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Rotary North East (District 1030)
Rotary District 1030 - No: 18838.

List of all members  
Service Above Self (9K)
 The Value of Fellowship & Friendship - (A video .pps courtesy of Rotarian Kevin Jobson - to all Rotarians regardless of age)
* PHF denotes a Paul Harris Fellow.
A Paul Harris Fellowship is the highest award in Rotary which can be awarded to Rotarians & also non-Rotarians for their charitable work.

Alan Campbell PHF
Rotarian Alan Campbell (27Kb)
Rotarian Alan Campbell
, is a retired senior Police Officer and a Past President of The RotaryClub of Chester-le-Street, where he was awarded the a Paul Harris Fellowship for his dedicated work in Rotary. 

Alan is a former member of Council of Rotary District 1030.

Brian Corker PHF - Chair of Club International Service.
Rotarian Brian Corker (22Kb)
Rotarian Brian Corker i
s a Past President of The Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street and, for the second time, was Club President 2010-2011.  On Saturday, 3rd May 2014, he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship.

Brian is a retired BBC TV Engineer and a keen 'Radio Ham'.

A Chester-le-Street man through and through, Brian joined BBC on leaving Chester-le-Street Grammar School, where he was recruited as “Engineer Designate “in 1959. He worked at Dickenson Road BBC Studios and with the Outside Broadcasting Unit, Manchester.

In 1960 he was moved to the newly opened BBC News Studio, Newcastle upon Tyne. In the following years Brian was instrumental in solving various Television Operational and System problems, which resulted in the BBC having a number of Technical Suggestions and Patents credited.

After successfully taking the BBC's internal examinations, Brian qualified as a C. Eng.

In 1969 Brian was appointed Assistant Lecturer and later Lecturer to the BBC Engineering Training Department, Woodnorton, Evesham, Worcestershire. At that time, Woodnorton was the only Broadcast Engineering Training College in the World; and he did a lot of lecturing in the 1970’s and 1980’s on Engineering and Operations. During this period of his career Brian was also seconded periodically to the Technical Investigation Unit at Television Centre.

Brian's broadcasting career also involved the Reorganisation of the Receiving Unit for Overseas Broadcasting on Ascension Island, Public Relations with the BBC Engineering Information Dept. and the introduction of Television Broadcasting for the Sultan of Brunei in Borneo.

In 1985 because of seniority, regular medical assessments were carried out in London, when he subsequently experienced early closure of his contract and was offered early retirement. Subsequently Brian's expertise was employed after the formation of a Technical Support Company for TV Advertising Facility Houses and Studios. He was also invited to Lecture at New College, Durham, on mathematics, advanced mathematics, electronics, micro electronics, computing and power distribution engineering.

All this came to an end in 1991, following a Hit & Run traffic incident; that sentenced Brian to a wheelchair for several years. However every cloud has a silver lining and Brian is thankful, for life with his wife Jean, and also as a Rotarian in helping him regain quality of life.

Colin Crozier
Rotarian Colin Crozier (58Kb)

Eric Donkin
Rotarian Eric Donkin (57Kb)Rotarian Eric Donkin
is long standing Rotarian with The Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street.

Eric is a Past-President of ProBus and a leading member of Chester-le-Street Methodist Church.

Alan Hedley, Past-President.

On Friday, 3rd March 2017, Past-President Alan Hedley became a welcome re-joining member of the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street.

Bill Holden PHF - Chair of Club Foundation.

Rotarian Bill Holden
is a retired Pharmicist by profession and was President of the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street for the year 2008-2009. Bill is currently the Club Foundation Chair.

On Saturday, 3rd May 2014, he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship.

Bill is also a member and Secretary of The Royal Society of St George.

Kenneth Howe PHF
Rotarian Ken Howe - Winner of the 'Vernon Ferens Golf Trophy', Seahouses, Northumberland 2003 (41Kb)
Rotarian Kenneth Howe
, a retired Solicitor, is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street (1985-1986), and a Paul Harris Fellow. Kenneth was inducted into the Club in 1977.  His main Rotary interest has been Rotary Foundation and he was Chairman of the Club’s Foundation Committee for many years. He hosted many Rotarian Scholars studying at Durham University as well as Group Study Exchange Teams visiting Distict 1030 and became a member of the District Foundation Committee.

Kenneth served as District Foundation Chairman selecting and choosing students from our District to study at Universities abroad on Rotary Scholarships - as well as selecting and choosing Group Study Exchange Teams to travel abroad to Rotary Districts throughout the world.

Kenneth then went on to serve as a Zone Chairman (now known as an Assistant District Govenor ) of our Rotary District 1030.

Kenneth is a keen golfer and has represented the Club in golf competitions in particular the District 1030 'Eykenbloom Golf Competition'.  Also our own Club 'Vernon Ferens Golf Competition', which Trophy was donated by a stalwart member of the Club who had an immense and dominating character who wanted all golfing members of the club whatever their ability to join in a Club golfing competition.

David Hughes MBE, PHF
Rotarian David Hughes (23Kb)
Rotarian David Hughes is a man of many talents; a retired businessman, soldier, author, watercolour artist, public speaker, and an extraordinary charity fundraiser, to mention a few.

For a number of years, aided by his associate and friend, Rotarian Bill Fish (unfortunately now deceased), David has worked to raise large amounts of money to help the charities he supports. Click on the link: 'Charitable Projects' to read about some of his charitable activities, notably his 'Grace House' project and 'Book Launch' project.

On Friday, 20th September 2013, David was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) by his Fellow Rotarians for his extensive charity work.  A PHF is the highest award that can be made in Rotary.

David Hughes was awarded an MBE 'For Services To Charity' in Her Majesty The Queen's New Year's Honours List 2016.

Ken Jackson - Treasurer.

Rotarian Ken Jackson
was inducted into The Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street on Friday 18th September 2009.

Rotarian Ken is currently the Club Treasurer.

Kevin Jobson - President-elect & IT Officer/Webmaster.
Past-President Kevin Jobson (7Kb)
Rotarian Kevin Jobson
was inducted into the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street in 1997, where he held various appointments until he was elected President for the year 2003 - 2004.  Subsequently he was District IT Officer and Webmaster for Rotary District 1030 until July 2007. 

Kevin was Club Secretary for three years from 2012 - 2015 and has been IT Officer/Webmaster for the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street from 2000 to-date. 

On Friday, 1st July 2016, Kevin was inducted as the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street's President-elect for the year 2017-2018.

During his earlier life, Kevin Jobson served for 24 years with the Royal Military Police, mainly in the Special Investigation Branch (SIB), at home and abroad.  On retirement in 1981 he was recruited into the Post Office Investigation Department with a remit to investigate crimes committed against the Post Office and its related businesses. 

In 1997 he finally retired to play golf and fell-walk in Northumberland, the Yorkshire Dales & the Lake District of Cumbria.

Now, in the main, to stay out of mischief, he spends his time with his wife and family and, among other interests, designs & maintains several charity websites, maintaining all the costs out of his own pocket as part of his own personal charitable giving, including the website of his own club the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street:

In 2000 Kevin created the Royal Military Police Association (SIB Branch), website: which he designed and manages. On 30 May 2009, he was appointed Vice-President for life of the Royal Military Police Association (SIB Branch).

Kevin and his wife Ursula attend St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Birtley, Tyne & Wear, where he is an Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Parish Pastoral Council.  In 2001 Kevin designed and continues to maintain the parish website:

In 2008 Kevin was elected Founder-Chairman of Northumbria Branch of The Royal Society of St George, a post he held for 4 years.  He continues as an active Member of Northumbria Branch, Royal Society of St George, and designed and manages the Branch website:

A Life Member of the Royal Military Police Association (RMPA), he is a member of the Royal Military Police  Association's (Northeast Branch), where he has served as Branch Vice-Chairman & Branch Secretary, and designed and maintains RMPA NE Branch website:

He and his wife were for some years, until 2012, active members/fundraisers for the charity, Tyneside Leukaemia Research Association, for whom he designed and managed their first website.

Before retirement, in his professional capacity, Kevin was a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Investigators, a Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management, and a Member of the Forensic Science Society.

Jim Lawrence PHF, Immediate Past-President..

Rotarian Jim Lawrence
is a retired Businessman and is a Past-President for the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street, who was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) for his charitable work.

On Friday, 4th July2014, Jim was inducted as President-elect for the rotary year 2014 - 2015.

On Friday 3rd July 2015, Jim Lawrence was inducted as Club President for rotary year 2015 - 2016, his third time in office.

On Friday, 1st July 2016, Jim handed over his Club Presidency and at that time was presented with a Certificate for 25 years Rotary Service by Assistant District Governor (Group 3) Stewart Atkin of Rotary District 1030.

George Nattrass
Rotarian George Nattrass (78Kb)
Alex J. Nelson, BA, MBA, MTS, FCILT, FRGS.  Club Membership Officer.
Rotarian Alex Nelson, on duty at Chester-le-Street Railway Station (30Kb)
Rotarian Alex J. Nelson
was Club President during the years 2013-2014.  Currently he is the Club's Membership Officer.

He is Stationmaster of Britain's busiest independent railway station in the town of Chester-le-Street, Co Durham. The station lies on the East Coast Main Line between London and Edinburgh, and employs five staff booking journeys throughout the United Kingdom. It was unstaffed, derelict and unloved until Alex, after a career in the bus and coach industry and an entrepreneur in group travel, opened the station in 1999.

Alex joined Rotary two years later during the presidency of Rotarian Brian Straughan.

Although hailing from London, where he is a Freeman and Liveryman of the City, Alex is proud to live in Chester-le-Street and has done much to draw attention to the fact that the Gospels were first translated into English in Chester-le-Street (around 970AD), where he is now pleased to live. He is a regular speaker at other Rotary Clubs explaining how to save money on rail fares and telling the story of his little railway station which has doggedly held on to the internet name against the machinations of larger companies.

A qualified transport professional, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a member of The Royal Society of St George.

Alex hopes that in future years it will be possible for other people to download his own brain to acquire rapidly his encyclopaedic knowledge of all Britains towns and cities and railways operating between them!

Francis Phillips
Rotarian Francis Phillips was inducted into the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street on Friday, 6th January 2017, by President Brian Straughan.

Fred Richards PHF- Club Secretary.
Past President Fred Richards (24Kb)

Rotarian Fred Richards
is a Past-President of The Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street and continues to be an active member of the Club.
  He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for his rotary charity work.

Fred Richards is a retired Businessman, having been a successful and well known Florist in the town for many years.

John Stewart - Chair of Community & Vocational Service/PRO.
Rotarian John Stewart (49Kb)
Rotarian John Stewart
was inducted into The Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street on Friday, 12th November 2010, and is currently the Club's Chair of Commuity & Vocational Service and the Rotary Club's Public Relations Officer.


Brian J. Straughan: President..

Rotarian Brian Straughan
is a Chartered Accounant in Chester-le-Street, Co Durham.

On Friday 1st July 2016 Brian was inducted as our Club President for the Rotary year 2016-2017, this being the second time he has held this important appointment.

Brian is the Managing Director of B.J. Straughan & Co, finance, auditing and accounting professionals in the North East of England. Specialising in Sage accounts, they provide a reliable and trustworthy service to businesses across Tyneside, Wearside and County Durham, with many of our clients based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Sunderland.

Established in 1994, as Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors, with practices in Chester-le-Street and Stanley, Co Durham, they competently handle a vast range of tasks and models, from personal tax matters to a whole company’s payroll, as experts in general accounting, tax compliance and bookkeeping.

From 2000 - 2001 Brian was President of the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street and subsequenty was the Club's Treasurer for some years and former Club Chair of Rotary Foundation.

Brian is also a member of Northumbria Branch of The Royal Society of St George.

John Tootill - Chair of Club Service.
Rotarian John Tootill (40Kb)

Rotarian John Tootill
was inducted into the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street on Friday, 9th March 2012.  A former Army Officer, John is very active in rotary.

On Friday, 4th July 2014, John was inducted as Club President for the rotary year 2014-2015. 

On Friday 25th November 2016, John was inducted as President-elect for the rotary year 2017-2018.

Peter S. Usher, B.Sc, FRICS, JP, PHF
Rotarian Peter Usher (78Kb)
Rotarian Peter S. Usher
is a retired Chartered Surveyor, Auctioneer and Valuer. He joined Chester-le-Street Rotary Club in 1965 and was elected Club President 1973-74.  Later Peter was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for his work in Rotary.

A Past-President, Paul Harris Fellow and a long-standing Rotarian of The Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street, , Peter was educated at London University - 1948-51.  He did his National Service in the Royal Artillery.(Survey Regt.) - 1951-53.   Subsequently he went into Private Practice with his father, Leonard Usher, trading in Chester-le-Street as J.G.Usher & Son (est. 1893-1995).

Peter's father, Leonard Usher, was also a Rotarian of reknown. Rotarian Leonard Usher was Chester-le-Street Rotary Club's President 1934-35 and later became Rotary District 1030's Governor 1954-56.

Active both socially and in business, Peter Usher was the Founder Chairman of Chester-le-Street Round Table 1955-57, Area 20 Chairman 1962-63, Tax Commissioner 1996-2001, Justice of the Peace 1965-2001, and is the present Honorary Vice-President of Chester le Street Golf Club.

Peter has numerous other local interests, which he hopes will continue into the foreseeable future!

Tom Vout PHF
Past-President Tom Nout PHF (62Kb)
Rotarian Tom Vout
, a former Head Teacher, has been a member of the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street for some 30 years and has been Club President twice in 1984 - 1985 & again in 1998 - 1999.  Currently Tom is the Club's Auditor.

In August 2015 Tom was awarded Rotary's highest award, a Paul Harris Fellowship. Currently Tom is Club Auditor.

Bob Watson BEM, PHF - Programme Editor.
Rotarian Bob Watson (12Kb)
Rotarian Bob Watson
is a Past-President of The Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street and a Paul Harris Fellow.

A retired Head Teacher, Bob, is a renowned and talented Musician, and a Trustee of the James Etherington Music Awards, an annual competion for aspiring young Musicians in the Chester-le-Street area.

In 2013 in Her Majesty The Queen's New Year's Honours List, Bob was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his service to Education, Music and Charity in the Chester-le-Street Community.

Linda Watson PHF
Rotarian Linda Watson (56Kb)
Rotarian Linda Watson
became the first lady member of The Rotary Club of Chester-Le-Street on Friday 9th January 2009. 

On Friday, 6th July 2012, Linda was inducted as President of the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street for the rotary year 2012-2013..

Linda is a retired Teacher and has been and still is, after many years, the Producer/Director of the amateur theatre/drama group 'Youth Connection', a local charity. For her dedication to drama and theatre, within the local community, nationally and internationally, she was awarded by Rotary a Paul Harris Fellowship; the highest award in Rotary.

On Friday, 1st March 2013, Councillor Linda Marshall JP, Chair Durham County Council (DCC), awarded Linda Watson the Chairman's Medal, for services over many years, and several generations of school children, to education & drama for the benefit of young people within the Chester-le-Street community. The Chairman's Medal is the highest honour Durham County Council can award any of its citizens.

Keith Willis
Rotatian Keith Willis was inducted into the Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street on Friday, 10th February 2017, by President Brian Straughan.
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