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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Graham Wylie Foundation has appointed one of the most influential women in charity and music as its chief executive.

Angie Jenkison has previously been instrumental in raising millions as the Teenage Cancer Trust’s head of music.

But, after meeting Sage founder and entrepreneur Graham Wylie through The Who’s Roger Daltrey, Angie is now heading up the Graham Wylie Foundation.

Angie said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to join the Graham Wylie Foundation. I was born and bred in the North East and I’m delighted to be back here, after many years in London, to help improve the lives of vulnerable and underprivileged children across the region.”

Charity founder Graham Wylie said: “To have someone of Angie’s calibre on board is fantastic. There are some people who are simply good at their job and there are some people who are great and Angie is definitely one of the later.

“I have no doubt that Angie will take our aim of helping, educating and inspiring children throughout the North East and run with it, helping to raise huge sums of money for projects which will benefit young people for many years to come.”

Originally from Shieldfield, Newcastle, Angie left school at 16 and went to work as a hairdresser in Fenwick, Newcastle. When her friends headed south to go to university, Angie requested a transfer and soon found herself in demand as a hair stylist for music videos.

That set her on the path to an eventual career in the music industry, working and managing some of the biggest music studios and artists in London. She was named Campaigner of the Year in Music Week’s Women in Music Awards in 2014. Angie is now back in the region, living in North Shields with her Scottish Terrier Sunshine.

The Graham Wylie Foundation was launched earlier this month (May) to give children in the North East the best start in life.

It is one of the rare few charities anywhere in the world to hand over 100% of donations to deserving causes. This is because Graham is meeting all running, staff and administration costs to ensure every single penny raised and donated goes to good causes.

The Foundation is now also inviting charities, voluntary or community groups, or not-for-profit companies to come forward with grant requests.

To donate text INSPIRE to 70300 to donate £3.