Meet the Conference Team

Alan McNab

Alan McNab:

Alan worked in human resources for two large County Councils and in education administration after graduating with a BA (Honours) degree in Public Administration.  Alan is a Darlington Borough Councillor, Vice Chair of a Secondary Academy and Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer for a Parish Council in Darlington.  Alan has been a school governor at primary and secondary schools for over 20 years.  Alan’s particular interests are railway heritage, education and employment opportunities for young people and adults.

Trish Pemberton - Chair of the Friends of the Stockton & Darlington Railway

Trish Pemberton:

Trish became a history and politics teacher after receiving her Masters from Cambridge University. She is a County Councillor for Shildon and Dene Valley and Durham County Council Cabinet Support member for Regeneration and Economic Development. Trish is the Shildon Town Council representative to “Locomotion”. Her particular interests are regeneration, heritage, health and opportunities for young people.

Niall Hammond - Vice Chair of the Friends

Niall Hammond:

Niall is an independent Heritage Consultant based in County Durham but working across the UK. He was formerly the County Archaeologist for Durham and the Senior Historic Buildings Advisor at the Ministry of Defence. He is a member of the Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for the North East and sits on the National Trust’s Regional Advisory Board and National Archaeology Panel. He is a passionate believer in the value of heritage to the quality of people’s lives, the economy and making the region special and distinctive.

John Wilson

John Wilson:

John is our webmaster and IT consultant. He is one of only about 30 people world wide to be awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for presentation software. Every year since 2007 he has been one of the organisers of the prestigious Presentation Summit Conference in a variety of cities in the USA including Phoenix, San Diego, Atlanta and Austin.