Katy is currently the Head of Sport & Exercise at Northumbria University, Katy brings a huge amount of knowledge about the sport and physical activity landscape given her roles at the University but also previously at the Youth Sport Trust, through her role on the BUCS Board, and also as an international rugby player.
Graeme’s background is within Marketing, after studying business and specialising in marketing at University, he embarked on a career in which he now has over 25 years of professional experience across the full marketing spectrum.
The vast majority of this time has been spent with Greggs where he led the marketing team as Head of Customer & Marketing for last 8 years; seeing the brand win a number of high profile awards for the quality of its marketing and growing significantly to become recognised as one of the most loved brands within the UK.
Graeme is now Director of Marketing for a fast growing start-up business, ‘Tea-Venture’. The company is based in the North East, but retails across the globe through both digital and physical channels
Nic is the Group Treasurer of Newcastle Building Society and a Committee Member at the Bank of England.
She is a graduate of Nottingham Law School (1995) who moved into the world of Treasury in 1997. AMCT qualified having been highlighted as being a “One to Watch” in 2014 by the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
She is a committed advocate of change within the workplace and society and has extensive experience in the financial sector.
A keen sports person, engaging in rowing, skiing and tennis to international standard and always willing to try anything new in the pursuit of well being and changing perceptions!
Steve has 20 years of Human Resources experience working for Procter and Gamble and The IBM Corporation in the UK and in Europe. He is Managing Director of Duncan HR a Human Resources consultancy company and provides advice and help in all aspects of the employment, growth and development, organisation structure and design and management of people.
Matthew has worked for Ward Hadaway for 10 years, advising on company and commercial law and in April of 2017 he was admitted as a Partner of the firm. He provides advice to a number of international group companies and listed businesses within the region, along with not for profit and charitable organisations, this work often involves advice on corporate governance requirements and best practice.
He is passionate about sport and physical activity and encouraging others to become more physically active. A dedicated long-distance runner, he holds several leadership / coaching qualifications and is a founding member of the ‘Couch to 5k’ running group at Ward Hadaway.
Matthew is a fervent advocate of the North East and is committed to playing a part in making the region an attractive place for business to flourish and individuals to live and work. He believes that sport and physical activity have an extremely important role to play in the development of the region
Patrick has a joint role of Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion with Northumberland County Council and Northumbria NHS Healthcare Trust and has worked in Northumberland for the NHS in various guises for over 20 years. His background is in management of public health programmes, community development and community engagement programmes and working with marginalised communities including Deaf and Hard of Hearing and LGBT communities.
He is also experienced in developing partnership initiatives to improve health and wellbeing with Local Authorities, the VCS and Third Sector and the private sector including national pilots such as the Department of Health Teenage Health Demonstration Site programme. He sits on two national advisory boards; one concerning the development of Sexual Orientation Monitoring Programmes and on a national research steering group measuring the impact of LGBT staff network groups.
He is a keen runner and swimmer and is a qualified Leader in Running and Fitness . His role as Vice Chair of North NE Active Partnership enables him to ensure that the continued promotion of health and wellbeing is maximised through the further development of partnerships to improve both the commissioning and delivery of physical activity programmes in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.
“I believe that participating in physical activity at whatever level, gives people a significant boost to their physical, emotional and mental health. In the NHS we see the results of inactivity and understand the burden this places on local services, carers and most importantly on the individuals themselves. If we can prevent ill health developing or help to mitigate the effects of long term conditions by encouraging the inactive to be active”
Andrew founded Connect in 1989 with the aim of providing the highest level of care to people with musculoskeletal (MSK) problems.
He qualified as a physiotherapist from Northumbria University in 1985 and worked at Edinburgh’s main teaching hospital, The Royal Infirmary, for three years. He returned to Newcastle to take up a post in Sports Medicine.
Andrew combines his clinical expertise and commercial experience to develop innovative new ways to meet patient needs and commissioners’ budgets. A passionate believer in the value of effective physiotherapy practice, he is an active member of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and a regular contributor to the development of improvements in professional practice.
Andrew is delighted to be a Visiting Professor of Leeds Beckett University and a Trustee of Ways to Wellness, a charity in the West of Newcastle.