About our Board

Our Board is made up of people with significant international experience, who are passionate about promoting internationalism and impact.

Clymene Christoforou (Chair), D6 Culture in Transit
Cllr Joyce McCarty, Newcastle City Council
Neil Barker, NE England Chamber of Commerce
David Faulkner, Newcastles of the World
Lucy Kendall, COCO Comrades of Children Overseas
Craig Moore, Northumbria University
Dr Jonathan Galloway, Newcastle University

The Board is responsible for agreeing and overseeing the direction and activities of International Newcastle and has been instrumental in the work around the International City Plan and Partnership.

Further details about each Board member are provided below and we will be reviewing membership in 2019-20.

Clymene Christoforou – D6: Culture in Transit Chair

Clymene is a founding member and Executive Director of D6: Culture in Transit, where she oversees programme and arts development, focusing on international collaboration and developing a strong international platform for local engagement. As Chair of International Newcastle, Clymene works to promote internationalism with partners and communities across the city.

Clymene also sits on the Board of Directors for Res Artis, an organisation spanning across 70 countries dedicated to the value of residential art programmes. She is also an active member of Culture Action Europe and through her position she advocates putting art and culture at the heart of public debate and decision-making. She has put this into practice through her work as trainer for Culture Bridges, a British Council Initiative to develop cultural partnerships between the UK and Ukraine, and in her role as Lead Expert for Pilot Cities, a project that helps cities to develop their sustainable development and cultural policies.

Councillor Joyce McCarty – Newcastle City Council
Councillor Joyce McCarty has been an elected member of Newcastle City Council since 1994. She represents the Wingrove constituency.  She is also Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Resources.  She shares international responsibilities with the Leader of the Council and is an advocate of internationalism and Newcastle as an open, welcoming city with a strong international outlook and ambitions.

Neil Barker – North East Chamber of Commerce


Neil is a Council Member of the North East England Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the NewcastleGateshead branch of the Chamber, working to support businesses and promote a stronger economy. The NEE Chamber is the region’s largest business membership organisation, representing 3000 businesses.  Neil is also an architect of 40 years experience and Director and owner of emBarkArchitecture, a RIBA Chartered Practice.

David Faulkner – Newcastles of the World

David Faulkner helped establish International Newcastle during his time as Leader of Newcastle City Council and has been a Board member since its inception in 2012. He retired as an elected member of the Council in May 2018 after 19 years.  He continues his international work, in particular through the Newcastles of the World initiative and Waka Waka Africa North East. Professionally, he worked for many years in the electricity industry and then as Regional Director for Arts & Business.

Lucy Kendall – COCO

Lucy Kendall

Lucy is Chief Executive of COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas), an international charity based in Newcastle, which supports communities in East Africa.   COCO provides sustainable sources of quality education to children living in poor and marginalised communities and runs the Schools for Life project in East Africa.  Lucy is also Board member of Children North East, school governor and advises smaller NGO’s based in the North East, advocating skill sharing, encouraging leadership and increasing aid effectiveness.

Craig Moore – Northumbria University


Craig is the Associate Dean for Internationalisation for Northumbria University‘s Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences.  Craig has  responsibility for Internationalisation agenda. This includes international student recruitment, exchanges and international curriculum development. He also has responsibility for regional business development, enterprise activities and liaison with external organisations.

Dr Jonathan Galloway – Newcastle University

Jonathan is Newcastle University‘s Associate Dean for Internationalisation and Strategic Projects, based in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.  He joined Newcastle Law School in 2005 has extensive experience of working with international partners across the world.  He is a Board member of the Confucius Institute, developed with Newcastle and Xiamen University and joined the Board of International Newcastle in 2018.


Meet our Director

Declan Baharini

Declan Baharini photo for web 2017

Declan took on the role of Director of International Newcastle in October 2018. She is passionate about internationalism and has 25 years of experience in collaborative working, policy and partnership development, lobbying and advocacy at local, regional, national and European levels.

She has a strong track record of delivering transformational change through partnership working across the public, private, voluntary and community sectors within the North East of England and with other European regions.

Declan was a European policy adviser for 8 years, working with politicians representing the region in European policy discussions, including Committee of the Regions, Assembly of European Regions, Council of Europe and Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions, as well as developing and supporting a series of international projects.

She was part of the European Capital of Culture team and was engaged in extensive community and sector consultation, as well as developing the international strategy with partners.

She then worked as a Local Strategic Partnership Manager in Wansbeck for 5 years, bringing partners and resources together to tackle the causes and impacts of deprivation on local communities, before going freelance in 2009.

As a freelancer, she has worked with extensively with cultural sector (including supporting the groundbreaking partnership of NewcastleGateshead Cultural Venues for 9 years), on regional initiatives (Creative Fuse North East, Family Explorers NE, Inspiring Partnerships) and with the voluntary sector, delivering focussed support around policy and partnership development, evaluation and capacity building.