Framwellgate Moor Youth & Community Association (FMYCA) is governed by a board of trustees. The Association is an Incorporated Charitable Organisation. Trustees must comply with FMYCA’s governing document and the law. They must also act in the Association’s best interests and manage the resources responsibly. Trustees are responsible for their actions to the Charity Commission. They are led by the Executive group (Chair, Treasurer and Secretary) who meet on a regular basis (at least each week). Bi-monthly management meetings of the board of trustees are held at which the Executive group formally reports back to the trustees (in addition to regular emails to keep everyone up-to-date). Annually the Association publishes finances and makes a report to the Charity Commission, which are also presented to the AGM.

Ken Gates

Position: Chair of Trustees

Qualifications and Experience

  • Retired business owner
  • Member of The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating, RP.RHE.
  • Past Parish Councillor for Framwellgate Moor Ward.


  • Chairing Management meetings
  • Leading on Health & Safety, Building compliance

Malcolm Blackwood

Position: Trustee & Vice Chair

Pilates class representative.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Retired Education Professional. A qualified teacher I have taught in schools, lectured in colleges and managed a large education department. I am also a qualified sports coach.
  • I have lived in County Durham since 1972 when I came to Neville’s Cross College and first moved to Framwellgate Moor in 1976.


  • Policy subcommittee member

Ian Rudd

Position: Trustee & Treasurer.

Tai Chi class representative.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Retired Business Professional. Ian worked in the motorcar manufacturing industry up to July 2011.
  • Treasurer of the Durham Voluntary Group of Diabetes UK.
  • Treasurer of Durham Young Musicians
  • BSc (Physics)


  • Keep financial records to ensure that Framwellgate Moor Youth & Community Association meets its legal and other obligations under Charity Law, Revenue and Customs and Common law.
  • Prepare accounts for each financial year for independent check and approval by the trustees prior to presentation at the Annual General Meeting.
  • Organise with a reputable Insurance Company for Employee and Third Party cover. Liaise with the County Council for building insurance on an ‘All Risks’ basis for its full rebuild value.
  • Deal with employee pay and returns and payments to HMRC.
  • Control of invoices & payment of bills.
  • Monitor best rates of investment for reserves.

Peter Sykes

Position: Trustee & Secretary.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Retired Secondary Head-teacher
  • Member of Durham Bridge Club
  • BA (Dunelm) Mathematics. PGCE


  • Taking minutes of meetings and preparing agendas.
  • Communicating with the Charity Commission to meet legal requirements
  • Leading on bids for funding
  • Liaising with user groups and publicising their activities

Jill Hancock

Position: Trustee & Representative of Durham Bridge Club.

Qualifications and Experience: retired special needs teacher

  • I am married to Roger and we have 2 daughters and 4 grandsons..
  • I have lived in Durham City for 20 years and since coming to Durham I have worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau.
  • I currently represent Durham Bridge Club, which meets at FMYCC, where I am an active member and also teacher of bridge.
  • I also enjoy cycling and socialising with friends.


  • I am involved with health & safety matters for FMYCA

Jim Hubbard

Position: Trustee & Representative of Durham Coronary Support Group.

Qualifications and Experience: retired Director of Applied Science & Technology (Newcastle College) and qualified lecturer.

  • I began my career as an apprentice fitter and turner for a local manufacturing company.
  • I have worked for Mercedes Benz, Marconi Radar Defence Systems and North East Shipbuilders.
  • I currently represent Durham Coronary Support Group, which meets at FMYCC.
  • I helped to developed the Rail Academy and developed vocational courses in railway engineering.


  • I am involved with health & safety matters for FMYCA

Aurelia Constance Smith

Position: Trustee

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Qualified teacher.
  • Former Parish Councillor for Framwellgate Moor ward.
  • Retired Administrative Officer at the Land Registry, National Savings and Home Office.
  • Also worked as a youth and play worker for a local charity.
  • Volunteer for:

(a) adult literacy tutoring,

(b) the North East First Credit Union and

(c) the County Durham Foodbank.

  • Committee member of Durham City Youth Project (DCYP)


  • Trustee, Policy subcommittee member and supporter of DCYP.

Deniece Wanley

Position: Trustee.

I live in South Tyneside with my 2 teenage daughters, but was schooled at Newton Hall Blue Coat & Framwellgate Moor Comprehensive, and attended New College Durham.

Senior Level Marketeer, with significant passion about Communications, Digital Marketing, Event Management , Charity Governance, & Funding, Partnership and Business Development.

Experience applied across Education, Hospitality, The Arts, Radio & Media, Not for Profit and Law.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • First Class Honours Degree in Marketing (with Business)
  • Foundation Degree in Business (with Marketing)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM)
  • Member of the Marketing Research Society (MRS)
  • Freelance writer for Country Walking Magazine & Rough Guide


  • Website, Marketing and Social Media advisory
  • Platinum Jubilee Coordinator
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