My name is Rich Beesley and my role on the NNTA Committee is Membership Secretary.
I have lived in Northumberland for the last 18 years, having hopped around the UK since I graduated from Newcastle University in 1983. I used to be a keen surfer and was lucky enough to surf on many beaches across Europe but Embleton and Bamburgh have always been two of my favourites.
My career has taken me to many places, having worked for 29 years in various roles for a Norwegian Manufacturing Company. During my last 10 years in the company I worked Internationally in Business Relationship and Project Management. In 2014 we decided it was time for a change so I took early retirement and we bought a B&B, a busy lifestyle which we have enjoyed so far.
We joined NNTA and I felt I could bring some of the skills and experiences from my career to contribute towards the NNTA objectives. I joined the Committee in 2018 and accepted the role of Membership Secretary in early 2019.
On the recreational side, gardening and fishing have replaced surfing. We are so lucky living in such a fantastic county with all it offers. The River Till and the possibility of Salmon or Sea Trout, who could ask for more, not forgetting all the wildlife joining the scene and there’s nothing better than a blustery walk be it on the beach or over the tops in winter. No bad weather in Northumberland, just the wrong clothes!
I'm Steve White, new treasurer for the NNTA. I’ve been on the committee for the last 4 years and am happy to be taking a more involved role.
Until 2012 I worked on the national rail network, first for British Rail then Railtrack and ended my career with Network Rail. My working life has been varied starting on a local branch line as a Signalman and then moving into the Newcastle office. From there I went to York as Publications Manager then Signalling Safety and then into Track Renewals/Engineering as Health and Safety Manager for the East Coast region covering Berwick to Kings Cross.
I finished working in project management and took voluntary redundancy just as I met my wife Amanda.
We now run Market Cross Guest House in Belford and have not looked back. I love working for myself and even though days off are few and far between in the summer I’d rather be doing this. Northumberland is where I grew up from 1976 and it’s where I intend to be when I retire.