About charity trustees

Trustees are the people who lead the Charity and decide how it is run. Being a Trustee means making decisions that will impact on people’s lives and making a difference to your local community.

Trustees use their skills and experience to support their Charities, helping them achieve their aims. Trustees also often learn new skills during their time on the board.

Their 6 main duties are:

- Ensure your Charity is carrying out its purposes for the benefit of the public

- Comply with your Charities Governing document and the Law

- Act in your Charitie's best interest

- Manage your Charities resources responsibly

- Act with responable care and skill

- Ensure your Charity is accountable

Cleveland Fire Support Network have 7 Trustees:

Simon Wall


Lynn Ford - Lynn is a great supporter of the Cleveland Fire Support Network; being involved since 2007 as a volunteer, before moving onto the Board of Trustees in 2012.  Lynn has raised in excess of £8 000 for the Charity.  After writing a poetry book in memory of her son Andrew who at the age of 22 years died tragically in a house fire caused by a chip pan fire.


Shamal Biswas - Shamal is a Local Councillor for the Acklam Ward of Middlesbrough.  He is a successful  business man who has been involved in the restaurant trade for over 30 years.  Shamal is a strong believer in humanity, giving unprecedented love and care to others whilst expecting nothing in return. He is happiest when he is able to help others and has been a fantastic support to the Network for years.



Iain Kay - Chair 

Iain Kay is a founder member of Riverside Consulting CIC and has been involved in community and economic development and a range of social policy areas for some 25 years. His first role was working in HR for an enterprise agency before moving on to develop an interest in supporting opportunities for social enterprises. 


Ian Dodds - In terms of my professional life - I recently took retirement from the Cabinet Office after a career in the Civil Service. I have worked to support the voluntary & community sector across a range of programmes including neighbourhood renewal and European funding programmes. I am still very passionate about the role of the voluntary sector and volunteers with a number of organisations across the North East.

 My likes outside my professional work include gardening, travel, dancing - ballroom, latin, Jive and collecting pewter miniatures.

Eddie Buck

Eddie Buck, BA (Hons); FCIPD

Managing Director SHR International Ltd., Yarm, U.K.


HR Strategy; Policies and related Employment Legislation; Contracts of employment & HR documentation; Performance Management systems; Remuneration & Benefits; Payroll; Leadership/Management Learning & Development; Soft Skills Training; Organisational Development; Workforce Planning; Tribunals; Employee Relations; Employee Engagement; HR implementation; HR Projects; Safeguarding; Health & Safety policies and documentation and Health & Safety Training facilitation.


HR Consultant (B2B services, Dubai; B2B services UK, nationally)

HR Director (Hospitality Company) Dubai

Regional Director People & Culture (Professional Services company), Dubai

Global HR Manager (Aviation company), Doha, Qatar.

HR Consultant (Professional Services/Union), London, UK

Accountant, UK (Self-employed).


Cllr. Stephen Thomas


Member of Adult and Community Based Services Committee, Finance & Policy Committee, Health and Wellbeing Board and Health and Wellbeing Board (Outbreak Engagement Working Group)

Mental Health Champion

Member of North and Coastal Community Forum