The Team

Sarah Stewart
CEO NewcastleGateshead Initiative

Carol Bell
Executive Director

Maria Bota
Creative Producer

Marian Chapman
Technical Producer

Laura Hunter
Assistant Producer

Steve Blanks
Digital Champion

Laura Partridge
Innovation Champion

Jo Thornton
Development Manager

Sophie Hardwick
Senior Project Manager

Lucy Tetley
Schools/YP Engagement Manager

Amy Orr
Volunteer Engagement Manager

Ellie Geddes
Stakeholder Engagement Manager

Ian Thomas
Evaluation Manager

Dianne Coaten
Finance Manager

Dezra Riley
Finance Assistant

Kathie Wilcox
Marketing and Communications Director

Becky Madeley
Marketing Manager

Shelly Armstrong
PR Manager

David Brookbanks
PR Manager

Marc Burns
Digital Marketing Manager

Hannah Lambert
Digital Marketing Executive

Ali Brown
Marketing Executive

Kathy Riley
Corporate Fundraiser – Freelance


Sir Gary Verity, Chair
Brendan Foster, CBE
Martyn Henderson, Project Director – DCMS
Clare Pillman
Christopher Rodrigues CBE
Conrad Bird CBE
Martin Temple CBE
Dr Ruth McKernan CBE
Dianne Willcocks CBE DL
Caroline Norbury
Denis Wormwell
Max Steinberg


Sir Gary Verity

Martyn Henderson
DCMS Project Team

Jane Dawson
DCMS Project Team

John Marshall
Chair, NewcastleGateshead Initiative

Sarah Stewart
Chief Executive, NewcastleGateshead Initiative

Carol Bell
Executive Director, GEOTN

Kathie Wilcox
Marketing and Communications Director, NewcastleGateshead Initiative

Maria Bota
Creative Producer, GEOTN

Iain Watson
Director, TWAM

Caroline McDonald
Museum Manager, Great North Museum: Hancock

Abigail Pogson
Managing Director, Sage Gateshead

Sarah Munro
Director, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Prof Roy Sandbach
Director, National Centre for Ageing Science & Innovation

Eric Cross
Dean of Cultural Affairs, Newcastle University/Creative Fuse North East

Pat Ritchie
Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council

Sheena Ramsey
Chief Executive, Gateshead Council

Helen Dickinson
Assistant Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council

Lindsay Murray
Service Director, Gateshead Council

Adrian Mills
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