Above: Jon Goodwin, the New Head of Grant Programmes at Newcastle Hospitals Charity
Newcastle Hospitals Charity (NHC) has appointed a new Head of Grant Programmes to steer the organisation’s grant-making and to help ensure that charitable funds raised in support of Newcastle’s hospitals are used meaningfully and effectively.
The official charity of Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle Hospitals Charity has appointed Jon Goodwin to lead on accessible and impactful grant-making that improves the health and wellbeing of the hospitals’ patients, staff, and communities.
He will be developing a range of grant-making programmes as part of an ambitious five-year (2021-2026) strategy that sets out NHC’s aspirations to:
- Improve the patient and visitor experience at Newcastle Hospitals, enhancing care for patients and the wider community;
- Improve the health and wellbeing of the hospitals’ staff, and support their professional development;
- Tackle health inequalities and key health issues in the region.
Jon was previously a Senior Philanthropy Advisor at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, managing a portfolio of grant-making funds set up by donors and supporting a wide range of small local charities making a difference to the North East.
After recently attending the Newcastle Hospitals Charity Marquee at the Great North Run, Jon is feeling motivated and raring to go in his new role – he’s even signed up to run the GNR for Newcastle Hospitals Charity in 2022! He said:
“It was so inspirational to see so many amazing, generous, people taking on the Great North Run for Newcastle Hospitals Charity and our funds, and I’m so excited to start channelling all of the funds raised into making a real difference and helping our hospitals go the extra mile.”
He formerly held a number of roles with voluntary sector support agencies in the North East, including as Executive Director of Synergy VCS Consortium in Stockton-on-Tees, and as a projects and partnerships manager at North Tyneside VODA. Before that he worked for Leeds City Council for a number of years having attended university in the city.
He grew up in Newcastle and now lives in Wallsend with his wife and two children. He enjoys football, music, and pub quizzes.