A pillar of the community who put up with continual threats to rebuild Meadowell after the riots, has returned to charity work after retiring in 2012.
Carole Bell devoted much of her life to regenerating the Meadowell Estate after it was rocked by riots in 1991, where she became the chief executive of Meadowell Connected.
And now the great-grandmother, who retired in August 2012, has become a trustee of umbrella charity Angels of the North.
Carole,66, said: “It has been a long, hard road during which I’ve seen a lot of ups and downs, but what I see now is so different from when I started.
“There used to be a youth centre on the site of The Meadows and it was burnt down during the riots so I had to start from scratch.
“When I first started, I had my windows put out, my garden destroyed, paint thrown at my front door and I was regularly threatened. I was terrified but I wasn’t going to let them beat me.”
Honorary chief executive officer Barbara Connors-Fowler said: “I have long-admired Carole’s hard work, personal sacrifice and integrity. She has unrivalled experience of charitable work and will be a fantastic addition to our team.”