Linda Bird

Linda spent much of her childhood living in Teesdale and returned to live in Cotherstone in 1994.

After 10 years working in social housing for Darlington Borough Council, Linda then worked at the University of Sunderland for five years managing a range of tasks including student accommodation.  After achieving an MBA, Linda moved into training and development covering a range of tasks,  including overseeing the University’s Investor in People status, and latterly training to be a leadership coach and mentor.

Linda has a long-standing passion for Social Housing, joining the newly formed Teesdale Housing Association as a Trustee in 2006.  More recently, Linda served on the Board of the North Star Housing Group until March 2020 when her defined term as a Trustee ended.

Having served as a Trustee of Abbeyfield Barnard Castle Society since 2012, Linda is now the Society’s chairperson, and an internal quality assessor visiting other societies affiliated to TAS. Abbeyfield provides supported housing with extra care for older people.

Linda is currently the Chair of Teesdale Action Partnership Board, and a public representative. She has chaired the Older People Task Group and has a keen interest in promoting opportunities for younger people, having been a part-time youth leader, and more recently an active member of the Children, Young People and Families Task Group.

In addition, Linda was a Trustee of the Friends of Bowes Museum for four years and is currently a Dementia Champion with the Barnard Castle Dementia Friends Community Group.