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Chris Dawson

Chris Dawson

Business Growth Adviser - West Northumberland


01670 719 911
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Chris has worked with start-up and early stage businesses for 10 years with organisations such as Newcastle Council, Entrust and SES, providing assistance in all aspects of business and specialising in social media, online marketing and the social enterprise sector. Chris will be the first point of contact for businesses in West Northumberland and his expertise is available to all businesses in Northumberland.

Rachel Harrison

Rachel Harrison

Business Growth Adviser - South East Northumberland


01670 528 422
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Rachel has a background in business development and talent attraction, having worked with businesses of all sizes in the North East and Yorkshire regions for several years offering business support including designing and managing STE(A)M activity, youth engagement and recruitment. Rachel will be the first point of contact for businesses in the South East Northumberland area and her expertise is available to all businesses in Northumberland.

Lucy Cansfield

Lucy Cansfield

Programme Manager - Maternity Leave


01670 528 453
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Lucy is the ERDF Programme Manager responsible for the successful management and delivery of Business Northumberland. Lucy is an experienced Programme Manager and has previously managed the successful delivery of the iNorthumberland business support programme. The programme supported over 300 businesses and created jobs in the local area. Lucy has been with Advance Northumberland for 4 years and prior to this managed a range diverse localization projects from receipt to delivery, for a wide range of high profile international and UK-based clients.

Lois Brentnall

Lois Brentnall

Interim Programme Manager


01670 719 917
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Lois is responsible for the successful management and delivery of Business Northumberland during Lucy's maternity leave. Lois has a background in Business Development and Project Management and previously worked for Carillion and British Gas, developing energy efficiency programmes and managing the customer journey from lead receipt through to claim.

Heather Newton

Heather Newton

Marketing and Events Coordinator


01670 528 453
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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.

Trainers

Lara Mellor

Lara Mellor

Lara Mellor Training and Consultancy - Microsoft Office


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. She always encourages questions from delegates to make sure they get the most of their time and leave the course with the skills to apply their new knowledge to their own businesses. She moved to the North East 3 years ago from the outskirts of London.

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