Katie Bates I have lived within walking distance of Ouseburn for over ten years and have worked here since 2014. During this time, I have developed a passion for the area and a deep appreciation of all its vital aspects - its outdoor spaces, community, and history. I have had the pleasure of connecting with many of the businesses and organisations during my work in Ouseburn and for a long time, I have wanted to make a bigger impact and contribute to what is, in my opinion, the most interesting and varied area in the North East.Through management work and as a self-employed events coordinator I have gained experience in building relationships, developing and implementing policies, event planning, and developing budgets and fundraising. I am most interested in Ouseburn Valley’s natural environment and outdoor activities, its community, its varied organisations, and accessibility and inclusion within the area. I have great admiration of Ouseburn Trust’s work, and I am excited to offer my skills and perspective as a trustee.