The Case for Culture North East

Board Members

The NECP Board consists of members from the public sector, the cultural and historic environment, universities and colleges, business and the voluntary sector. It brings together arts and heritage partners from across the North East of England.

Co-Chairs

NECP Co-Chair

Jane Robinson
Interim Chief Executive
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NECP Co-Chair

Cllr. Graeme Miller
Leader, Sunderland City Council
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ANEC Chief Executives with lead responsibility for Culture:

Sunderland City Council

Patrick Melia
Chief Executive Sunderland City Council
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Local authority members on the NECP Board:

Darlington

Councillor Heather Scott
Portfolio holder for Leisure and Local Environment
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Durham

Cllr. Amanda Hopgood
Leader of Durham County Council
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Gateshead

Councillor Angela Douglas
Cabinet Member, Culture, Sport and Leisure
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Hartlepool

Cllr. Tim Fleming
Headland and Harbour Ward
timbo.fleming@hotmail.co.uk

Middlesbrough

Councillor Mieka Smiles
Executive Member for Culture and Communities at Middlesbrough Council
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Newcastle

Cllr. John Paul-Stephenson
Cabinet Member for Public Health and Culture
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North Tyneside

Councillor Sarah Day
Cabinet Member responsible for Leisure, Culture and Tourism
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Northumberland

Jeffrey Watson
Cabinet Member for Healthy Lives
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Redcar and Cleveland

Cllr. Louise Westbury
Head of Culture & Tourism
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South Tyneside

Councillor Joan Atkinson
Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety
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Stockton on Tees

Councillor Jim Beall
Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Leisure and Culture
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Sunderland

Councillor Linda Williams
Executive Cabinet Member for Vibrant City
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Stakeholder members on the NECP Board:

Dance City

Anand Bhatt
Chief Executive
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Dig Adventures

Lisa Westcott Wilkins
Co-Founder & Managing Director
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Freelance Arts Consultant

Keith Bartlett
Freelance Arts Consultant
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Ladies of Midnight Blue

Hannabiell Sanders
Director
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NARC Magazine

Claire Dupree
Editor
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NECP Co-Chair

Jane Robinson
Dean of Engagement and Place, Newcastle University
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New Writing North

Claire Malcolm
Chief Executive
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North East Tourism Alliance

Michelle Gorman
Chair
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Northern Heartlands

Jill Cole
Director
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Sunderland University

Graeme Thompson
Pro Vice-Chancellor
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Teesside University

Sharon Paterson
Associate Director for Culture and Engagement at MIMA and Teesside University
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TFI Events

Kam Chera
Business Development Executive
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Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

Keith Merrin
Director
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Woodhorn Charitable Trust

Rowan Brown
Chief Executive
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Observers of the NECP Board:

Arts Council England

Jane Tarr
Director, Organisational Resilience, Environmental Sustainability and Newcastle Arts Council England
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Heritage Lottery Fund

Ivor Crowther
Head of Heritage Lottery Fund North East
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Historic England

Trevor Mitchell
Regional Director North East and Yorkshire
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Partnership Managers:

Matthew Jarratt

After studying in the region and working as an artist for some ten years Matthew joined Northern Arts, Arts Council England in 1998. He fulfilled various roles, such as Visual Arts Officer, Senior Manager and director of in-house public art agency Commissions North.

In 2010, Matthew took on an International Partnerships Manager role at the North East England Office, Brussels. After leaving Art Council England in 2013 Matthew established his own cultural consultancy, developing public art commissions with private sector clients around the UK and curating a number contemporary art exhibitions in China. In 2013 Matthew started managing the North East Culture Partnership within the Association of North East Councils.

In 2014, Matthew established a new north east visual arts venue, Cheeseburn Sculpture with Joanna Riddell. Matthew is a board member with Theatre Hullabaloo, Land of Oak and Iron and the Royal Society of British Sculptors.

Teresa Kirby

After graduating in Cell Biology and Biochemistry at the University of York, Teresa spent two years as a PhD immunology student of University College London. On moving to the North East in 1988, she took her career in a different direction, helping organisations in Newcastle to secure over £100m of European funding. She first joined a consultancy for 2 years, advising 20 UK universities on European funding. Teresa then spent the first 7 years of the 1990s working for Newcastle City Council as a European Liaison Officer, advising the Council, Newcastle College, local businesses and 100 voluntary sector organisations on European funding. Teresa then joined Northumbria University and, during the 15 years undertook various roles, such as Deputy Director of the Regional and European Office.

After leaving Northumbria University in 2012, Teresa decided to combine her personal interests in culture by seeking a further career change, into the arts. She spent 9 months as the Development Co-ordinator at Tyne and Wear Archives Museums. Teresa then joined Newcastle City Council in a variety of roles such as: European funding, Economic Adviser and now as a Programme Manager for the Sustainable Urban Development European Regional Development Fund programme. As of 2015 Teresa now works a Partnership Manager for the North East Culture Partnership, where she manages the international and funding portfolios. In 2015, Teresa led a delegation from the North East to the Ruhr valley in Germany and, in 2016, conducted a major international survey which showed that the NE’s arts and heritage sector works with one-third of the world.

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