John Elliston MBE (Head of Strategy and Development) Dr John Elliston has been part of the 700 Club since the beginning. For 16 years he was the Chairperson of the organisation. In 2012 he became CEO, stepping down in 2018 to take on his current role. He has been involved in Darlington’s voluntary sector since moving to Darlington in 1992. In that time, he has worked closely with a large number of agencies. He currently chairs the Darlington Strategic Development Forum (DSDF), is the the voluntary sector representative on the Community Safety Partnership Board, and part of the Mental Health Network.