An experienced and innovative business professional operating at board level across a broad range of organisations, Sarah is chief executive of NewcastleGateshead Initiative and NGI Solutions. Awarded an OBE for services to the North East economy in the 2016 New Year’s Honours, Sarah has an impressive track record in leading a wide range of regional transformation projects.
Her early career included roles in marketing and business development at organisations such as Proctor & Gamble, Price Waterhouse and Sage plc, before Sarah delivered a range of high-profile public / private sector management consultancy assignments for Work Wise North East, One North East, Newcastle Science City and The ASPIRE Partnership. Sarah has led the team at NewcastleGateshead Initiative since 2010 in its award-winning work to promote NewcastleGateshead nationally and internationally to leisure visitors, business visitors and inward investors and during that time has strengthened the organisation’s mandate, developed new funding streams and maintained strong private-sector commitment from over 170 private-sector partners. In 2011 she was also appointed to the board of national tourist board VisitEngland and in 2013 to the North Area Council of Arts Council England.
Sarah brings this wealth of strategic leadership, change management, marketing and business development experience and expertise to NGI Solutions projects – providing bespoke consultancy, strategic direction and high-level project leadership.