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Board Members


Chair David W Bavaird local Businessman, Chair North Shields Chamber of Trade and Commerce
Secretary Nina Brown retired North Shields Primary School Headteacher
Treasurer David Hodgson local Accountant
Dorothy Brownlee Secretary FISH (Folks Interested in Shields Habour) RNLI fundraiser
Linda Kay local, semi retired Graphic Designer
Mike Halsey former Senior Officer North Tyneside Council with legal background
John Nolan self-employed Archaeologist (Northern Counties Archaeological Services)with professional experience working in the Low Lights area
Bill Tavernor Architect, semi retired lecturer Newcastle University
Sarah Tempest Creative Director with Sumo Design Company in Newcastle
David Young Recently retired Senior Procurement Manager


Meet the Staff

Pearl Saddington – Community, Heritage and Events Manager

Pearl has been with the Old Low Light team since 2014. Prior to taking up this role, Pearl was Assistant Director at Bede’s World Museum in Jarrow where she was part of the Wearmouth-Jarrow World Heritage Bid team. A strong advocate of co-production, she believes in heritage centres being neutral spaces that belong equally to everyone and as spaces to provoke debates on culture past, present and future. Before working in the heritage sector, Pearl worked in secondary education and regularly guest lectures at Newcastle University to under graduates and to students on the MA Heritage and Museum Course.

Guy Moody – Operations Manager

Guy has a background in museum operations. He managed English Heritage’s Hadrian’s Wall group, before joining our team in August 2016. Guy also was responsible for generating commercial revenue at the museum which included; venue hire, hospitality and events hire.

Alan Blair – Site Supervisor

Alan worked at the Custom’s House in South Shields for 20 years, before crossing the Tyne and joining the Old Low Light in the summer of 2016. Alan has extensive experience in hospitality management and catering.