Meet Us

Mike Clark (Chair)

Mike currently works as Development Director at Dysart Developments Ltd, and is responsible for identifying development opportunities, joint ventures and establishing development partnerships for Dysart and its group companies.

Mike is a former local authority CEO, and has chaired a number of other Boards including Thirteen Housing Group and Future Energy Supply.

Professor John Mawson

Professor John Mawson is Director of the Institute for Local Governance which is a North East research and knowledge transfer partnership between the region’s 5 Universities, 12 Unitary Councils and other key public bodies including ONE North East, the Strategic Health, Police and Fire Authorities.


Monica Burns (Adviser)

Monica has been the External Affairs Manager in the North East and Cumbria for the National Housing Federation for the last 10 years. This position involves promoting the work of Housing Associations both regionally and nationally and ensuring that emerging policy represents the issues in the North East

Prior to this, Monica worked as a Rural Enabler working with local communities, Local Authorities and Government to ensure rural development to create sustainable communities. Monica was involved in establishing one of the first Community Development Trusts and led on their housing scheme.

Monica has also worked for a number of local authorities in senior management including Lewishan, Lambeth, Kirkless and Edinburgh. During this time, Monica managed area offices delivering a wide range and housing management and development to various estates.


David Jackson

David has over 25 years of experiences starting and growing businesses, a seasoned sales professional with an outstanding record in generating sales, opening up new markets and sectors, and building effective strategic partnership beneficial to all practises.




Caroline Moore

Caroline Moore is People Director for SAGE UK& Ireland. Sage have almost 2,800 colleagues across the UK and 13,000 globally in 23 locations. Caroline has over 15 years Generalist HR experience across predominately Tech and Financial Services sectors. In her current role at Sage, she is accountable for the development and delivery of the people strategy across the UK & Ireland.


James Armstrong

James Armstrong is an Associate in the Real Estate Team at Muckle. James has extensive experience advising variety of charitable bodies on all aspects or real estate law, including the disposal and acquisition of property and leasehold premises.

James is also a trustee/director of a substantial local arts festivals charity which operates across the entire North East. Its an experience that gives him a real insight into the challenges facing those working in the sector.


Paul Irwin (Adviser)

Paul is the Director of TryLife, an online interactive film series aimed at educating young people about life choices and the consequences of their actions. If you remember the old choice-based aventure books, you will love TryLife.



Paul has personally experienced homelessness in his youth. His journey from centre user to youth worker to work within the media and the BBC is his motivation when engaging with young people.

Paul has won innovation awards in business, social care, health care, and youth work. He was shortlisted for outstanding contribution to youth work. TryLife won Pitch at the Palace 2017 and are currently working on three projects in the USA as well as developing and interactive domestic violence and grooming episode in Leeds.

Sharon Brown, Director

Sharon has spent over 25 years working across the youth policy and youth homelessness agendas with local authorities, the Third Sector and importantly, young people. She is Chair of the North East Homelessness Think Tank, and a member of the North East Child Poverty Commission.



Victoria Clark, Administrator

Victoria joined YHNE in October 2017. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in all voluntary sector governance and fundraising having worked in the sector for a long time.

Victoria will help YHNE networking with the funding sector. Her previous experience managing grant giving schemes will be very useful for what funders want and expect from YHNE.

“This is the first time for me working for a regional charity so it will be a challenge but I’m really excited to be part of such an important organisation in the fight against homelessness in the North East.”

Picture Neil WilkinsonNeil Wilkinson, Software Engineer

Neil Wilkinson is a highly experienced software engineer specialising in native Android and iOS app development. He has developed more than 20 apps, many featured by Google and Apple, as well as an App Store #1. Neil has worked for BT, Calrec Audio, and TopHatch. He was originally introduced to Youth Homeless North East through Sage and has continued working with us as his career moved to freelancing.

Kieran Cutting, Doctoral Researcher

Kieran is a Doctoral Researcher at Open Lab, Newcastle University and oversees more experimental projects for us, particularly those that use digital technologies.

Since February 2018, Kieran has been designing and developing a digital peer support system for young people with experience of homelessness.


Zinnia, Youth Champion

Zinnia is 24 and lives in Sunderland. She’s a painter and decorator for the North East Autism Society.
“I find it is important for young people to have a voice.  I want to help young people and show them that no matter what, you can achieve your goals and dreams. Please take 5 minutes to read my story: Zinnia’s Story. It will help you understand why helping people like me is so important.”


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