Allendale Co‑operative Society Ltd

Julie Howard — President

Julie Howard

I live with my husband Nick on our family farm at Allendale. I have lived in the area for 37 years and we have 3 daughters who were all educated in Allendale and Haydon Bridge. I am a teacher and have taught at both Haydon Bridge High and Allendale Middle schools. Currently I teach children who are unable to attend school and deliver educational training to teachers. I have been a Board member since 2012 and became Vice President in 2015 and President in 2016. My interests are helping to look after our 3 grandchildren, walking our dogs and enjoying holidays in south west Scotland. 

Ian Stewart — Vice President

Ian Stewart

Born in 1940, and spent most of my childhood in Haydon Bridge. After college in London, worked in teaching in Cheshire, Northumberland and Newcastle. We (Margaret and I) have lived in Catton for over 30 years. Joined the board of Allendale Co-op in 1986, serving as President from 1991-2001, and then from 2007-2016. Main interests gardening, sport, music and political history.

Chris Bulman

Chris Bulman

Chris Bulman board member since 2009. Retired local headteacher. Born in Allendale many years ago and have lived in Catton for the last 20 years. Enjoy walking, cycling, gardening, reading, going to the gym and quizzes at The Crown. Gillian and myself are attempting to learn jive dancing but realize I have absolutely no sense of rhythm.

Heather Doody

Heather Doody

I have lived in Catton for over twenty years and have been a member of the Co-op board since 2004. I am a retired teaching assistant and enjoy socialising, reading and pottering around in the garden. In good weather I can be seen out on my bike enjoying the local scenery.

Norman Robinson

Norman RobinsonI was born in Alston and have lived most of my life in the North Pennines. Joan and I moved to Catton in 1972 when I became Deputy Headmaster of Allendale Secondary School. We have a son and daughter and three lovely grandchildren. I played cricket for Allendale for a number of years and still enjoy playing golf and Bridge. I served on Allendale Parish Council for 25 years and was chairman for a number of years. Sadly Joan died in 2010 having served on the Co-op Board for many years and I was co-opted to the Board in her place.

Andy Watt

Andy joined the Board in 2015, having relocated to the North East to become landlord of The Crown at Catton. Andy is also the proprietor of Allendale Butchers.