Sandra Coulter, CEO
I was born in Basingstoke to Geordie parents and moved with them to Newcastle upon Tyne in 1981 where I have lived since. I graduated in 1999 with a degree in Sociology and began my working life with Procter & Gamble before moving to IBM. I became a mum in 2004 and launched my own business.
I founded Silverline Memories in 2013 and brought together my business skills and knowledge with my personal experience of caring for family members with Lewy Body Dementia and Huntington’s Disease. I knew first hand the lack of social opportunities available for people living with Dementia and support for family carers. It is my privilege to work with so many amazing families, and to be supported by a passionate and committed team of Trustees and Volunteers.
I am married with two children and step son and in my spare time I am studying for a Masters in Strategic Leadership at Newcastle University Business School. I enjoy reading, live music and theatre.
I was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne but live in Cramlington with my parents and brother. I became the Silverline Memories Admin Assistant in 2021. Before Silverline Memories, I went to Newcastle College where I studied Business Retail.
After I left college, I participated a course called Princes Trust. This course was for 12 weeks and covered career planning, planning for personal development, presentation skills, supporting people in the community and teamwork skills. During this course, I took part in a community project where I developed my teamwork, time management, listening and communication skills. I also completed a 2-week work placement at B&M where I gained customer service experience.
I am a member of Northern Freestyle Karate Association (NFKA), and I am currently a Blackbelt Cadet. I have been an active member for almost 10 years!
Bev Horton, Chair
Bev Horton is the Chair of Silverline Memories. She is 62 and married with one mad but gorgeous spaniel. Now retired but formerly a surveyor with 40 years of experience of all aspects of property management.
Bev met Sandra through work when Silverline Memories created a memory garden in Springwell. Bev’s family has been affected by Dementia/Alzheimers; her Dad is currently being cared for by her mum at home, her 93 year old Aunt is now in care and her mother in law sadly passed away just before Christmas.
David Coulter, Treasurer
I was born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne, where I live with my wife and our family. My career began at Northern Rock and I spent 17 years in the financial sector before moving to the Care Quality Commission in 2019.
I am a Business Intelligence Developer and began volunteering for Silverline Memories in 2018, utilising my skills in data analysis to redevelop the database.
I became the Treasurer in 2021 and have responsibility for the financial governance of the charity, recording and reporting on the finances to my colleagues on the Board of Trustees.
Several factors have motivated me to serve as a Trustee of Silverline Memories.
The most important is my personal experience with dementia and a desire to support what I believe is a vital service. I accompanied a very close relative through her dementia journey which spanned approximately 15 years. While appreciating that no two experiences are the same, I do think this has given me a good insight into the impact of dementia on the individual and their family, the challenging adjustments and transitions that must be negotiated and the often minimal input available from statutory services. Organisations such as Silverline provide an invaluable support to both the person with dementia and to their family network. For us, the most significant contribution was the opportunity to continue to enjoy social activities together when many of our previous options became unavailable or inaccessible.
My professional life in the higher education sector provides me with skills such as working on health and social care service developments, improvements and evaluations which I believe are transferable to supporting the organisation and development of Silverline Memories.
My name is Gill Dowey. I am a retired Assistant Headteacher of an Infant school. I am married with 2 grown up children. I am a carer for my husband.
I love music and the arts and am an enthusiastic member of Rock choir. We perform for charities and events across the north east. I am also a volunteer marshall at the vaccination centres.
I first became aware of Silverline when my mum was diagnosed with Alzheimers. They were a life line to me and so caring and respectful to my mum.
I will use the skills I have gained in my career and experience of dealing with all the agencies involved with Dementia, to support the charity as a Trustee.
Since leaving full-time education Ian’s work experience has centred around banking in the private sector. However, for the last 7 years he have worked in the public sector in a variety of Performance and Planning management based roles. During this time Ian has successfully completed a degree in Business Management (with Finance).
Having observed with interest the impressive activities and charitable work of Silverline Memories, Ian became a Trustee in 2021. Since joining the Board the tireless work, passion and commitment of the CEO, volunteers and other Trustees who make a difference to so many lives across the region, fills Ian with a true sense of pride and he considers it an honour to be associated with the charity.
I am Marion. I have had a rare form of dementia called PCA which affects my sight for the last 4 years.
I work part time for a finance company and have been with Silver Line Memories for around 4 years and have recently, and proudly, joined as a trustee.
Sandra has taken me under her wing and has been a great friend since we met and has really looked after me. I am very passionate to be part of the team.