Who's Who on the NCA committee

See the table and links below to identify who to contact, or email EnquiriesNCA@gmail.com 

Heather, Gilbert and Sue are ex-officio members respectively as President, Secretaty and Treasurer. The Northumbrian Cambridge Association (NCA) Executive Committee has at least five, and up to seven, further non ex-officio members.

We are currently open to adding two further non ex-officio members, as per the NCA constitution.

All NCA Committee members:

NCA President Bill Telford with 2018 Freshers
  • Attend five committee meetings per year (January, March, May, September, November)
    and provide support, advice, ideas, and access to their networks. 

  • Organise one NCA event per year, and research and propose events and activities:
    • Determine costs and feasibility.
    • Check out venue in advance, where appropriate.
    • Be present for the event to ensure its smooth running.
    • Events each year are currently: Winter Outing, Annual Dinner, Spring Outing, Spring Walk, Summer Outing,
      Freshers’ Welcome, Autumn Concert, AGM & Annual Lecture, Freshers’ Reunion, Christmas Lunch,
      Festive Afternoon Tea & Film
  • Attend NCA events, where it is possible (especially Annual Dinner and AGM & Annual Lecture):
    • Provide a supporting advisory role.
    • Be visible to and supportive of the Membership.
    • Assure a welcome for participants on arrival at each organised event (especially new members)
  • Act as a liaison between the Membership and the Committee (transmitting ideas, complaints or suggestions).

Updated November 2021

 Committee Member Contact Information 

Prof. Heather Cordell

46 Dene Garth
NE42 6AP

01661 832788

07752 640683


Em.Prof. Gilbert Cockton
(St. John's)

1 Osborne Gardens
Whitley Bay
NE26 3PG

0191 2533079


Sue Austin

116 Queens Road
Whitley Bay
NE26 3AU

0191 253 1269


Mr Vinny Holden



Dr. Peter Cleland 

45 Montagu Ave
Newcastle upon Tyne



Mr Colin Dunnighan




Ian Lawley

Newsletter Editor

Fairways, Westfield Lane, Ryton, NE40 3QE 

 0191 6824505


Joanna Quinton

 Grange Cottage, off Broadway West, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 2NJ

 0191 2854917


Andrew Young

Dartford House,
1 Maude St.
Darlington, DL3 7PW.

01325258483 07901885234


Duties of Office Bearers


Updated November 2021

  • Chairing executive committee meetings, Annual Dinner & AGM.

  • Maintaining the NCA Constitution.

  • Arranging for the appointment of committee members.

  • Arranging the Annual Lecture speaker.

  • Superintending the annual programme of events & activities.

  • Liaising with the Secretary on:

    • the agenda for, and business of, the committee, including theAGM
    • the twice-yearly newsletter
    • the winter and summer mailings
    • posting (email, post) of the event flyers
    • emailing event reminders
  • Liaising with the Membership Secretary on important or relevant membership issues.

  • Liaising with the Treasurer (and Auditor) on important or relevant financial issues.

Honorary Secretary

Updated November 2021

  • Liaising with the membership via email and post on NCA matters.

  • Taking the minutes at committee meetings and the AGM.

  • Circulating the agenda, minutes and accompanying documentation for committee meetings.

  • Handling matters arising from committee meetings.

  • Liaising with NCA committee members on:

    • Agenda and documentation for committee meetings
    • Arrangements for NCA events and activities
  • Liaising with the President on the:

    • the agenda for, and business of, the committee, including the AGM
    • the twice-yearly newsletter
    • the winter and summer mailings
    • posting (email, post) of the event flyers
    • emailing event reminders
  • Liaising with the Membership Secretary on:

    • Membership List.
    • New members.
    • Renewal of subscriptions.
    • Other relevant membership business.
  • Liaising with the Treasurer on relevant financial issues and group insurance.

  • Liaison with Cambridge University Alumni Relations (CUDAR) on NCA Events.

  • Managing Events.

    • Receiving details from event organisers for the flyer.
    • Drawing up the final form of the flyer.
    • Producing a guest list for events and sharing this with the committee and organisers.
  • Sending out (post, email) the Mailings.

    • Agenda for and business of the Committee.
    • Posting of Winter (January) and Summer (July) Mailings.
    • Posting (email, post) of twice-yearly Newsletters (January, July).
    • Posting (email, post) of event flyers.
    • Posting (email) of event reminders.

Membership Secretary

Updated November 2019

  • Liaising with the Membership on Membership matters.

    • Giving notice of Membership Subscription renewal.

  • Reporting to Committee on Membership matters.

  • Maintenance of the Membership List.

    • Updating of members’ address details and status.
    • Sharing of membership changes (new members, deaths, updating of address details, etc.)
      with Treasurer, President and Secretary.
  • Recruitment.

    • New Members.
    • Liaison with Cambridge University Alumni Relations on Membership or Recruitment matters.

Honorary Treasurer

Updated November 2021

  • Managing the financial affairs of the NCA as follows:

  • Checking, paying into and managing the NCA’s bank account.

  • Liaising with the Membership on financial matters.

  • Reporting to the Committee on financial matters.

  • Collection, accounting and tracking of Membership Subscriptions.

  • Receiving booking forms, menu choices (where relevant) and payments from members for events and activities.

  • Production of Annual Statement of Accounts for the AGM.

  • Liaison with the President, Secretary and Auditor on financial matters.

  • Sharing changes to the Membership List with the Membership Secretary, President and Secretary.

  • Liaison with the Membership Secretary with regard to annual subscriptions.

Honorary Auditor

Updated November 2019

  • Auditing the Annual Statement of Accounts prepared by the Treasurer.

    • Annually reviewing the balance sheet, profit and loss.
    • Verifying the cash reserves to the bank statements.
  • Liaising with the Treasurer and President.

Website Manager

Updated November 2019

  • Managing the NCA websites: www.northumbrian-cambridge.co.uk
    and www.alumni.cam.ac.uk/get-involved/find-a-group/northumbrian-cambridge-association

    • Re-registering the NCA domain annually (with Yola).
    • Renewing the NCA account annually (with Yola).
  • Updating the NCA websites with:

    • Information about the Association
    • Committee information.
    • Events and activities,
    • Photographs.
  • Reporting to the Committee on website matters.

  • Liaising with Cambridge University Alumni Relations (CUDAR).