Our people

How we’re run

We are governed by a Board of Trustees which has overall responsibility of our conduct and management as a charity. They set the long term strategic direction that enables us to work towards achieving our vision. You can find out more about our trustees here:

Day-to-day management and operations are delegated to an Executive Team, which is led by our Chief Executive. You can find out more about our Executive Team here:

Carole is an experienced executive and a qualified teacher. She took up her post at the Foundation seven years ago after spending most of her career in the NHS, most recently as Director of Community Services for Durham and Darlington Community Health Service.

Originally from Sunderland, Carole’s career has included work as a health promotion officer, director posts covering quality and service delivery, primary care and GP commissioning.

She has an MBA and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Through her work she has experienced both operational management and organisational development whilst maintaining a focus of the needs of the people who use the services.

Tara Allen / Director of Support Services and Business Transformation / t.allen@percyhedley.org.uk

Tara Allen / Director of Support Services and Business Transformation / t.allen@percyhedley.org.uk

Tara joined in January 2017 as Director of Support Services and Business Transformation.  Her remit covers Estates, Fleet, Cleaning, Catering, Health and Safety, Human Resources, IT, Project Management and Quality Assurance across the Foundation.

She started her career as an apprentice, progressing through AAT and CIMA qualifications to become a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.  Over her career, she expanded to both operational and wider support services roles as her main focus is to drive organisation improvements and make a difference in business.  She has worked in a variety of industries and companies from a small family owned business, to a national charity, to worldwide manufacturing and service organisations.  She has a passion for people being the best they can be.

Tara lives in Gateshead with her husband and son where she enjoys family time, cooking and escaping in films and books.

We employ over 800 staff to ensure our service users receive the best care and support every day.