The board of organisations that plan and deliver our events.
In this corner of our website, you can meet some of the 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, then feel free to get in touch.
Ward Hadaway is one of the UK's Top 100 law firms with offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester. As a firm they employ more than 450 people and provide a full range of legal services to clients across the private and public sectors as well as bespoke advice to individuals. Ward Hadaway is rated as one of the leading law firms in the country by independent legal guides Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners and has acknowledged national experts across a wide range of specialist areas.
Womble Bond Dickinson
Womble Bond Dickinson is a full-service transatlantic law firm, created on 1 November 2017, from the combination of UK law firm Bond Dickinson and US firm Womble Carlyle. The new combined firm is now amongst the Top 100 law firms globally and a Top 20 UK law firm.
In the UK, WBD has more than 120 partners and 500 lawyers based in eight major cities across the country including in London, Bristol, Plymouth, Southampton, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
Brewin Dolphin is an independently-owned Wealth Management company listed on the London FTSE 250. The team's investment managers work together with financial planners to provide a holistic approach to managing their clients’ wealth. Brewin Dolphin's financial planners and investment experts can their clients to achieve personal and financial ambitions.
Lichfields have maintained a significant presence in the North East for over 25 years and offers practical and robust planning support for house builders, commercial developers, and local authorities as well as land owners and investors. Thanks to their expertise, landmarks, visitor attractions, complex infrastructure projects, and thousands of homes are built every year.
North East Times
North East Times produces 11 high-quality printed magazines a year that are distributed to businesses leaders and influencers and key business and lifestyle locations across the North East and beyond. Each 100-plus page North East Times is carefully themed to reflect the region’s economic landscape and combines in- depth interviews and profiles, informed opinion pieces and essential business advice from some of the most successful and emerging business talent with links to the North East.
Hay & Kilner LLP
Hay & Kilner LLP is one of the leading commercial, full service law firms in the North East of England, advising across an extensive range of practice areas – both business and personal. Founded in 1946, H&K has over 100 lawyers and staff across two North East offices, specialising in diverse fields from Corporate and Commercial through to Private Capital and Family.
Lycetts Insurance Brokers
Lycetts have almost 60 years’ experience insuring estates, farms and rural businesses. Lycetts also provides bespoke financial services, household, commercial and bloodstock insurance and risk management advice.
As well as the head office in Newcastle and capital city offices in London and Edinburgh, offices are situated in rural or market towns ensuring the company is firmly rooted in the communities they serve.
Echo Events & Association Management is a professional events and association management company delivering specialist services for clients in the UK and Internationally. Providing the depth of skill and experience of a large organisation with the personal touch of a smaller company, Echo's emphasis is on delivering exceptional levels of customer service for clients, their members and their delegates. The team have gained experience from around the globe and work across sectors including healthcare, professional services and critical communications.
Handelsbanken is a local relationship bank, built on satisfied customers, financial strength and traditional values. The team invests time to get to know their customers, and aim to provide the best service they can; giving sound advice, taking sensible decisions in the branch and creating unique solutions to match customers’ needs.
Page Group is an internationally recognised recruitment business that operates through four key brands: Page Executive, Michael Page, Page Personnel & Page Outsourcing. The company employs over 7,500 people in 36 countries with specialised recruitment teams operating across 25 disciplines. The Newcastle office supports business across the North East within Finance, HR, Engineering & Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing, IT, Procurement & Supply Chain and Executive searches.
Young Charity Professionals
The Young Charity Professional Network is an emerging peer led community that exists to celebrate, support and amplify the voice of Young Charity Professionals. Co-founder Abi Lunn is Policy and Communications Support Officer at Voluntary Organisations Network North East (VONNE), the membership body of charities and social enterprises in the region. Emma Kane is the fellow co-founder. Day to day, she is the Fundraising Officer at Concern: the Mental Health and Wellbeing Group. Concern supports people facing mental health challenges.