Who We Are

October 2014

Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group


Chris Brummitt
Peter Cowey
Alma Dunigan
Peter Jackson
Veronica Jones
Will Moses
Robin Ramsay
Carl Rawlings
Andrew Tucker
Chris Winks

Representing Organisations

Ponteland Business Forum
Ponteland Town Council
Ponteland Community Partnership
Northumberland County Council
Northumberland County Council
Ponteland Civic Society
Ponteland Town Council
Ponteland Town Council
Darras Hall Estate Committee
Ponteland Greenbelt Group



Sandra Wall


David English
David Hobson
Rob Naples
John Purvis
William Walton

Northumberland County Council
Northumberland County Council
Northumbria University (Law)

Topic Subgroups

Built Environment
Natural Environment
Local Economy
Community Wellbeing
Youth Provision



Alma Dunigan MHCIMA, Cert Ed

Alma studied at Suffolk College and spent 20 years in the Hospitality Industry in London, the South East and Yorkshire before moving to Northumberland Teacher Training College (Ponteland) in the late 70’s. She was a Lecturer in Hospitality Studies for 12 years at Newcastle College, then an ambassador of vocational training for school pupils which led her to Schools Liaison Manager at the same College for 7 years. After retirement, she became the Chairman of the Standards Committee for Castle Morpeth borough Council and Chair of the Interim Committee of the Community Partnership.


Vice Chairperson

William Daglish Moses BArch, RIBA, RMaPS

A lifetime resident of the Newcastle area and a long time resident of Ponteland, Will is married with 2 grown up children. Educated at the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle and then Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh he returned to the area working for *Faulknerbrowns and then Jowett Buckley & Curry before becoming a Partner at Coulson Swinburne Moses and then establishing CSM+Architects. He is a Chartered Architect with over 35 years experience including work in Conservation Areas and on Listed Buildings. Other interests include horse racing, fell walking, classic cars and rugby, a veteran hooker who still plies his trade occasionally



John Purvis, BSc, CEng MICE FIStructE

John is a resident of Ponteland having recently relocated back to the North East from Harrogate in North Yorkshire. He was born at Dilston near Hexham and educated at Rutherford Grammar School in Newcastle. He is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer by profession. Until he retired in 2007 he was CEO of a large international consultancy business providing Planning, Surveying, Engineering, Transportation, Environmental and Project management Services to clients across the private and public sectors. He is married with four children and seven grandchildren.


Group Members

Andrew Tucker  BSc (Hons),  MRICS

Andrew has lived in Ponteland for over 11 years. He is married with children at the First and Middle Schools. He is a Chartered Surveyor and property Consultant. Through his business he has been involved with various commercial properties in Ponteland. This is in the capacity as agent where he has acquired and disposed of buildings. The business now manages some property in Ponteland and he used to manage the Broadway Parade on Darras Hall while working for the previous owner.

Veronica Jones

Veronica Jones is a County Councillor and has represented Ponteland West Ward for the past 10 years. For four years she has had a special responsibility on the County Council working to improve life for older people, initiated and led the Council’s “Ageing Well” programme to make Northumberland a better place to grow older. She chairs Northumberland County Council’s Ageing Well Board and is a member of Ageing Well in Ponteland, a group which founded and supports the Ponteland Hopper bus. She is keen to make sure that the needs of older people are a priority in the Neighbourhood Plan.

Peter Jackson
County Councillor for Ponteland, South Ward including Heddon.

Chris Brummitt
Christopher is a Chartered Architect his practice based in Ponteland, concentrates on social housing for Housing Associations like Isos Housing and commercial design.
Although Christopher is originally from Leeds, he has lived in Ponteland for 22 years. He started working for RN Mackellar and Partners in Newcastle in 1983 after qualifying from Dundee University where he met his wife. They have 2 children who attended the First, Middle and High schools. He is a keen cyclist and when he finds time will start watercolour painting again.

Carl Rawlings
Carl has lived in Ponteland for 29 years and he believes in protecting the Green belt and maintaining Ponteland as a good place to live. He has been a Town councillor for 5 years and was elected Mayor in May 2014.
Carl is a member of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and he believes that neighbourhood planning will give local residents more influence. His working career was in business. Now retired, he is Vice Chair at Merton Hall and Chair of Ponteland Conservatives. He wants the Conservatives to continue playing a leading part in serving the community. Carl is keen on sport and supports Newcastle United, Newcastle Falcons and he is a commentator for the visually impaired at Durham cricket. He also attempts to play golf at our local club.

Peter Cowey

After serving 9 years in the RAF I managed to get into a relatively new profession, computers. Starting as a trainee programmer and rising through the ranks leaving as a Computer Manager. Now, as a relatively young person of 59 I had the rest of my life to spend doing all the things I had time for, wrong again. I was asked to take the role of Chairman of the Ponteland Lawn Tennis Club to see if a new clubhouse could be built. Yes it could, a brand new brick building was erected thanks to an interest free loan from the Lawn Tennis Association. The first time a capital loan was granted to any tennis club in the country. Because of this success I was asked to stand as a Town Councillor and subsequently voted in as Mayor. My pass time hobbies are jogging, London Marathon 3hrs 3 mins, at one time I would take my stopwatch, these days I take a calendar!! I enjoy writing songs, playing and recording music with some stamp collecting of British Queen Victoria stamps.

Robin Ramsay MBE

Robin is a Chartered Engineer and has worked as a civil engineer, project manager and consultant for over 45 years. Among the list of projects are High Speed Rail in Taiwan, mono Rail in Kuala Lumpar and many UK based schemes including the North East Metro and the Metro extension to the Airport and Redheugh bridge. He has been a member of the Parish and Town Council since 1979 not continuously) and the first Mayor. He and his wife Jean have lived in Ponteland since 1976 and currently have eight grandchildren.

Chris Winks

Chris is a retired Chartered Surveyor. He retired from Gentoo Group, a social housing provider, at the beginning of 2012 and has lived in Ponteland since 1985. He graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic in 1976 and qualified in 1978. Married to Ann, a Primary school teacher, they have two grown up boys who were both educated at Ponteland First School, Coates Endowed Middle School and Ponteland High School. One of Chris’s main interests is aviation and in particular old military aircraft. He served for over 16 years as a commissioned officer in the RAFVR(T) and was based at the Airport Squadron Air Training Corps and also spent time as Squadron Commander at Prudhoe Squadron ATC. As well as his involvement with the Neighbourhood Plan Group, he is also a member of the Ponteland Green Belt Group. Chris and his wife Ann have two West Highland Terriers and an allotment at Prestwick.