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Our Trustees

Sarah Grey 

Founding Chair since 2007 with only a short break. Sarah has a degree and masters in Community and Youth Work from Durham University, a Level five diploma in Management from the Chartered Management Institute and is an experienced bid writer. Sarah has worked in Easington, Sunderland, Newcastle, Durham and Darlington in a range of statutory and voluntary sector organisations. She is currently working as a Business Development Coordinator for the 700 Club housing charity in Darlington. In 2011 Sarah was joint North East Trustee of the Year awards winner.

Angus Alsop

Angus is a Chartered Engineer providing Projects and Operations Management Services primarily to the Oil & Gas and Renewables industries. He has over 30 years experience both overseas and in the UK, an MBA, and a financial acumen to support his management service. In his spare time Angus enjoys the outdoors and triathlon sports. 

Steve Grey

Steve is the Den’s volunteer Director of Operations. The Activity Den is Steve’s brainchild that he set up when he retired from British Gas. He did his level 3 in Youth Work in the 1990s and worked in a number of roles including Field Worker for North Durham Youth Service. He coordinated Stanley Woodcraft Folk for 15 years. Steve has a certificate in management, is trained in health and safety and was a Shop Steward for many years. Steve's previous roles at The Den include liaising with architects, surveyors and building contractors, writing funding applications and business planning. He was runner up volunteer of the year for the North East VCS Awards in 2009 and has raised over £1million for The Activity Den. 

Katherine Metcalfe

Katherine is an experienced HR professional who has worked in public sector for many years roles gaining a broad range of experience. Her current portfolio and experience includes human resources, organisational development, health and wellbeing, workforce planning and most recently apprenticeships. Her qualifications include a BA (hons) in Human Resource Management, chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and CIPD level 7 Diploma in Human Resource Management. Katherine is currently Director of People and Organisational Development for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service. 

Keiran Frame

Keiran joined the Board in August 2023. A local Tanfield Lea lad, he went to Tanfield Lea Comprehensive School and joined The Activity Den as a young volunteer.  Keiran’s specialisms lie in special effects and pyrotechnics for large scale productions and music acts. He cut his teeth at Purple Productions in Newcastle then set up his own event production business, KJF Effects in 2023. He has supported musicians such as Sam Fender, Metalica, Gloria Gaynor and Girls Aloud at their recent tours. The Den holds a special place in Keiran’s heart and he is already making a contribution to Den life where his heart lies in improving the lives of children and young people.