The Trustees

James Turner
Joint Chair

James runs a social research consultancy and has many years of experience working at a senior level with voluntary sector and public sector organisations.  James’s daughter has an ASD diagnosis and she attended sessions at the Toby Henderson Trust for many years and his son still regularly attends our Sibling Superstars group.  He has been a Trustee since 2014 and our joint Chair since 2018.


Rachel Hodgson
Joint Chair

Rachel is a marketing, PR and communications specialist with experience in the public, private, and charitable sectors. Rachel holds an MScDip in The Evolution of Language and Cognition with a key focus on child language acquisition and speech and language impairments. Rachel has been with the Trust since 2016 and joint-chair since 2019

David Hope

I have had the pleasure of over 15 years experience working closely with The Toby Henderson Trust ever since my youngest boy Will started to attend the Friday afternoon sessions at the old site . I’ve been a trustee for the last 5 years with my goal to give something back to Lesley and the amazing team and help in any small way I could.  Work-wise I am Divisional Managing Director at SIG PLC a market leading distributor of Construction materials. I hope that my experience of over 20 years running businesses in the construction industry adds value to the TTHT trustees as we work together to deliver a sustainable future for all concerned. 

Scot McHarg

Prior to moving into recruitment in 2007 Scot had over 20 years of accounting experience within a variety of plc organisations in the banking, leisure and automotive sectors. During this time he has had considerable board level exposure and has gained a great insight into organisational behaviour and strategy during periods of start up, change & development and acquisition & disposal.  Outside of work Scot enjoys many aspects of voluntary work much of which has focused on working with children and young adults – from football coaching to providing interview skills and employability training advice within North Tyneside schools and more recently with the Newcastle United Foundation.

Kevin Guthrie

Following a successful banking career Kevin established his own financial advisory firm in 2007 providing his clients with a personalised service covering all aspects of Wealth Management.  

Kevin supports a number of local charities. He is a keen golfer and enjoys spending time with his three children.