Inspiring landscapes

Inspiring landscapes

Inspiring people

Inspiring people

Our Members

NULAG has drawn its membership from across the Uplands to ensure that there is a strong representation from local people who can influence the success of the LEADER Approach.

The Local Action Group has an agreed constitution, which includes a statement of culture and values; it is used to ensure consistent good practice and to ask members to work in a manner of mutual respect.

Our Members

Alistair Cochrane

Alistair Cochrane

Originally from Alnwick, Alistair has lived in Northumberland for all of his life and has worked as a Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor in the county for over 25 years.   He is a Partner in the Property Consultancy Firm, Strutt & Parker, and lives near Wooler.   He has a good understanding of rural business and environmental issues, agriculture and forestry, together with a strong personal interest in the region’s culture and heritage.   He is a committee member and former chairman of the North East branch of The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and is passionate about maintaining and enhancing the socio-economic health of the Northumberland uplands.

Anne Lowrie

Anne Lowrie

Anne has lived and worked in Northumberland for the past 40 years, as a smallholder, science teacher and community development worker. She has a keen interest in rural development and gained an M.Sc. in Rural Resource and Countryside Management from Newcastle University while working for the Countryside Agency in 2001. Now retired, she started a local village newsletter which she has chaired for the past 6 years and is involved in rights of way, planting and managing woodland, a walking group and until recently was a parish councillor. Anne was a member of NULAg throughout the last round of LEADER (2008-13) and is committed to ensuring community involvement in this round. Anne has experience of the community sector, regeneration, partnership working and forestry. 

Pat Beaumont

Pat Beaumont

Originally from Newcastle, Pat has lived and worked in Northumberland for over 10 yers. As an HR and Organisation Development Consultant, she understands very well the challenges facing businesses of all sizes in the County. She is an active member of the rural community, being involved with both Whittingham and Glendale Agricultural shows. Returning to the LEADER Action Group, she hopes the new funding programme will make a real impact for rural businesses.

Terry Carroll - chair

Terry Carroll - chair

Terry has professional qualifications in town and country planning and rural resources management. He worked for the Northumberland National Park Authority for some 25 years where he became the deputy chief officer. He subsequently operated as a  freelance consultant in the field of rural development and as a research fellow at the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University. He has extensive practical experience of rural palnning and land use, environmental conservation, rural micro-businesses and renewable energy and also of the government institutions, policies and programmes that impact upon these sectors. He has carried out numerous consultancy assignments in these fields at local, national and international level.

Terry is a director and board member of the Vindolanda Trust.

Andy Dean

Andy Dean

Andy has worked in rural Northumberland for over 20 years leading services and delivering a wide range of projects.  As the chief executive at Community Action Northumberland, Andy is passionate about the needs and opportunities facing rural communities and businesses.  Andy said: “The connection between people and their environment is palpable in Northumberland and the spirit of enterpriseand self-help is strong.  There is a genuine passion coursing through Northumberland, not only to protect what is valued, but to capitalise on strengths, innovate and create truly sustainable communities.  That is exactly what Leader is about.”



Tom Johnston

Tom Johnston

Tom moved to rural North northumberland in 1986 and worked in many diferent roles before becoming a founder trustee for the Glendale Gateway trust. Outside of working life Tom is a volunteer crew member for the Tall Ships Youth trust. Tom said, "I was keen to become involved with the LAG as I feel I have learned so much about rural living in the past 15 years. The theme I am particularly interested in is 'Provision of Rural Services' - my work with the Glendale Gateway trust has been all about connecting services to ensure they are sustainable and accessibile in the long term".

Louise Kirkwood

Louise Kirkwood

Louise has lived in Northumberland for over 15 years. She is a Parish Councillor and an active meber of several local community-run organisations. Louise said "I am keen to support the LAG because I feel it is important to help local groups and businesses make the best use of available resources in order to keep rural Northumberland very much alive socially and economically through challenging times".

Mike Murray

Mike Murray

Although Mike was born and brought up in Northumberland, he spent 15 years running Development Programmes in Africa, which included various small grant schemes focused on improving infrastructure. Mike believes that sustainable development in the Northumberland Uplands is community-based and inclusive, requiring a collaboration of the public and private sectors.

Barbara Sexon

Barbara Sexon

Barbara is a mechanical engineer who specialised in renewable energy systems. She has lived in the Coquet Valley for 25 years and in that time has been involved in a number of community organisations. Barbara believes that for local communities to thrive, active support of the region's small businesses and varied culture and heritage activities is essential

Dagmar Winter

Dagmar Winter

 Dagmar Winter is passionate about rural life in Northumberland. For nine years she was the Rural Affairs Officer for the Diocese of Newcastle which included some time chairing NULAG. Now Rector of Hexham, enriched by a "hub" and market town perspective, she retains her interest in rural Northumberland.

NULAG uses a bottom-up community led approach to deliver funds from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). RDPE is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union. NULAG is supported by Northumberland County Council as Accountable Body and by Northumberland National Park Authority

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