Newcastle Hospitals Charity is delighted to welcome Lee Shevills to the team (above), in the role of Charity Retail Manager. He sat down to tell us more about joining the charity team, and exactly what he would buy from the charity’s online shop!
Please tell us a little bit about your background/roles before coming to Newcastle Hospitals Charity.
I’ve managed in retail for over 20 years for different retailers, from small convenience stores to larger departments at M&S. I’ve recently managed a large Co-op in Gateshead over the last 5 years, which had its challenges through COVID. I’ve also opened convenience stores for Sainsburys, including South Gosforth not far from the Freeman Hospital.
What attracted you to the Retail Manager position?
During my time with Sainsburys I was involved in many charity initiatives for local charities, like Tiny Lives and even one of Newcastle Hospitals Charity’s funds, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation! It was this involvement that really stirred a passion for charity and community so when I saw the job for Charity Retail Manager, I knew I had to go for it – a job that combines both my passions!
What are you most excited about in your role?
There’s so much I’m excited about in my new role, working for the charity and making a difference is probably No1 but there’s so much more happening on the retail side. A refitted shop, exciting new products, collaborations with new retail partners and of course, my new colleagues who have given me a warm welcome.
If you were going to buy one item from our online shop, what would it be?
If I was to buy one product from Newcastle Hospitals Charity and I couldn’t wait for the new products to arrive, I would probably buy the children’s Fudge PJ’s for my two children.
Lee can be reached on [email protected].