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The Association of Teesdale Day Clubs is a charitable trust. The Association is governed by a Board of Trustees elected at the Annual General Meeting. These are our current trustees;

Officer Trustees

Gordon Thompson

Chair, Board of Trustees

Gordon has lived in Teesdale since moving here in 1990 to work for GSK including roles as Laboratory Manager and Project Leader. He retired in 2017 and became a Trustee of ATDC in 2018.

Gordon and wife Alex live in Startforth and their three children have grown up in the area. Their younger son has special educational needs. Gordon is a volunteer for and trustee of TODYS (Teesdale Opportunities for Disabled Youngsters) which aims to provide respite for parents/carers through activity breaks and breaks for disabled people.

Since retiring Gordon has tried to spend more time on the golf course, gardening and walking. He is a cast member of Kynren, the spectacular live outdoor show on 2000 years history of England.

Gordon Thomson
Peter McGuinness

Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees

Peter has lived in Teesdale for the past 5 years having moved from Buckinghamshire with his wife Joyce to spend more time with his two grandsons and their family. In some ways Peter says he has moved back to Durham and back to his family roots because his family on his mother’s side hail from Hartlepool.

Having gained qualifications in Mechanical Engineering Peter worked for a number of Companies in various project engineering roles until he joined D.S.Smith Plc in 1986 a Paper and Packaging manufacturing company.

He held a number of management positions, where he helped DSS a UK based company with 30 manufacturing locations employing 2000 people to become a major European player operating in 35 Countries with over 25000 staff.

Peter held the position of CEO of the European Paper and Recycling divisions until he retired in 2016. During this time Peter chaired the UK Paper and Recycling trade body and represented the UK on the European trade organisation.

Peter has always been a keen sportsman having played cricket into his early forties, he then took up playing bowls achieving county and national honours. He also enjoys the odd round of golf. He now enjoys walking in upper Teesdale (God’s own Country).

He is looking forward to an active role in the A.T.D.C.

 Peter McGuinness
David Bailey

Secretary, Board of Trustees and Safeguarding Lead

Having obtained a degree in Applied Physics, Dave decided that he wished to pursue a career in Medical Physics, working at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford and the Medical Physics department at the North Middlesex Hospital in Edmonton, North London in the Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy department where he was eventually Principal Physicist.

After 22 years Dave left North Middlesex Hospital and worked in a company designing computer guided machinery - a multi-million-pound enterprise.

After 1 year there, Dave decided to move back into the Health Service and became the switchboard manager at Kings College Hospital in Camberwell progressing to manager of the Trust's whole telephone network - a group of 6 telephone exchanges and approximately 4000 telephones.

Having reached the grand old age of 60, Dave decided to retire and move to Co. Durham, initially to the beautiful village of Whorlton, but now resides in Mickleton. He joined in many community and church activities. For several years he was Chairman of the Whorlton Village Association; Church Warden at St. Mary's Church, Barnard Castle and School Governor at Green Lanes School. Prior to the pandemic, he assisted in the training of CPR and use of defibrillators in both the community and local schools. Dave is currently vice chairman of the Mickleton Village Hall Association and also a member of the Board of Directors for the Teesdale Village Halls Consortium. He is also a volunteer on top of being a trustee at Teesdale Day Clubs.

David Bailey
Annie Dolphin OBE

Treasurer, Board of Trustees

Annie and her husband have lived in Teesdale since 1999 when she moved to the area with her job. Her main career was 32 years in HM Revenue & Customs (formerly Inland Revenue) in various locations throughout the country where she was originally a Tax Inspector and in her final 15 years worked in a variety of roles at regional and national level. As Deputy Change Director she received the OBE in 2002 in recognition of services to the Inland Revenue.

Following retirement from the Civil Service in 2006 she worked part time as a development and recruitment consultant and was a Non-Executive Director on the County Durham (and later Darlington) PCT boards for almost 7 years until the PCTs were dissolved in March 2013.

More recently she was Lay Chair of NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group (DDES CCG) Governing Body for 3 years from its inception in August 2012. She continues to work part time under contract to NHS England as a panel hearing Chair, and sits on various committees/boards within the NHS. She is a trustee and Board member of County Durham Community Foundation; chairs the Active Durham partnership; is a volunteer reading helper at Evenwood Primary School; and is secretary/trustee of Winston Village Hall. She joined the ATDC Board of Trustees in March 2016.

In her 'spare' time she tries to keep her large garden and four greenhouses under control and grows a lot of fruit and vegetables.

Annie Dolphin

 Non Officer Trustees

Sue Bainbridge  Image awaited   Chris Davy  Image awaited  Dave Wilson
Sue Bainbridge Marion Hutchinson   Chris Davy Hazel Rayner Dave Wilson