Meet our Board

Steve Cram CBE

Retired track and Field athlete. Co-founded COCO and is currently Chancellor of Sunderland University. Steve has a high profile and uses it to support COCO in any way he can. He is also our Chairman and heads up the board of trustees.

Jim Panton

Co-founded COCO. Great deal of experience in the charity sector holding positions as CEO of Erskine and CEO of Poppy Scotland in addition to trusteeships. Jim was a Major in the British Army Air Corp.

Peter Warburton OBE

Director of sport at Durham University. Peter has experience of delivering sport and education programmes in Africa through Sport in Action Zambia.

Katherine Hay-Heddle

Partner at Ward Hadaway Solicitors in Newcastle upon Tyne specialising in corporate law.

Fiona O’Connor

Held leadership development roles across the North East and has an impressive network of contacts. Assists with business development at COCO.

Lisa Liddell

Communications professional with over 30 years’ experience who assists COCO with our strategic marketing and PR.

Carsten Staehr

CEO of an award winning Payroll Company based in the North East. Carsten is inherently altruistic and a strong ambassador for COCO and our values.

Christine Stobbs

Christine is a qualified Chartered Accountant and currently works as Finance Director at Wilton Universal Group.

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