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  • Meet the Team

    Meet the Team

Our Team Members

Emma is equipped with business development and commercial acumen skills. Emma was involved in the iNorthumberland programme, has worked in large commercial organisations and also a FTSE 100 wealth management company. Emma is the first point of contact for South East Northumberland.

Emma Giazitzoglu

Business Growth Adviser - South East Northumberland
Lesley is dedicated to enabling businesses in the North East to grow and thrive. She brings experience in the delivery of Recruitment and Marketing strategy and planning, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement projects, Customer Acquisition and Retention, Business Development and Support, HR and workforce planning. Lesley is the first point of contact for West Northumberland.

Lesley Gordon

Business Growth Adviser - West Northumberland
Rachel has a passion for helping businesses in the North East to develop and grow. After working in the tourism sector in Northumberland for several years, with experience in sales, business development and marketing. Rachel will be the first point of contact for businesses in the North Northumberland area and her expertise is available to all businesses in Northumberland.

Rachel Williamson

Business Growth Adviser - North Northumberland
Lucy is the ERDF Programme Manager responsible for the successful management and delivery of Business Northumberland. Lucy is an experienced Programme Manager and has been managing the Business Northumberland since its start in 2015, prior to that she managed the successful delivery of the iNorthumberland business support programme. Lucy has been with Advance Northumberland for 7 years.

Lucy Evermore

Programme Manager
Heather is responsible for planning and organising Business Northumberland events. As well as development of the website, social media presence and developing programme related marketing material. Heather has a background in events management and previously worked for an accountancy firm.

Heather Newton

Marketing and Events Coordinator

Trainers & Coaches

Lara has been a Microsoft trainer for over 20 years and has run her own training business for 18 of these. She has run training courses for large corporate clients like Sainsburys and Beazley Insurance but also for small micro businesses and everyone in-between. She provides a friendly training environment to put attendees at their ease and facilitate learning. 

Lara Mellor

Lara Mellor Training and Consultancy - Microsoft Office
Amy is a Digital Trainer with over 3 years of experience delivering commercial and funded programmes for SMEs and larger corporate marketing teams, as well as half a decade of experience in the industry and world of digital marketing itself. Having owned her own business in previous years - providing marketing services to companies across the North East - Amy is passionate about dispelling the myths and misconceptions surrounding digital marketing.

Digital Allies - Amy Stockdale

Digital Allies - Digital Marketing Strategy, Social Media, Ecommerce, Websites and SEO

The Transmit team are a consultancy business located in Gateshead. The consultancy was set up by people who have been through the pains that start-ups and scale-ups go through so know first hand the trials of a small business. 

With a wealth of trainers to support you and your business.


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