I am Rector of Whickham and Chaplain to the Gibside Estate. As an Anglican priest I serve the historic parish of Whickham. In a previous career I worked at a senior level within Local Authority managing Environmental Health services.

As well as the conventional duties associated with my present position I am charged to work with, and alongside, all members of the community for their benefit. I have good working relationship with all schools in Whickham, as I do with local businesses and politicians. I have a good understanding of the area; its strengths and as well as its needs. I remain passionate about helping all children to achieve their full potential and have gained substantial experience from membership of several school Governing Bodies over the years.

I am married to Jill and we have four children, all of which have been schooled in Whickham, and our youngest is enjoying his first year at Whickham School. My pastimes revolve around cycling, swimming and reading, though if years could be rolled back I’d still be playing rugby and running Karate Clubs!

Barry Abbott

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