Our board


John Marshall
Former Vice Chairman, Bond Dickinson LLP

Board Directors

Bill MacLeod
Office Senior Partner, PwC
Sheena Ramsey
Chief Executive, Gateshead Council
Port of Tyne
Port of Tyne
Giselle Stewart OBE
Director, UK Corporate Affairs, Ubisoft
Helen Dalby
Editor, Chronicle Live | Regional Head of Digital, Trinity Mirror North East
Professor Andrew Wathey CBE
Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Northumbria University
Mark Thompson
Managing Partner, Ryder Architecture Ltd
Phil Steele
General Manager, Intu Eldon Square
Michael Spriggs
Chair, Invest Newcastle Advisory Board
Pat Ritchie
Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council
Emily Cox
Director of Public Affairs, Virgin Money
Graeme Mason
Planning & Corporate Affairs Director, Newcastle International Airport
Kevin Robertson
Partner & Head of Newcastle Office, Bond Dickinson LLP
Lisa Hamilton Murray
Assistant Principal, Newcastle College
Louise Hunter
Director of Corporate Affairs, Northumbrian Water
Colin Hewitt
Partner, Head of the Commercial Department, Ward Hadaway Solicitors
Judith Doyle
Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Gateshead College
Abi Kelly
Executive Director of Corporate Affairs, Newcastle University
Nicole Atkin
Head of Business Development, Newcastle United


Adam Serfontein
Chairman & MD, Hanro Group, representing Newcastle NE1 Limited
Andrew Fox
Representing the North East Hotels Association
Jane Tarr
Director, Organisational Resilience and Environmental Sustainability, Arts Council England, North East
Maggie Pavlou
Director, People Gauge Limited, representing the North East England Chamber of Commerce

Chief Executive

NewcastleGateshead Initiative Chief Executive | Sarah Stewart
Sarah Stewart
Chief Executive

Company Secretary

Robin Earl