I currently work as Head of Operations and Tourism at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, the organisation tasked with promoting this brilliant part of the world to visitors, students, employers, and residents. A huge part of this role focuses on Destination Management or ensuring that the development of the place works for the people that come to visit. It is this that drew me to the Ouseburn Valley and the Trust.

I also look after many of the corporate functions of NGI such as HR, finance and organisational development which I’m also keen to use to support the development of the Trust. I hope to be able to use my connections and skills to link the Valley into the wider destination to ensure its maximising the economic and social benefits that visitors bring. It helps that its one of my favourite places to visit too!

The Valley is a must see for visitors that surprises and delights and I’m keen to support the development of the heritage and tourism offer.