The eminent ladies and gentlemen of our board plan and deliver the majority of our events.
In this cosy little corner of our website, you can meet some of the individuals and organisations who are responsible for making sure that the Forum runs smoothly.
If you have a question, or an idea, or just want to find out a little bit more about the Forum (or them), then feel free to get in touch. They’re (nearly) always approachable and friendly. And we are absolutely not responsible for anything they say on Twitter or LinkedIn.
Hollie Morgan Ward Hadaway
Hollie is a Solicitor at Ward Hadaway in the Matrimonial Department and I focus my practice on cases of relationship breakdown. I have experience of advising and assisting on all aspects of family law including divorce, financial remedy proceedings, private law children act proceedings, pre-nuptial agreements and cohabitation contracts/disputes. I started attending NYPF Events when I became a Trainee at Ward Hadaway in 2015. I formally joined the committee in Summer 2016. I have met a range of people through the NYPF who I know will provide invaluable personal and professional support to me in the future.
Ruth Davidson Womble Bond Dickinson
Ruth has been a solicitor in Womble Bond Dickinson's Construction and Engineering team since 2014 specialising in dispute resolution, adjudication and the Technology and Construction Court. Ruth advises a variety of clients including employers, developers, contractors and architects regarding a variety of disputes and contract management issues.
After growing up in Northumberland, Ruth returned to the North East following completion of her undergraduate degree at Lancaster University; she went on to complete her Legal Practice Course and a Masters in Advanced Legal Practice at Northumbria University.
Ruth has been a regular attendee of YPF events for a number of years and a director on the board since 2016; she is also a member of the National Association of Women in Construction and the Society of Construction Law.
Matthew Worton Brewin Dolphin
Matthew is a Portfolio Manager at Brewin Dolphin, managing investment portfolios on behalf of Private Clients, Trusts, Companies and Charities. As current Chair of the Newcastle Young Professionals Forum, Matt is tasked with growing the profile of the group, reaching into a wide variety of sectors and increasing our level of membership. Matt has significant experience of event planning, and has worked with a large number of firms and networking groups across the Newcastle business community. A passionate traveller and amateur sportsman, Matt enjoys cycling, running and five-a-side. Please contact Matt if you would like to work with the YPF on projects, or if you have any questions about the Group.
Thomas Bell Brewin Dolphin
After graduating from Northumbria University with a degree in Finance and Investment Management, Thomas joined the investment management department of Brewin Dolphin in late 2016. Outside of the office, Thomas enjoys travelling (usually on the sofa of a friend from studying abroad) as well as building upon his collection of Supreme and limited-edition trainers.
Jessica Egan Ward Hadaway
I am a trainee solicitor at Ward Hadaway with experience in commercial, commercial contracts, commercial property and employment. I joined the committee in March 2017.
Glen Crowther PwC
Glen is and Audit Manager in PwC's Newcastle office, having joined the firm in 2011 as a part of its school leavers programme.
Glen is responsible for a wide range of clients, from listed companies to charities, and when he's not at work enjoys playing rugby and meeting up with friends at one of Newcastle's many bars and restaurants.
If you have any questions about the group, or are interest in arranging an event with us, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Katherine Simpson Lichfields
Katherine is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and joined Lichfields as a Planner in July 2016 following completion of her Master of Planning Degree at Newcastle University. Katherine now spends the majority of her time working on retail, student accommodation and housing projects.
Katherine’s experience covers planning appraisals, the submission of planning and reserved matters applications (including the preparation of accompanying planning statements), public consultation and preparation of planning appeals for a variety of private and public sector clients. Katherine leads and manages a number of residential and retail based schemes.
Katherine is also involved in the RTPI Young Planners Committee as Committee Secretary, a committee set up to aid, engage and provide opportunities for Young Planners to network.
Pete Mallon North East Times
Pete Mallon is managing director and creative director of North East Times’ print and digital platforms. By publicising the achievements of the individuals, companies and organisations that are impacting the local economy, the aim of North East Times is to showcase the North East as a vibrant and productive place to work and live.
Charlie Muzzlewhite Michael Page
Charlie is a Recruitment Consultant at Michael Page, specialising in Engineering and Manufacturing across the North East. Charlie handles both permanent and temporary recruitment, managing a portfolio of key existing clients whilst developing new business. Within the team Charlie will recruit for a range of positions typically within sectors including Automotive, Food, Print & Packaging, Oil & Gas, FMCG and Manufacturing. Outside of work Charlie has enjoyed travelling across America and Africa and is keen sportsman, currently playing and coaching at Whitley Bay Rockcliff Rugby Club. Please contact Charlie if you if you have any questions about getting in to engineering, recruitment or indeed if you are looking for a rugby club near you.
Nicola Wadsworth Handelsbanken
Nicola is an Individual Banking Manager at Handelsbanken, providing bespoke banking solutions for private banking customers in the Newcastle area. Nicola specialises in providing mortgage solutions for a wide range of clients, including young professionals, business owners and high net worth customers. Outside of work Nicola enjoys running, cycling and spending time with her 1 year old niece. Please feel free to contact Nicola if you require any banking advice or would like to hear more about Handelsbanken.
Tom Clarke Hay & Kilner LLP
Tom is a second year trainee at Hay & Kilner LLP, one of the newest members of the YPF Committee. As a longstanding Newcastle United season ticket holder Tom is passionate about the North East and is looking forward to getting more involved the region’s fastest growing professional network. Having made the switch to law after studying music at Newcastle University, Tom is hoping to organise YPF events that tap into the city’s vibrant cultural scene.
Ben Jackson Hay & Kilner LLP
Ben is a Solicitor in the Corporate and Commercial team at Hay & Kilner LLP, acting for a variety of clients in commercial and transactional matters. With watching and playing sport (to varying standards) accounting for much of his free time, Ben looks to organise NYPF events that bring out members’ competitive sides. A long-suffering Newcastle United fan, Ben takes pride in contributing to the development of the North East’s most exciting professional networking group.
Julia Scott Lycetts Insurance Brokers
Having graduated from the Royal Agricultural University in 2015 with a 2:1 in Rural Business management, Julia moved home to Northumberland to start a career in Farm & Estate Insurance with Lycetts Insurance Brokers. Now 3 years on Julia is half way through completing her Diploma qualifications, along with working with many Farmers in North Northumberland
Jason Maddison Handelsbanken
Jason is an Individual Banking Manager at Handelsbanken, providing bespoke banking solutions for private banking customers in the Newcastle area. Jason specialises in providing mortgage solutions for a wide range of clients, including young professionals, business owners and high net worth customers. Outside of work Jason enjoys participating in a wide range of sports such as football, golf and running as well as the odd social event with friends and family. Please feel free to contact Jason if you require any banking advice or would like to hear more about Handelsbanken.
Claire Westgate Echo Events
Claire Westgate, Head of Events, Echo Events & Association Management
Claire is an experienced Project Manager who specialises in event and association management. She manages the overall delivery of events including client liaison, budget management, marketing, logistics and programme development. She is also responsible for new business and account management.
Echo produces business events for a variety of sectors including finance & legal, medical and critical communications. They are owners of the North East Accountancy Awards and Northern Law Awards. They provide specialist secretariat support for membership associations as well as producing their annual conferences across the UK.
Prior to Echo Claire worked in London for B2B publishing companies EMAP and Centaur Media. Here she organised conferences and events across the UK and Europe for a number of publications including Marketing Week, Retail Week, Architects Journal, The Lawyer and Health Service Journal.
Claire is a full member of the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO).