcastle’s West End.

Ray Rooney



I’m Ray and I’m a trustee at Nunsmoor Centre Trust. I first got involved with NCT due to my previous job at NE Youth, wherein I was tasked with designing the NCT website. After I left NE Youth I still kept in touch with Alyson and managed the website for a while, and in January 2020 I became a trustee.

Outside of NCT I work at NUFC in the payroll department, and through NE Youth I occasionally volunteer and raise money for Smile for Life children’s charity, as well as previously representing the North East on the UK Youth national youth board, ‘UK Youth Voice’.

Bridget Stratford


Hi, I’m Bridget and I am a Trustee here at Nunsmoor Centre Trust. Last summer I worked as a Play Ranger, supporting children and families accessing free fun summer activities and providing free meals. I also run N.E.S.T which is a student run project supporting refugees and asylum seekers in the North East. N.E.S.T also runs two family ESOL learning sessions at Nunsmoor. I love the centre and I am passionate about supporting the community.