Trustees - RCVDA


The Role of Trustees

trustee’s role in a charity is to be the ‘guardians of purpose’, making sure that all decisions put the needs of the beneficiaries first. They safeguard the charity’s assets – both physical assets, including property, and intangible ones, such as its reputation.

Trustees have independent control over, and legal responsibility for, a charity’s management and administration. They play a very important role, almost always unpaid, in a sector that contributes significantly to the character and wellbeing of the country.

Trusteeship can be rewarding for many reasons – from a sense of making a difference to the charitable cause, to new experiences and relationships. It’s also demanding of your time, skills, knowledge and abilities.

Our Trustees

Wade Tovey MBE TD

Chair of Trustees

Wade “retired” in 2014 as Head of Social Work and Assistant Dean Enterprise in the School of Health and Social Care, Teesside University. Since his retirement he has been involved in various voluntary roles, principally Project Lead at NESCHA. He is also Vice Chair of Nunthorpe Parish Council.

John Anthony

Vice Chair

Before he retired, John was Director of Education at Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, having formerly been a successful Head Teacher. Since he retired 5 years ago he has embraced his love of travel, golf and of course his family.

Michael Caveney


Mike is a Boro lad born and bred. He has been a mechanic, market trader, police officer and laterly a solicitor. He is currently a locum solicitor for Bury Council and PSV at Cumbria Police. He also delivers a supported housing project in Ormesby for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.

Mark Hodgson


Mark is Managing Director of Coatham Coaches, a family owned business and one of the Goldman Sachs 10KSB Alumni. He is also the Chair of Governors at South Bank Primary and KS2 Phase Lead. When not networking or focusing on personal development he tries to find time to play golf.

Nigel Hornsby


Nigel works for Tees Valley Sports, where he works with schools, partnerships, clubs and communities to tackle inequalities and inactivity across Teesside. He is a passionate coach who aims to support and inspire young people to be the best they can. He is an active competitor and is currently training for an Ironman later this year.

Lynn Mitchell


Lynn brings a lifetime of experience in both the charity sector and business sector to her role as Trustee.  She has experience working in the Cared for children sector as well as finances and training.

Margaret Whitehead


Margaret is Vice-Chair of Skelton and Brotton Parish Council. She sits as a nominated representative for the parish to Saltburn Valleys CIO. She is also the representative for North Yorkshire Moors Coastal Area Parish Forum. She takes a great deal of pleasure from supporting organisations dedicated to preserving local heritage.