Our Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of the Charity. They meet regularly during the year to consider, determine and review the Sunshine Fund’s strategies and policies in discussion with the executive management of the Charity.

All Trustees work for the Sunshine Fund in a voluntary capacity.

The Sunshine Fund is a Company Limited by Guarantee and does not have any Share Capital. Its company number is 07035903 and it is registered with the Charities Commission as number 1133293.

The current members of the Board of Trustees are:-

Sunshine Fund Trustee Martin Soloman.

Martin Soloman

Senior Partner of Hay & Kilner Solicitors


Martin Soloman is a Solicitor and Senior Partner at leading North East law firm, Hay & Kilner. His specialist work and experience includes wide ranging involvement in commercial matters. He is named as a “Leading individual” in the Commercial Disputes field in Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500, both independently researched guides to the legal profession.


Martin’s involvement with The Chronicle Sunshine Fund spans more than two decades, and he has held the role of Chair since 2002.  He was instrumentally involved in the “relaunch” of the Sunshine Fund in 1994 with its revised objectives of assisting disabled children in the North East of England.   He is very proud of the association with the Chronicle and the substantial number of disabled children (and their families) who have been assisted so fundamentally by the Charity.


John Douglas

Nova International

Sunshine Fund Trustee Sarah Hall.

Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall Consulting


Sarah Hall is a pioneer of best practice in the PR industry. The holder of the Chartered Institute of Public Relation’s Sir Stephen Tallent’s medal 2014 for exceptional achievement in PR practice, she has established a reputation as an ethics tsar and gender and equality advocate through her work with the Institute. Outside of her voluntary commitments, you’ll find her running her own PR and marketing business and being Mum to two small boys.

Sunshine Fund Trustee Brian Latham.

Christopher Jobe

Ex Northern Rock Foundation

Sunshine Fund Trustee Chris Jobe.

Brian Latham

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Darren Thwaites

Editor of The Chronicle


Darren Thwaites is Editor-in-chief for Trinity Mirror North East, publishers of The Chronicle, The Journal, The Gazette (Teesside), the Sunday Sun and their respective websites. Originally from West Yorkshire, his journalism career has taken him around the UK but he’s now firmly settled in the North East with his wife and two children. Darren, who has been a trustee of the Sunshine Fund since 2011, helps to showcase the great work of the charity and its supporters across the region’s most influential media brands.


Members of the Board of Trustees are elected at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and, subject to re-election or early retirement, serve for a three year term.

The Sunshine Fund’s Accounts are prepared by Messrs Ryecroft Glenton, Chartered Accountants of Newcastle upon Tyne who present an Independent Examiner’s Report annually for consideration and approval by the Trustees.

Our legal advisers are Messrs Hay & Kilner, Solicitors of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Our company secretary is Jonathan Waters, a Solicitor and Partner in Hay & Kilner.