The majority of MHF’s Trustees live in the North East. They meet three times a year, usually in February, May and November. The part-time Trust Manager is based in Newcastle.

The Trustees seek to use the Foundation’s resources to help build a better society, one more equal and less divided. Their emphasis is on tackling the causes of poverty and other social ills rather than alleviating the symptoms, and on doing so where possible by empowering the most disadvantaged, in the first instance in the Foundation’s own home conurbation and region.

The Trustees may be involved in various capacities in other organisations in the North East. A register of interests and procedures for declarations of interest at meetings have been adopted.


Rhiannon Bearne (Chair)
Lyn Cole
Peter Deans
David Handyside
Mike Hill
Toby Lowe
Laura Seebohm

Trust Manager

Cullagh Warnock