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Clymene Christoforou – D6: Culture in Transit  (Chair)

Neil Barker – North East England Chamber of Commerce

Professor Eric Cross – Newcastle University

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Eric Cross is Professor of Music and Culture at Newcastle University. He was the founding Director of the Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice and for many years was the University’s Dean of Cultural Affairs. He is currently Principal Investigator for Creative Fuse North East, a major research project bringing together the five North East universities with a range of cultural, creative and digital businesses to explore innovative approaches to creating sustainable businesses. He was closely involved in setting up Newcastle’s Confucius Institute in partnership with Xiamen University in China.

Councillor Veronica Dunn – Newcastle City Council

David Faulkner

David Faulkner

David Faulkner helped establish International Newcastle during his time as Leader of Newcastle City Council. He retired as a councillor in May 2018 after 19 years in total, but continues his international work through the “Newcastles of the World” project and Waka Waka Africa North East, both of which he coordinates. Professionally he worked for many years in the electricity industry and then as regional director for Arts & Business.

Lucy Kendall – COCO

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Lucy is CEO of COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas) an International Charity based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Lucy has worked at COCO for 14 years, working her way up from volunteer to a position of leadership, shaping the development and direction of COCO’s fundraising, governance and project management. Her major interests are led by a passion for international relations, equality, development, poverty alleviation and commitment to accountability.

Lucy advises smaller NGO’s based in the North East, advocating skill sharing, encouraging leadership and increasing aid effectiveness. Lucy regularly takes part in activities for COCO including trekking Mount Kilimanjaro running the Great North Run and Cycling in Maasai Land in Kenya. Lucy is also a board member for International Newcastle and Children North East in addition to being a governor at Fellside Primary School in Wickham.

Lucy studied Urban and Regional Geography at Sheffield Hallam University, after which she completed a Masters in Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa.  In 2015 Lucy graduated from Newcastle University Business School with an MBA with distinction and was the chosen orator at the graduation ceremony.

Craig Moore – Northumbria University

Craig Moore

Associate Dean for Internationalisation for Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences, Northumbria University with responsibility for Internationalisation agenda.

Helen White – Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums



Director – Declan Baharini

Julie Maxwell – Finance Support –



In March 2012, after an initial 12-month development period IN was constituted as a Community Interest Company (CIC). An inaugural board was appointed from among the Steering Group and key partner organisations.

IN could not have been developed without the kind support of people from the following organisations:

  • Advanced Environmental Technologies (AET)
  • British Council
  • Crisis
  • D6: Culture in Transit
  • Live Theatre
  • Newcastle Gateshead Initiative (NGI)
  • Newcastle University
  • North of England Refugee Service (NERS)
  • Northern Stage
  • Northumbria University
  • NUFC Foundation
  • Regional Language Network
  • Regional Refugee Forum
  • Rwandan Association (North East)
  • Theatre Royal
  • The Consular Corps
  • Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums


Supported by IN

Twin City Partnerships

Newcastle has a range of city twinning and partnership relationships with cities in different parts of the world. In Europe: Bergen (Norway), Gelsenkirchen (Germany), Groningen (the Netherlands), Nancy (France) and Malmo (Sweden). In the rest of the world: Atlanta and Little Rock (United States), Haifa (Israel), Newcastle NSW (Australia) and Taiyuan and Zhengzhou (China).

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