Our Board of Trustees


Chairperson - Beth Hazon


Beth has over 14 years’ marketing and advertising experience and continues to work with and advise on a wide variety of global clients. Beth studied at the University of Arts, is a winner of IPA and Campaign's Women of Tomorrow Award, and was chosen as one of The Journal’s one-to-watch.


"The farm has introduced me to some of the most passionate and dedicated people I’ve had the privilege of meeting. It's an integral part of the region and I'm passionate about protecting its future so it can continue all of the great work".

Claire Davies

Claire Davies is Director of Sales at DoubleTree by Hilton Newcastle International Airport with over 10 years’ experience in sales, marketing & events. Upon graduating from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Criminology, Claire went on to work for a global marketing company in the UK & Australia before returning to the North East and accepting an operational role at Alnwick Castle & The Alnwick Garden.


In 2014 Claire began working within hotels focusing on corporate and events business and now oversees the commercial strategy for DoubleTree by Hilton which is part of the Cairn Hotel Group based in Newcastle.


Claire became a board member in November 2017 when she was approached due to her experience of working within a visitor attraction. She felt she could add value and offer advice around the overall visitor experience with particular focus on the café and the importance of gaining loyalty and repeat custom to ensure the farm survives.


Claire’s favourite thing about Ouseburn Farm is "the café and lovely home-made treats and produce visitors can experience after a walk round the farm".


Tina Snowball

Tina has 30 years' experience in commercial marketing and communications. As a consultant, she specialises in corporate reputation management, helping businesses effectively build and manage their reputation among a diverse range of stakeholders and audiences,


Tina most recently worked as Head of Communications for national social housing and care provider Home Group, and previously as Director of Communications for tourism body NewcastleGateshead Initiative.

"There are two reasons primarily for my involvement with Ouseburn Farm. The first is that it has a distinct social purpose and does fantastic work in delivering on this - it helps so many people to achieve new things, gain confidence, new skills, helps them realise their potential. The second is that I live very close to the farm and it's a significant asset for Ouseburn and the local community. I want to see it thrive and hope I might be able to help in some small way".


Brendan is Operations Director at Templeman Retailing & Vending Limited (TRV), a Gateshead based family business supplying the UK Vending and Foodservice sectors with drinks , snacks and confectionery as well as providing Vending services to a variety of sectors in the North of England and Scotland.   


Prior to joining TRV, Brendan spent 11 years with Parkdean Resorts, beginning in the Finance team and then progressing into the operational side of the business, spending over 5 years as Regional Director based on the South Coast.  


A qualified accountant, Brendan mixes financial experience, gained from 8 years with Newcastle accountancy practice UNW, with practical business operations acumen with extensive experience in sales.


I'm keen on working with the farm as it provides an invaluable resource to the community of Ouseburn, as well as all of the staff and placement teams. I took my children when they were younger and now take my very young granddaughter.  

Jo Thornton

Jo is Development Manager at the Great Exhibition of the North and was responsible for raising the public sector match. Fundraising was a key part of her previous job, Deputy CEO at Generator North East, a creative development agency and neighbour to Ouseburn Farm.


Jo has strengths in development combined with operations and project management experience - she enjoys working with a creative and committed team.

“My dad used to drink in the Ship and one of my earliest memories is visiting the farm. It is a small, enterprising organisation with a big heart and I feel fortunate to be involved in this exciting time of change.”


Rachel is Head Gardener with the National Trust at Cragside. Her lifelong career in horticulture has encompassed roles with the Royal Horticultural Society and Newcastle University as well as many years managing her own company. Rachel is passionate about how gardens and plants shape spaces, benefiting and enhancing the lives of those who visit and use them, in particular the value they bring to community spaces such as Ouseburn Farm.


"Ouseburn Farm is a great organisation and a brilliant place to visit. I'm proud to support it and to share my knowledge and experience in horticulture to contribute to its success".