Our board


John Marshall

Board Directors

Professor Andrew Wathey CBE
Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Northumbria University
Mark Thompson
Director, Ryder Architecture Ltd
Phil Steele
General Manager, Eldon Square Shopping Centre
Michael Spriggs
Chair, Invest Newcastle Advisory Board
Mike Barker
Interim Chief Executive, Gateshead Council
Pat Ritchie
Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council
Emily Cox
Director of Public Affairs, Virgin Money
Andrew Moffat CBE
Chief Executive Officer, Port of Tyne | North East LEP Board Member
Graeme Mason
Planning & Corporate Affairs Director, Newcastle International Airport
Kevin Robertson
Partner & Head of Newcastle Office, Bond Dickinson LLP
Tony Lewin
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
Professor Richard Davies
Pro-Vice Chancellor, Engagement and Internationalisation, Newcastle University
Nicole Atkin
Head of Business Development
Stuart Birkett


Paul Borg
General Manager, Hotel Indigo, 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