John Elliston MBE (Chief Executive) 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. He has been involved in Darlington’s voluntary sector for over two decades. In that time, he has worked closely with a large number of agencies. He currently chairs the Darlington Strategy Development Forum (DSDF), is the the voluntary sector representative on the Community Safety Partnership Board, and part of the Mental Health Network.