The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the only organisation dedicated to supporting the 5.7 million people living in former mining communities throughout the UK, has appointed Paula Snowdon as Regional Development Manager for the North East.
Growing up in Easington Colliery and with extensive experience of working with third sector organisations, community and voluntary organisations across the North East, Paula is no stranger to the challenges faced by some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in the country.
Most recently working at East Durham College coordinating the Industrial Placement programme, engaging with prospective employers and candidates, Paula’s new role at the Coalfields Regeneration Trust will see her providing members with practical support, while also managing a community building in Horden, County Durham.
She will also focus on building the organisations network within the region, while adding value to the programmes, activities and initiatives that are already in place.
Paula comments: “Throughout my career I have worked with charitable, voluntary and community-based organisations in the North East. I have a real passion for helping and supporting the most vulnerable to recognise and reach their potential.
“Throughout my working life I have undertaken a variety of different training opportunities which have enabled me to develop a varied skillset that I know will support me in this new position with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
“Having worked in partnership with the organisation while in another role, I know that the work that the organisation delivers is invaluable and I am really looking forward to being a part of a team that can make a real difference.”
Head of Operations (England) and Deputy Chief Executive for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Andy Lock, comments: “There is no doubting Paula’s commitment to meeting with the needs of the communities. Her career to date has shown that she has a natural affinity with people, and we know that this will support the work that we are doing to meet with the needs of residents in the coalfields.
“We would like to welcome Paula and look forward to further developing the work that we are able to deliver throughout the North East thanks to her appointment.”