Andrew Buckley Chair of Board of Trustees since 2019 Expand My love affair with the Valley began in 1999 when I first moved to the North East. I lived on the Quayside and used to walk to work in South Gosforth, following the path of the Ouseburn. As a volunteer at the Trust, I am a Victoria Tunnel guide and have also been working with the Heritage Officer to develop, pilot and deliver a new above-ground walk – Back to the Future – which focuses on both the heritage and regeneration of the Lower Ouseburn Valley. I have been impressed with the range of the Trust's work and the role it plays in Ouseburn Valley and I am keen to extend my involvement and use my skills and experience to help its work as a Trustee and as Chair of its Board of Trustees. I bring a strong interest in industrial history and a genuine passion for the Valley, combined with a business career which has spanned 35 years. My background is in marketing and communications, sales and business development and, latterly, general management. Most recently, as Chief Executive of RTC North, I have been involved in bidding for, securing and delivering a number of large-scale business support programmes, funded by the European Union, Department for Communities and Local Government and Innovate UK.