North East leaders by example: Denise Gates, Sean Bullick and Trisha Makepeace
PUBLISHED: 10:53 19 November 2010 | UPDATED: 17:39 20 February 2013
A profile of people from all walks of life who influence those around them for the better and make a positive difference to the North East
DENISE GATES - caring commitment
An experienced psychiatric nurse has taken on the role of managing the regions newest care home. Denise Gates, from Gosforth will head up the growing team at the brand new, purpose built Rosewood House in Bensham.
With a wealth of experience working with elderly people and those with mental health problems in both nursing and consulting roles, Denise is well placed to deliver the high level of service and care that Rosewood House is committed to delivering.
She said: This new role uses all the skills I have developed during my career in nursing and as a consultant in healthcare. It also offers me the opportunity to be involved in training programmes which, as a teacher of Further Education, I find very interesting.
Rosewood House has been designed to provide three levels of distinctive care; residential, nursing and EMI (elderly mentally ill) care.
SEAN BULLICK - practical improvements
Sean Bullick is Chief Executive of NE1 Ltd, an independent private company set up to deliver practical improvements to Newcastle city centre and lobby on behalf of the business community within the city.
Sean, who lives in Gosforth with his wife and two children, has huge experience as a lawyer, lobbyist and public relations expert and says: The qualities I think make a successful influencer, or role model, are credibility, an ability to communicate clearly and perhaps most importantly the need to be totally flexible and adaptable.
NE1 was established in April 2009, following a positive statutory vote in favour by the business community.
It has delivered a number of key improvements including the introduction of Street Rangers and a rapid response Clean Team. Future plans include closing the gap between the Citys daytime and evening economies, marketing the city centre and a practical operations programme which includes a series of pocket parks in disused sites across the city.
TRISHA MAKEPEACE - embracing change
Trisha Makepeace believes that we should make time for ourselves and others. She first qualified as a beauty therapist 20 years ago, working as an apprentice for Sue Holroyd at the Beauty Therapy Clinic in Barnard Castle, of which she is the owner.
She gained her Hons Business Management degree, then changed career path and worked as a project manager for an IT software company for seven years.
After having her two boys Ralph and Fergus, she went to live in the Caribbean for two years with her husbands work and then moved to France for three years.
After this grand adventure Trisha returned to Barnard Castle to take over the Clinic on Sue Holroyds retirement.
She says: We should make time for oneself and others in life. I try to always see a positive in difficult or challenging situations - Im a girl who has her glass half full. We shouldnt be scared of change - embrace it and enjoy lifes journey.