NewcastleGateshead Initiative has appointed three new members of staff as the organisation continues its work to inspire people to visit, and to live, learn, work and invest in the region.
The Invest Newcastle team has welcomed recent graduate Kiran Ohri as Marketing and Communications Assistant. She will be supporting all marketing and communications activity that promotes Newcastle and Gateshead as a place to locate and grow a business.
Kiran studied for an Entertainment Business Management Degree in Leeds, graduating with first-class honours in August. Her university thesis was on the socio-economic value of live music in NewcastleGateshead, showing her passion for the region and its success. Her previous role was as a Marketing and Communications Assistant at Academy Music Group / Live Nation where she was responsible for creating and managing social media campaigns for both the O2 Academy and the O2 City Hall.
Molly Lymn joins NGI as Marketing and Communications Assistant as part of the leisure tourism team. She will play a key role in the marketing of the Citylife Business Support webinars as well as generally supporting the marketing and communications team in its wider work to promote NewcastleGateshead on a national and international stage.
Molly graduated this summer having studied BA Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield. After graduating she interned in the fundraising and marketing department of London-based women’s charity, Baytree Centre before starting at NewcastleGateshead Initiative. Having moved back home after university Molly is excited by how much the region has developed and grown and is looking forward to promoting it as part of her new role.
Laura Freer is stepping into the role of Project Manager for the Explorer’s Road – a Discover England Fund initiative launched to capitalise on the popularity of touring routes in international markets. The project is currently focused around post-Covid tourism recovery and adapting The Explorer’s Road – a 500km route between Scotland and London – to appeal more to domestic markets.
Laura has held various tourism roles throughout her career. In the past she has worked for the National Railway Museum and Make It York and prior to joining NGI she was managing private hire and group meetings and events travel for London North Eastern Railway (LNER). As part of this, Laura worked closely with destinations on the east coast rail line, including Newcastle, and she is enjoying being able to reconnect with people through her new role.