Meet The Estate Committee

Committee Members

The following people make up the Estate Committee.  Where available we have included photographs and a brief biography of each member.



David Brown

Alastair Gilchrist

I have lived in Northumberland all my life and on Darras Hall Estate since 2001. It is a unique environment that we are very privileged to enjoy being a part of.

I feel it is important that we preserve the legacy that the founders and residents past and present have given us. We need to allow the estate to evolve, as the Committee has over the previous century, to ensure that it remains one of the most prestigious areas to live in the region for all present and future residents to enjoy.

Shirley Hill

In this twenty first century, communication is of vital importance to us all and we now aim to give the residents the transparency they deserve as to how the committee operates. I am optimistic that we can achieve this but please contact us with any concerns.

I worked for Newcastle University for thirty years in communication skills carrying out Role-Play consultations with Medical Students and Health Professionals. I am Hon. Secretary of the Ponteland Community Partnership and Patient Representative for Ponteland Medical Group. I have two sons, one a QC and the other an Actor, as well as four grandchildren.

I have lived in the same house in Darras Hall for 48 years! I moved up here from Hertfordshire for my husband’s business and immediately fell in love with its village environment and its green spaces; we must keep it that way!

Shirley Hill.


Stephen Hughes - Website Editor

Steve Hughes is a journalist who has worked in regional and national newspapers and magazines, radio and television. He has lived with his family on Darras Hall since 1995.

Sangeet Jaidka - Joint Treasurer

Qualified Accountant by profession, I am experienced in working in community focused areas having worked in Local Government, the NHS, and currently working for a Housing Company. 

The Darras Hall community spirit and green spaces attracted us to move here in 2009, having lived in Newcastle most of my life.

In this changing world I am keen to ensure that that this is preserved and further developed, not only for the current residents, but also for the next generation of residents and beyond. 

Andrew Mate - Chairman

Andrew Mate


Lives in Greenacres

Married for 37 years to Doreen.

2 sons, a daughter and 7 grandchildren.

Semi retired after a career in advertising and marketing.

Previously Chairman of the community group and a parish councillor at Ovington, where he previously lived for 5 years.

Would like to see Darras Hall maintain its unique personality, improve local facilities and services and build a stronger community spirit.

John Myers

I have lived in Darras Hall for over 25 years as I developed a career in media, creating some of the best known radio brands on the air today.  I love it here, it's a community with character and characters, and while we should grow with the times, it's important to keep in mind the original thoughts of the founding fathers who believed in a community where green spaces and sensible development go hand in hand.  This should be a village for ALL, not the chosen few.  I'm a keen golfer, walker and biker and can often be seen around on my Honda Goldwing trike or walking my dog, Billy!

Andrew H S Pile - Land & Property Sub-Committee Chairman

Scott Savin

John C Scott - Airport Representative

I have been a resident of Darras Hall for almost 47 years and a Committee Member since 1999. 

I am currently Vice Chairman of Newcastle Airport Consultative Committee and retired after almost 38 years working for a multi-national company.  I am a Church Elder, Trustee of Dame Allans Schools Trust, Regional Chairman of the Retirement Association of my former company and am interested in cricket and rugby football.

I am very keen to maintain and develop this special North East estate.

Christine Thompson - Joint Treasurer

I have lived on Woodside for eighteen years with my husband Deryck, our three sons have now flown the nest.

 I still remember the feeling of excitement and appreciation when I drove to my new home for the first time.  With every season we have very different and beautiful street scenes and I feel very passionate about retaining the garden city reputation of the Estate for the benefit of all.  I hope owners, planners and architects will keep this in mind when planning new developments. 

My whole career has been in accounts starting with hand written double entry book-keeping through to computerised accounts.  For the past thirty years I have worked within the legal profession, twelve of them in Ponteland village. 

I very much hope I can make a positive contribution to the work of the Estate Committee and look forward to meeting or hearing from fellow owners in the future.

Andrew Tucker

"I am married with 3 children and have lived on Darras Hall since 2002. When I was younger Darras Hall was often mentioned but I never really understood what people were going on about. Since moving here I have come to appreciate what a very special place this is.


I have been a member of the Estate Committee (on and off) since 2010. I am a Chartered Surveyor and feel that my experience in property is something that has been, and will continue to be, useful for the Estate Committee.


I also represent the Estate Committee on the Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group where we are looking at the whole of Ponteland and not just Darras Hall. I believe that taking an active part in the community is much more fulfilling than doing nothing."


Gilbert Wright - IT Consultant

Malcolm Welford