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Anne Howes

Originally from Stirling, Scotland, Anne's family moved to Chester-le-Street in 1969. In 1981, she joined the Metropolitan Police and was posted to Bow Street Police Station where she spent 5 years policing the West End of London.

In 1986 Anne was transferred to Barkingside Police Station in Essex where she gained experience of dealing with many cases of domestic and child abuse. This became an area of interest to her and has remained as such.

Anne left the Met Police in 1988 to start a family and in 1990 relocated to Chester-le-Street. In 1998, Anne returned to work in the Child Protection Team at Gateshead Council. While working there she was offered the role of Personal Assistant to the Director of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, where she spent the next 6 years. This was a complete change of role, but one that gave Anne an appreciation of art and culture and how it can improve the lives of everyone, particularly children and young people. 

Anne was promoted to Office Manager and in 2004 joined Newcastle Gateshead Initiative where she became the Senior Office Manager. She also managed the admin team who delivered events and VIP visits, including one by HRH The Duke of Cambridge to Newcastle and Gateshead in 2018. Anne recently took voluntary redundancy and is currently enjoying some time off while she decides what to do next. Anne has a genuine passion for children and young people and is delighted to be a governor of Sacriston Academy.