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RT @FolClub: Great to have 20 players at our first u6s open training session at @BeaconofLight tonight!! See you all next week ⚽️🔴⚪️👍

RT @SunderlandAFC: GOOOOAALLL!! @LeeConnelly64 is at it again as he cancels out Jamie Soule's 11th-minute goal to put the Lads back on lev…

RT @SunderlandAFC: Here's how our under-23s line-up this evening against @WBA... #SAFC #PL2 https://t.co/OhXADHJhua

Our #LittleDribblers and #SchoolofDance youngsters have loved their #HalfTerm sessions at the @BeaconofLight today!… https://t.co/9ynkgmVnzQ

RT @FoLScholars: If you missed our Men's Open Trials today, we're holding further events this week at the @BeaconofLight and Alun Armstrong…

RT @FoLScholars: Want to find out more about our Ladies Scholarship programme which offer routes into women's football, Higher Education an…

JOIN OUR TEAM! We are currently seeking highly motivated individuals for the following positions: ▪ Apprenticeshi… https://t.co/3hvNAoPtT5

RT @FoLScholars: We also have over 30 promising young players taking to the @BeaconofLight's outdoor pitches trying out for our Men's Schol…

RT @SAFCLadies: MATCH REPORT 📝: Six Sunderland goals and three points to read about as the report for yesterday's home victory against Hull…

RT @FoLScholars: We're underway with our Ladies Scholars invite only trials featuring @SunderlandRTC U16 players and county representative…

RT @FoLScholars: WELL DONE to Maria who scored her first goal for @SAFCLadies against @HullCityLFC yesterday! #HawaytheLasses https://t.co/…

@andrew_hird Good guess Andrew, it's picalilli!

Exciting day at the @BeaconofLight as we're tasting the menu ahead of our first Gala Awards Dinner courtesy of… https://t.co/TUxeQeoq4S

Play, learn and have fun this #HalfTerm with our FREE #Disability Multi-Sports session at the @BeaconofLight! The… https://t.co/jw4kReK89g

Looking for sporting fun and activities for your children this February #HalfTerm? We have something for everyone!… https://t.co/fDJCRqvQGf

RT @SAFCLadies: IT'S MATCH DAY! Today we return home to face @HullCityLFC in the @FAWNL! Kick-off is 2pm at The Hetton Centre #HawayTheL

RT @SAFCLadies: 1 day to go! Tomorrow we return to The Hetton Centre to take on @HullCityLFC! #HawayTheLasses #FAWNL #WeAreNational https…

Did you know that we have our own Foundation of Light School of Dance? This #HalfTerm learn a variety of styles i… https://t.co/nhQl3VnWhg

Meet the Team

Our Backroom Staff

ROYAL PATRON

  • Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO

TRUSTEES

  • Sir Bob Murray CBE (Chair)
  • The Rt Hon The Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley PC
  • Stephen Cram CBE
  • Kate Adie OBE
  • Paul Collingwood MBE
  • George Clarke
  • Colonel The Hon James Ramsbotham DL
  • Sir Tim Rice
  • Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE DL

EDUCATION AND SKILLS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

  • The Rt Hon The Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley PC
  • Audrey Bolam
  • Lynda Brown
  • Tom Capeling
  • David Gray
  • Ian Green
  • Alex Hopkins
  • Ian Kershaw
  • Karen Marshall
  • Alison Maynard
  • Graeme Maynard
  • Steve Wilkinson

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

  • Lesley Spuhler OBE

PA TO CEO / GOVERNANCE COORDINATOR

Interim Assistant Director (Finance) and Support Services

Assistant Director (Sales and Delivery)

Assistant Director (Commercial) & Beacon of Light General Manager

Head of Communications

Head of Partnerships and Donor Care

Head of Education

Head of Skills

Head of Sport and Wellbeing

Head of Finance

Head of Support Services

Head of Quality, Safeguarding Monitoring and Evaluation

Head of Operations (Delivery)

Delivery Coordinator (Sunderland)

Delivery Coordinator (North Durham, Washington and South Tyneside)

Safeguarding Manager

Events Manager

I have been so proud of my association with the Foundation. Since opening the Centre of Light which was my first duty as royal patron, thousands of youngsters and adults have accessed learning opportunities thanks to the Foundation.

HRH Countess of Wessex

Being from the North East I am keen to be involved in the regeneration of the region in any way I can. The Foundation is doing some fantastic work across Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham and it's a real privilege to be involved.

George Clark

There is a phenomenal amount of people whose lives have been improved by the work of the Foundation. But it’s not always about the numbers, sometimes it’s the things you can’t measure. When I hear these personal, individual stories, that’s when I feel genuinely proud.

Steve Cram CBE

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