I joined CHUF as a Trustee in 2007, became the Honorary Secretary to the Trustee Board in 2008 and Chair of Trustees in 2013. During my leadership CHUF developed as a charitable organisation - high profile patrons were enlisted, the board became more diverse, governance procedures updated and additional fundraising staff employed. As a consequence CHUF became a CIO, increased its income five fold to £1.5m per annum, was able to build Scott House for parents to stay, provided state of the art medical technology, not only to Freeman Hospital but to other hospitals thoroughout the region. Services were funded to provide psychological and social support for children and families. These achievements were recognised in 2015 when CHUF was accorded the North East Charity of the Year award and I was shortlisted for Charity Leader of the Year.