Who We Are

Ponteland Community Partnership Committee



Alma Dunigan Chairman Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
Frank Harrington V. Chairman Ponteland Lions, U3A
Shirley Hill Secretary Darras Hall Estate Committee
Heather Thomas Treasurer Friends of the Park



Mike Brown Ponteland Civic Society
Alan Varley Ponteland Town Council
Alan Hall Ponteland Town Council, Memorial Hall, Ponteland Community Trust
Robin Ramsay Memorial Hall, Ponteland Community Trust
George Clasper
Pratima Mehra
Nirmal Seghal
Chris Winks

Co-opted Members


Police Representative


Funding and Financial
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
Having moved up from Hertfordshire in 1969 I have lived in the same house in Darras Hall for 46 years. I have two sons, one a lawyer and the other an actor.
I have worked for Newcastle University Medical School in Communication Skills for 25 years. I am Honorary Secretary of the PCP, a member of the Darras Hall Estate Committee and Patient Representative for Ponteland Medical Group. I love living in Ponteland with its village environment and green spaces.

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.

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, Millbourne Hall and Ponteland Sports Centre amongst many others.
I have lived in Darras Hall for 26 years and witnessed many changes.

Robin Ramsay MBE
A Charted Engineer and has worked as a Project Manager and Consultant for 45 years home and abroad. He has been a member of the Parish Council and Town Council since 1979 and was Ponteland’s first mayor. He and his wife have lived in Ponteland since 1976 and currently have eight grandchildren.