Who We Are

Ponteland Community Partnership Committee



Alma Dunigan Chairman Campaign for the Protection of Rural England
Chris Brummitt V. Chairman Business
Shirley Hill Secretary Darras Hall Estate Committee
Heather Thomas Treasurer Friends of the Park



Mike Brown Ponteland Civic Society
George Clasper Resident
Pratima Mehra Resident
Nirmal Sehgal Ageing Well
Chris Winks Uniformed Services
Will Moses Business
Andrew Tucker Business
Frank Harrington Ponteland Lions, U3A

Co-opted Members


Alan Varley Ponteland Town Council
Christine Greenwell Ponteland Town Council
Police Representative
Faith Representaive


Community Actions & Aspirations
Youth Forum

Alma Dunigan
Initially came to Ponteland in the late 70’s to Northumberland Teacher Training College, located where the Police HQ is now. Later lectured at Newcastle College and became the Schools Liaison Manager helping young students across the region. Since then I have taken an active part in the community most recently with the Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Shirley Hill
I moved here from Hertfordshire in 1969, still live in the same house on Darras Hall and have two sons. I worked for Newcastle University Medical School in Communication Skills for 30 years until retirement. I am Honorary Secretary of the Ponteland Community Partnership, a member of the Darras Hall Estate Committee and a Patient Representative for Ponteland Medical Group.

Chris Brummitt
Christopher is a Chartered Architect his practice based in Ponteland, concentrates on social housing for Housing Associations like Isos Housing and commercial design.
Although Christopher is originally from Leeds, he has lived in Ponteland for 22 years. He started working for RN Mackellar and Partners in Newcastle in 1983 after qualifying from Dundee University where he met his wife. They have 2 children who attended the First, Middle and High schools. He is a keen cyclist and when he finds time will start watercolour painting again.

Heather Thomas
I came to Darras Hall in the 1960’s with my parents but worked away from the area returning in 2002 to Ponteland.  It is an area which I love and very much see as home.  I have worked in further education for most of my life and most recently as a Senior Manager in Adult Learning at Northumberland County Council.  I am now retired and I am a volunteer adviser for Citizens Advice. I am also the minute secretary for Friends of Ponteland Park.

George Clasper
Now retired but was a Master Decorator and worked in Ponteland in the 1960’s for Contract House.
I worked for The National Trust, Scottish and Newcastle Breweries and Lloyds Bank Group. I was also National President of the British Decorator’s Association.
I carried out work at Wallington Hall, Lindisfarne Castle, Alnwick Castle, Lumley Castle, The Waggon, Milbourne Hall and Ponteland Sports Centre amongst many others.
I have lived in Darras Hall for 26 years and witnessed many changes.

William Daglish Moses
A lifetime resident of the Newcastle area and a long time resident of Ponteland, Will is married with 2 grown up children. Educated at the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle and then Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh he returned to the area working for *Faulknerbrowns and then Jowett Buckley & Curry before becoming a Partner at Coulson Swinburne Moses and then establishing CSM+Architects. He is a Chartered Architect with over 35 years experience including work in Conservation Areas and on Listed Buildings. Other interests include horse racing, fell walking, classic cars and rugby, a veteran hooker who still plies his trade occasionally

Andrew Tucker  
Andrew has lived in Ponteland for over 11 years. He is married with children at the First and Middle Schools. He is a Chartered Surveyor and property Consultant. Through his business he has been involved with various commercial properties in Ponteland. This is in the capacity as agent where he has acquired and disposed of buildings. The business now manages some property in Ponteland and he used to manage the Broadway Parade on Darras Hall while working for the previous owner.

Frank Harrington. MBE
A former lecturer at Kirkley Hall, I served as a local Ponteland Councillor on the former Parish and Borough Councils. I was Chairman of the Parish Council, Chairman of Castle Morpeth Borough Council’s Development Control Committee for eleven years and Mayor of the Borough in 2000/2001. I have a wide knowledge of Ponteland. I represent the Lions Club on the PCP.

Mike Brown
I moved to Ponteland in 1987 and attend the Community Partnership as a link to Ponteland Civic Society, which seeks to maintain the character of Ponteland and to maintain and improve its infrastructure.  As a Partnership member I have also been heavily involved in its role in establishing the Callerton Lane playground and Skate Park and the youth building on the schools site.

Nirmal Sehgal
I have lived in Ponteland for 25 years with my husband and have 3 married sons and 6 grandchildren. I retired after nearly 30 years as the first Asian female Postmistress in the North East a Trustee of the Newcastle Hindu Temple and 3 Indian women’s groups trying to promote Unity and Diversity. I also support as a representative for Ponteland Medical Group and Ageing Well.

Pratima Mehra
I have lived in Ponteland since 1982 and have grown up enjoying the beauty of this area. I have been fortunate enough to work in Ponteland as a GP and have taken great pleasure in serving my community.  I now pass on the privilege of being an active member of the Ponteland community to my children who very much enjoy representing Ponteland in many activities including cricket. I feel immense pride in being part of a welcoming, friendly and inviting community which is Ponteland and long may it last!

Chris Winks
Chris is a retired Chartered Surveyor in 2012 and has lived in Ponteland since 1985. He graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic in 1976 and qualified in 1978 married to a Primary school teacher, with two grown up boys. One of Chris’s main interests is aviation and in particular old military aircraft. He served for over 16 years as a commissioned officer in the RAFVR(T) and was based at the Airport Squadron Air Training Corps and also spent time as Squadron Commander at Prudhoe Squadron ATC. He is also a member of the Ponteland Green Belt Group.