Newcastle Gateshead Initiative names chief executive

Newcastle Gateshead Initiative has named Sarah Stewart as its new chief executive.

Newcastle Gateshead Initiative names chief executive
Newcastle Gateshead Initiative names chief executive
Stewart has been performing the role since May 2010, when she was appointed as interim head of the tourism organisation.   

The initiative aims to grow the twin cities’ leisure and business tourism and is supporting the bid for an international conference and exhibition centre in the area.  

Stewart said: "Despite the difficult times for tourism in recent months, Newcastle Gateshead Initiative is now in a very strong position, having secured continued support from Gateshead and Newcastle Councils and our member companies. Major projects include maximising the tourism opportunities from the Olympics and continued support for the conference centre bid."  

Stewart was formerly interim director for Newcastle Science City.      

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