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Board members appointed at Life during national Trustees’ Week

The International Centre for Life welcomes three new members to its Board of Trustees. The announcement follows a Board meeting held at Life yesterday evening (12 November) and comes shortly after the appointment of Councillor Irim Ali over the summer.

The timing of the announcement is particularly apt, as 12-16 November 2018 is Trustees’ Week – an annual event to highlight the great work of trustees across the country and to draw attention to the opportunities for people from all walks of life to join in and make a difference.

The experiences and qualities of the new trustees will further strengthen the science village’s sound business model, entrepreneurial reputation and knowledge of the local community that it serves.

Life’s new trustees:

Councillor Irim Ali, a Legal Assistant and Elected Councillor for the Wingrove Ward in Newcastle

Working as a Legal Assistant at Newcastle-based David Gray Solicitors, Irim helps clients to understand immigration systems in order to prevent family members from being separated. Irim is passionate about helping to protect human rights and has previously worked to support victims of human trafficking in North East England.

Louise Hunter, Director of Corporate Affairs at Northumbrian Water Group (NWG)

Louise has led NWG’s approach to sustainability, the success of which has been recognised by several national awards, including twice attaining the Queen’s Award for Sustainability and the water utility being the only one listed on the Ethisphere Global list of most ethical companies for the past seven years. She is also a leading figure in the North East business community, with roles on the Boards of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the North East Chamber of Commerce Council, amongst others.

Liz Mayes, Chief Executive of The Common Room project

Liz is leading the transformation the Mining Institute in Newcastle – the first professional mining institute in the world – into a public space that tells the story of the North East’s industrial past. This work perfectly complements Life’s mission to engage the North East public in science, technology and engineering. She is also the former North East Regional Director of the manufacturers’ organisation EEF.

Paul Smith, technology entrepreneur and writer

Paul’s accolades span a successful career in broadcast journalism, being the founder of the UK accelerator Ignite (founded in Newcastle) and founding numerous technology companies. He is a mentor and advocate for promoting women in technology – and he has previously penned about his experiences of refusing to join tech panel discussions that do not include female panellists.

With new trustees appointed, Life announces that Clive Cookson (Science Editor, Financial Times) and Dr Steven Gater (Retired headteacher and science teacher) have stepped down from the Board after 9 and 12 years’ service, respectively.

Alastair Balls, Chairman of Life’s Board of Trustees, said: “We expect a lot from our trustees, both in knowledge in their area of specialism and in passion and a willingness to get stuck in – but we’ve never been disappointed. As such, I’m sorry to see Steven and Clive step down, as they’ve both contributed an enormous amount over the years in service to Life.”

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