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PremierLeague-News.Com - This is our annual run-down of the movers and shakers in North East public life
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! ChronicleLive and The Journal are today publishing the latest edition of our Most Influential list, an annual guide to the movers and shakers of the North East. This year's list includes more than 200 people who we think are making a real difference to the life of the region as we emerge from the pandemic and try to re-build our economy. The list covers a range of sectors, with business, politics and local government represented heavily, but also figures from sectors including sport, food and drink, charities and religion. The list, by its very nature, is subjective but it has been drawn together with guidance from a panel of experts. Some people might disagree with some of those we have chosen, and with some of those we’ve omitted but we hope that the people on our list help make the North East a better place in which to live and work. * Most Influential is sponsored by Different Narrative Graeme WhitfieldDAVID ALEXANDER (education) Mr Alexander was last year appointed as CEO and principal at Gateshead College. He had previously worked in further education and local government in Scotland.ShareGraeme WhitfieldJOY ALLEN (public sector/politics)Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham and Darlington Joy Allen (Image: Tom Banks)ShareGraeme WhitfieldMAURICIO ARMELLINI (business)Mr Armellini has been North East agent for the Bank of England since 2014. A native of Uruguay, he has worked for the Government Economic Service since 2008, including a spell at the Department for Work and a secondment to the North East LEP.ShareGraeme WhitfieldLUCY ARMSTRONG (business)Ms Armstrong is chief executive of The Alchemists and chair of the Port of Tyne. She also holds a number of non-executive roles in the region and further afield.ShareGraeme WhitfieldKENNY ATKINSON (food and drink)The chef patron of House of Tides in Newcastle won Michelin stars at restaurants in the Isles of Scilly and County Durham before opening his own restaurant on the Quayside and repeating the feat there. With his wife Abbie he is opening the nearby restaurant Solstice. (Image: newcastle chronicle)ShareGraeme WhitfieldIAN BAGGETT (business/property)Mr Baggett is CEO of Newcastle property company Adderstone Group, as well as being a board director of North East firms OpenWorks Engineering and Turbo Power Systems. He is chair of the employability group at HMP Northumberland.ShareGraeme WhitfieldAMANDA BAILEY (charity/community) Ms Bailey is director of the North East Child Poverty Commission. She has become a prominent voice in the cost-of-living debate.Amanda Bailey, director, North East Child Poverty Commission (Image: Christopher Owens)ShareGraeme WhitfieldGORDON BANHAM (business)As group chief executive of Hargreaves Services, Mr Banham has led the County Durham firm’s transition away from coal to becoming a company delivering services to the land, industrial and environmental sectors. He led a management buyout of the firm in 2004 and its flotation on the London Stock Exchange the following year. ShareGraeme WhitfieldHARRY BANKS (business)Mr Banks is chairman and chief executive of Banks Group, which has a range of operations in property development, renewable and flexible energy generation and storage, mineral extraction and infrastructure services. The company has ended its involvement in coal mining.ShareGraeme WhitfieldJAMES BARKER (business)Mr Barker is managing director of Barker and Stonehouse. He is the third generation of his family to lead the Teesside furniture retailer, which has stores across the North East and further afield, plus a growing ecommerce division.Barker and Stonehouse managing director James Barker (Image: Evening Gazette)ShareGraeme WhitfieldSOPHIE BARLEY (media)Ms editor of ChronicleLive, Ms Barley leads the digital output of The Chronicle and Journal’s Newcastle newsrooms. She has previously worked at newspapers in Scarborough and Middlesbrough.ShareGraeme WhitfieldDAME MARGARET BARBOUR (business)One of the best known names in North East business, Dame Margaret is chairman of J Barbour and Sons Ltd, a firm she has helped run for more than 50 years. She is known for her significant philanthropic efforts, having set up the Barbour Foundation in 1988.Dame Margaret Barbour (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)ShareGraeme WhitfieldARNAB BASU (business)Mr Basu is chief executive of Kromek Group, which has its base in County Durham and has been named one the UK’s most innovative companies. He is a deputy lieutenant for County Durham.ShareGraeme WhitfieldIAN BEAUMONT (business)Accountancy group KPMG appointed Mr Beaumont as its Newcastle senior partner last year. He has worked for the company since 2014, specialising in private enterprise and family businesses.ShareGraeme WhitfieldMATT BEETON (business)Mr Beeton became chief executive of the Port of Tyne in 2019, following a 20-year career in transport.
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.Matt Beeton, who has been named as the new CEO of Port of Tyne (Image: Averill Photography)ShareGraeme WhitfieldJIM BEIRNE (charity/community)Mr Beirne was the long-time chief executive of Newcastle’s Live Theatre during a time of artistic success and physical expansion. Since retiring he has become chair of Urban Green Newcastle and the Tyneside Cinema.ShareGraeme WhitfieldSIR DAVID BELL (education)Sir David joined Sunderland University as vice chancellor in 2018 after a career that included spells as Newcastle’s director of education and libraries, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools and permanent secretary at the Department of Education. Sir David is also the non-executive chair of Northern housing group Karbon Homes. Sunderland University Vice Chancellor Sir David Bell KCB Picture: DAVID WOODShareGraeme WhitfieldSTEPHEN BELL (community/charity)Mr Bell has led Changing Lives, one of the North East’s largest and most influential, for 20 years. He has received a number of honours for his work with homeless people and has sat on the boards of a number of local and national voluntary groups.ShareGraeme WhitfieldDEAN BENSON (business)The chief executive of Teesside technology firm Visualsoft has seen his company grow to be a major force in eCommerce nationally. He is on the board of governors at Teesside University and the Entrepreneurs’ Forum.Dean Benson, CEO and founder of Visualsoft (Image: CAL CAREY PHOTOGRAPHER)ShareGraeme WhitfieldLIZ BLACKSHAW (business/community)Ms Blackshaw was appointed as Northern regional secretary for the TUC last year. She had previously worked for the International Transport Workers’ Federation and has a wealth of experience in campaigning within the trade union movement.ShareGraeme WhitfieldPAUL BLAKE (sport)As long-term owner of the Newcastle Eagles, Mr Blake has led probably the most successful North East sports team of recent years. That work has included the creation of a dedicated stadium for the Eagles in the west end of Newcastle.ShareGraeme WhitfieldCAROL BOTTEN (charity/community)Ms Botten has been chief executive of Vonne, the umbrella organisation for the North East voluntary sector, since 2018. She is a board member of the North East LEP.Carol BottenShareGraeme WhitfieldMATT BOYLE (business)A veteran of the North East automotive sector, Mr Boyle holds a number of roles, including chair of the North East Automotive Alliance, professor of practice at Newcastle University and chair of the Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centres. He is also chair of trustees at the Common Room of the Great North. ShareGraeme WhitfieldLIZ BROMLEY (education)Ms Bromley has been chief executive of NCG, Newcastle College’s parent organisation, since 2019. She is board member of the North East LEP’s growth board.ShareGraeme WhitfieldNICK BROWN (politics)The North East’s longest-serving MP, Mr Brown has represented Newcastle East since 1983. He held a number of ministerial roles during the last Labour government and served as Labour’s chief whip under its last four permanent leaders.Newcastle East MP Nick Brown (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)ShareGraeme WhitfieldSIR JOHN BURN (health/education)Sir John is one of the region’s best known academics in his role as professor of clinical genetics at Newcastle University. He is also chair of the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.ShareGraeme WhitfieldTHE RIGHT REVEREND PAUL BUTLER (religion)Bishop Butler is one of the most senior clerics in the Church of England, having been Bishop of Durham since 2014. He has been an outspoken critic of the Government’s Universal Credit programme and campaigns regularly on matters relating to child poverty.The Bishop of Durham Rev Paul Butler (Image: newcastle chronicle)ShareGraeme WhitfieldBISHOP ROBERT BYRNE (religion)The Roman Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle was appointed in 2019. He entered the priesthood in 1980. (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)ShareGraeme WhitfieldFRANS CALJE (business)Mr Calje has been chief executive of Teesport operator PD Ports Group since 2017, having worked for the company since 2008. The last year has seen the company’s equity owners Brookfield abandon a sale and reaffirm its commitment to the firm.Frans Calje, CEO of PD Ports (Image: Gazette)ShareGraeme WhitfieldPAUL CALLAGHAN (business)Chairman of The Leighton Group, Mr Callaghan is an influential voice across a number of sectors and a champion of the artistic scene in Sunderland. He is a past High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear.Share
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