Vice Chair of Trust Board
Hugh studied for a BSc at Wye College, University of London and a MSc at Reading University.
He is currently Principal Environmental Policy Officer at North Yorkshire County Council. He previously worked at Northumberland County Council, as a senior lecturer at the University of Sunderland and in environmental consultancy. Since 2012 he has been an independent member of the Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee and was acting chair in 2016/17. He was a trustee of the Tyne Rivers Trust from 2004 to 2018.
He was previously a parent governor and vice chair at Belsay school. He served as a parent governor at Ponteland High School before being appointed chair of governors in 2015. In February 2019 he was appointed as Vice Chair of Pele Trust.
He is married with three daughters who all attended Belsay, Richard Coates and Ponteland High School.