Former mayor joins Realise charity board

The former Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme will continue supporting local charities in her new role on Realise charity’s board.

Councillor Gill Heesom, who raised £18,500 for her chosen charities during her year in office, has joined the board of Realise charity following its 10th anniversary re-launch last summer. Gill will support the Staffordshire-based regeneration charity as it refocuses on new priorities and aims to increase the impact it has in the community.

Gill has nine years’ experience as a councillor, as well as 34 years working for the Territorial Army, during which she completed a six-month tour of Iraq as an army welfare officer. She stepped down as Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme earlier this year.

Gill said: “I was very pleased to be approached to be approached to join the board as I am most impressed with the Realise aspirations, actions and the commitment of the volunteers.

“The majority of my working and volunteer life has been within the local community and I’m glad to be able to continue.”

Will Nixon, Trustee of the Realise charity comments, “Gill has already contributed a tremendous amount to our communities in her role as councillor and mayor, and I’m delighted she’s joining Realise as we embark in a new direction with the charity.”

Cllr Gill Heesom’s new role at Realise charity follows the appointments earlier this year of Philippa Holland as Chair, Tina Holdcroft as Patron, and new Board Member Wendy Dean.