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Frances Connolly CEO

Frances was born in N Ireland, the eldest of six and, despite coming from a less than privileged background, has been involved in charity work since her primary school days. Both her parents and teachers instilled in her a strong work ethic and a desire to help whenever and wherever possible. When she left Queens University and moved to Hartlepool she carried this with her, and views the opportunity to support and assist her adopted home on a larger scale as a privilege. She is thoroughly enjoying taking a full and active role in helping the community. 


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Shaun Hope  Chairman 

Shaun is Chairman of the Trust and is the Assistant Principal at Hartlepool College of Further Education. Having lived in the town for the majority of his life, Shaun is passionate about creating better opportunities for local people.

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Sally Ann Dunne  Secretary 

Born in Hartlepool, Sally is Secretary of the Trust. She has lived most of her life in the town and worked in the fire service for 30 years before changing careers to become a tutor. A huge animal lover, she also volunteers with animal charities and lives in the town with her husband and two cats.

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Carl Jorgeson  Trustee 

Carl was born in Hartlepool and has dedicated his entire adult life to founding and managing Hartlepool Wadokai Karate Club. The club has over 300 students and supports people to compete and represent the town all over the world.

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Joe Dunne  Treasurer, Health & Safety / Quality Assurance 

Joe was born in central Middlesbrough and lived there until he married into Hartlepool. Initially training as an instrument artificer he joined the Fire Brigade in 1986 where he worked for 32 years before retiring. He now works in Health & Safety and is thrilled to be part of The PFC Trust.

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Fiona Connolly  Trustee 

Fiona was born and has lived in Hartlepool all her life and shares her mother’s desire to do as much good as she can in the North East. She is committed to the Trust's ethos of helping people to help themselves and is enjoying meeting the people who work in the projects. 

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Dianna Russell  Trustee

Dianna has lived in Hartlepool for over 30 years. Following a career in the NHS since the 1970s as both a nurse and in medical education, she has recently retired. An adventurer at heart, she has four grown up sons and lives with her husband and dog Charlie.

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Kelly Daley  Trustee

Kelly is Chair of the Hartlepool Sport CIC and has worked within education and sport since college.  Having lived in the town since birth and having played football to a high standard from an early age, Kelly is passionate about building a strong foundation for all generations to access sustainable sporting activity.  With the vision to boost self-development for all involved, minimising barriers and boosting a wealth of opportunity along the way, and providing the much needed recognition for Hartlepool as a town.

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George Stannard  Trustee

Originally from North London, followed a career in insurance and became a Company Director of a large insurance broker. Moved to South Lakes in 1987 initially as a Regional Underwriter for a Lloyds Syndicate and finally a Business Development Consultant at Lancaster & Morecambe College.


George  was a founder and Chairman of a football club,  secretary of the largest open Art Exhibition in North West England for four years and a Director of a Residential Care Home. Moved to Hartlepool in 2018 and was pleased to become a trustee of the Gus Robinson Foundation and more recently the PFC Trust.

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“I have dealt with a lot of Trusts and foundations over the years who do commendable work, but in terms of The PFC Trust, they are very fast, very efficient but most of all very accommodating. If they can help you, they certainly will”


Peter Gowland, HartlePower

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