Northumberland CVA won the contract to facilitate and support the Northumberland VCS Assembly in Autumn 2014. The steering group that was already in place to lead the Assembly continued on an interim basis and by the end of June 2015, the Assembly was in a position to have a democratically elected Executive Committee of twelve members and invited nominations to fill these roles. 

Membership of the VCS Assembly Committee is drawn from across the spectrum of Northumberland’s Voluntary and Community Sector and you can find a list of the current members at the bottom of this page.




Notes from both the Executive Committee meetings and the original Steering Group meetings are available here:

You can find out more about the Assembly Framework here:


Assembly Process


Assembly Process Chart updated 17.7.17


Current Executive Committee Members


One member representing each of the following thematic areas:

    Infrastructure: VACANT

    Employability and Welfare: VACANT

    Children and Youth: Julie Dodson, VoiCeS Northumberland

    Social Enterprise and Cooperative: Andy Haddon, Earth Doctors Ltd

    Trustees: Joe Jackson, Northumberland CVA


Two members representing:

    Health and Social Care: Sharon Spurling, Carers Northumberland

    Health and Social Care: Ralph Firth, Age UK Northumberland


One member representing each of the following geographical areas:

    North Northumberland: VACANT

    Central Northumberland: Sue Ashmore, Business & Professional Women (BPW)

    South East Northumberland: Jim Wyness, Blyth Stroke Support Group

    West Northumberland: John McGough, NCDN


In addition:

    As holder of the commission: Anne Lyall, Northumberland CVA.



North Northumberland covers: Berwick, Belford, Seahouses, Wooler (the old Berwick Borough Council)

Central Northumberland covers: Alnwick. Rothbury, Amble, Morpeth

South East Northumberland covers: Ashington, Newbiggin by the Sea, Bedlington, Blyth, Cramlington, Seaton Delaval

West Northumberland covers: Tyne Valley, Ponteland, Bellingham, Otterburn, Kielder