Registered Charity no. 1160941

Board of Trustees

Shirley Donaldson
President
Since joining the 'Friends' in 1985 I have been totally committed to upholding their aims. I am passionate about the Friarage and appreciate the valuable work it does. I have been actively involved in all aspects of fundraising. I particularly welcome the opportunity to meet patients which is why I enjoy distributing presents to those unfortunate to be in hospital over Christmas. I have been responsible for the purchasing and wrapping of gifts for over 25 years. I am honoured to be President of the Friends and welcome the opportunity to continue to support the Friarage as my enthusiasm for our aims is undiminished.
Donna Jermyn
Chairman
I worked in the NHS from 1979 in a variety of clinical and managerial roles before taking early retirement in 2015. I started working in the Friarage Hospital as a radiographer in 1992, eventually becoming the Hospital Manager in 2011 until 2014. Although no longer employed by the NHS, I still support the ideal of high quality healthcare, delivered locally. After many years of observing their unstinting enthusiasm and commitment to raising funds to help improve the care and wellbeing of local patients and staff, I was delighted to join the Friends of the Friarage in 2014.
Upendra Somasundram
Co-Chairman
Upendra was born and educated in Ceylon and completed his medical training at the University of Ceylon in 1971. He moved to the UK in 1977, eventually joining the Friarage Hospital in 1985 as a Consultant Physician and Cardiologist. Upendra retired from the NHS in 2009. He joined the Friends of the Friarage in 2012 and became Chairman in 2013. An active member of the Rotary Club of Northallerton , he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship in 2018 for services to the community. Upendra is married with two grown up children and lives in Brompton.
Ian Sykes
Treasurer
Ian has lived in Northallerton for 32 years. He is married to Maureen and has 2 sons, Richard & Mark. Ian previously worked for Barclays Bank for 28 years and has spent the last 17 years as Postmaster in Bedale. He enjoys football, golf, and walking. A Committee member for 31 years and Treasurer for 23 of them.
Steve Lamb
Trustee
Steve joined the Friends over 20 years ago as assistant to our treasurer. He came to Northallerton from Scunthorpe with his work at the local Barclays branch, although he was born and brought up in York. From 2007 till 2013 Steve was Chairman of the Friends and during this time over £1 million pounds’ worth of equipment was funded by the Friends. For over 12 years Steve has been the regular Sunday morning volunteer in the shop selling newspapers, sandwiches and gifts to patients, staff and visitors. Why don’t you sign up to join him in this worthwhile and much valued service?
Anthony Walters
Trustee
I initially came to live and work in Northallerton in 1985, being a junior doctor at the Friarage Hospital. Having completed my training on the General Practice training scheme I became a GP in rural South Australia before returning to Northallerton in March 1989. I became a GP partner at the Mayford House Surgery in Northallerton from that date until my retirement in October 2016. For a number of years I was also a medical director of the Hambleton and Richmondshire Primary Care Trust. Both of our children were born at the Friarage, and we regard the hospital as an important local service and resource.
Lyn Proud
Trustee
Hi, I’m Lyn. I am married to John and have three children and 4 grandchildren. I live in Northallerton and worked at the Friarage Hospital for 21 years. My interests and hobbies include spending time with my grandchildren and supporting them in all their many and varied activities, cake decorating, genealogy and reading historical novels, particularly the Plantagenet and Tudor period. I am a member of Northallerton Rotary Club supporting its projects in Nepal. I joined the Board of Trustees for the Friends of the Friarage in October 2015 and am responsible for arranging Events and helping with Fund Raising.
Derrick Brearley
Trustee
Born 1955 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, I spent most of my working life in the Midlands before taking early retirement and relocating to Northallerton. My former careers include pharmaceuticals as a Medical Representative for CIBA-GEIGY a large multinational; visiting General Practitioners, hospital consultants, retail and hospital pharmacists. I have 15 years NHS experience as a registered Biomedical Scientist specialising in Haematology and Blood Transfusion. My interests include being a Member of the National Trust and attending Steam engine rallies. I was appointed a Trustee of The Friends in 2016 and I volunteer in the Hospital Shop.
Chris Baker
Vice Chairman
I have lived in the Northallerton area all my life. I enjoyed a long career in banking with Barclays Bank, taking early retirement in 2006. For the following six and a half years I worked at the Rural Payments Agency in Northallerton before retiring fully in 2013. I have been actively involved with the Friends of the Friarage since 1993, initially as a volunteer in the coffee shop in the old waiting area. I have been Secretary for the Hospital Shop committee for many years and became Vice-Chair of the charity in 2007.
Jim Dixon
Trustee
I have lived locally for 18 years and worked at the Friarage Hospital for 14 of those, seeing many changes to the organisation in that time. I maintain my connection with the Friarage by volunteering in the Friends Shop on a weekly basis. I am proud of the friendly, caring and efficient service our hospital provides for the local and wider community in North Yorkshire. I am concerned about any erosion of services at our local hospital and want to assist in preventing further losses and at the same time do all that is practicable to enhance current services and facilities through the assistance that the Friends of the Friarage can provide.
Denise Passman
Secretary
I have been Secretary of the Friends of the Friarage for 25 years going back to when the charity was named the League of Friends. I have worked with 6 Chairmen over these years and managed to get on with all of them. Prior to coming to work in the hospital I was, for several years, a housewife and mother and before then I worked within a family business and then moved on to ICI and employment for the Directorate.