Alex Giles

What is your role with FoHB?

I’m the founding Chair.

Why have you become involved with the charity?

My interest in the Friends of High Borrans is to ensure that the centre is always used to it’s maximum potential for children of all ages. Having been a School Governor for over eight years I know that the centre is run by staff who are highly skilled and motivated. Time after time I see children leaving after their trip with sheer joy and enthusiasm.

Alex with two of his Gateshead Harriers Javelin throwers

Alex with two of his Gateshead Harriers Javelin throwers

What skills do you bring to the Friends?

I oversee the business development and financial side of the charity, ensuring enough funds are raised to achieve our objectives.

This includes supporting the Young Leaders, Mentors and Ambassadors who take part in the annual Young Leader Award programme with such enthusiasm, as well as raising the monies to also send the primary school children, who have never visited the Centre, to High Borrans for a weekend in July.

How long have you been involved with High Borrans?

I’ve been involved, by being a School Governor, a parent and a lover of the Lake District, with High Borrans OEC for 18 years.

What has been your most memorable experience at High Borrans?

I have two! The first is when back in my home town of Tynemouth I attended the annual ‘leavers assembly’ and listened to the children who, in the majority, tell the school that their weekend at High Borrans was the best experience of their lives.

The other is when on my monthly visits to the centre I enjoy all aspects of High Borrans, including falling into the tarn from a Canadian canoe and enjoying the stunning surrounding scenery.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I’m the Managing Director of the Lateral Advertising Agency and am also a School Governor in North Tyneside, however my main hobby is as a Javelin and Shot Putt coach at Gateshead Harriers.