Bob Paton, CBE (Chair of Board of Trustees)Bob Paton retired from being a Managing Director within the Technology sector of Accenture in July 2016.
Bob worked for Accenture for 23 years; during which he specialised in the implementation and support of large scale IT systems. At Accenture Bob was responsible for the apprenticeship programme.
Prior to joining Accenture, Bob spent 20 years as a Civil Servant, 13 of which were spent working in IT.
In 2015 Bob was the recipient of the 2015 British Computer Society Outstanding Contribution to the Profession award.
In the 2016 New Year’s Honours List Bob was awarded the CBE in recognition of his work in the North East on skills and apprenticeships.
Bob’s current roles also include Vice Chair of Dynamo, the North-East IT Network
Bob is from the North East of England and following his retirement, he and his wife operate a six-acre organically certified fruit and vegetable smallholding in Northumberland.
Daniel Sydes, North East Futures UTCDan is the Principal Designate of North East Futures UTC. His former role was that of Vice-Principal at UTC Reading in Berkshire - an oversubscribed UTC with an Ofsted rating of 'outstanding'.

Daniel's teaching specialism subject is Computer Science.
Nicola Chapman, SCHOOLS North EastNicola Chapman is the Marketing and Communications Officer for SCHOOLS NorthEast, the first and only school-led regional network in the UK. She has spent seven years working in the third sector, previously working at East Durham Business Service (EDBS) in Peterlee and, prior to joining SCHOOLS NorthEast, Nicola worked in the Marketing department of Newcastle University Students’ Union (NUSU), building up an excellent knowledge of Marketing to diverse audiences, engaging with the media and promoting the complex work of a charity.

Nicola has a keen interest in the Education sector, with a particular interest in promoting career opportunities and instilling ambition in school children in the North East.
Professor Michael Whitaker, Newcastle University (Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Educational Standards Sub-Committee)Michael is Emeritus Professor of Physiology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University. He was educated in Cambridge and moved to the North East of England in 1994 via a chair at University College London.
From 2000, Michael was closely involved in forming and delivering the North East regional strategy in the Healthcare and Life Sciences, particularly in the areas of ageing, stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.
He coordinates the regional pharma manufacturing initiative, FirstforPharma. He has been active nationally at the Wellcome Trust and has acted as secretary of the British Society for Cell Biology.
He is a Fellow of the Society of Biology, the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, the Marine Biological Association and of the Academy of Medical Sciences. In addition he is a board member of Centre for Excellence in Life Sciences (Bionow – an organisation that connects Life Science companies in the North), the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult and a trustee of the Marine Biological Association. He is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Centre for Process Industries, a subsidiary of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. He advises CPI’s National Biologics Manufacturing Centre.
He is also managing director of a community interest company, HealthyLife Sim CIC, which raises awareness of the causes, consequences and remedies for health inequalities, particularly in disadvantaged communities. He also holds directorships in four companies in the energy sector and a life sciences consultancy.
Professor Gary Holmes B.A.(Lond) M.Sc.(Oxon)Professor Holmes has recently retired as Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sunderland where he was responsible for Academic Governance, Research management and Educational partnerships.
He has worked in higher education in four different Universities since 1980 and before that taught French in Hertfordshire. His specialist field is Educational Leadership and in addition to his teaching and research he has trained practitioners on many regional and national initiatives including Teacher Appraisal, Local Management of Schools, Leadership programmes for serving Heads and the early stages of the National Professional Headteacher Qualification.
He has been a governor for nearly 30 years and is currently Vice-Chair of Ponteland High School, Corporation Member at TyneMet College and Vice Chair of Trustees at UTC South Durham.
Gary has enjoyed his international work in particular, and has fond memories of ten summer schools as Visiting Professor of Educational Administration in British Columbia as well as consultancies for the Foreign Office Know-How fund and the British Council in Poland and Romania. He is committed to the UTC vision and notes the positive impact which high quality technical education has had on the economies of many of our international competitors.
Alison Shaw MA, Vice-President NFER, North East Futures Director of Education and StrategyAfter graduating from Leeds University in Modern Foreign Languages, Alison taught in France for two years, at the Ecole Normale in Montpellier and then at the University of Lyon.

After returning to Leeds, where she undertook her PGCE, she taught Modern Foreign Languages in a number of schools in Yorkshire and the North East. She has worked on the Senior Leadership Team of three North East schools, including 11 years as Principal, taking a school in extreme challenging circumstances to a ‘good’ Ofsted outcome.

Her belief that English curriculum policy, as well as accountability metrics, are not aligned well enough with the regional and national economy has led her to seek ways of bringing more relevant and current industrial expertise to the service of education. Alison is essentially the Founder of the UTC.

Alison believes that educational decision making is still even now too little founded on research evidence and too much on historical political and professional assumptions; and she seeks to make a contribution to the evidence-based development of policy and practice in the UK and beyond. For this reason, she accepted the invitation in 2006 to join the Board of Trustees of NFER, the National Foundation for Education Research. She has served 3 full terms as a Trustee at NFER and was asked in 2016 to become Vice-President of the Foundation.

She is also Chair of Helix Arts, a not for profit Newcastle-based Arts Council England NPO, whose mission is to increase equality of opportunity for people to participate in the arts, and a member of the board of Dynamo.
Lindsay Phillips, Sage UKBringing a broad range of end to end IT experience, Lindsay has worked in the tech Sector since 1995 and has accomplished a wide variety of Applications (Integration, Implementation & Support) and Technical/Infrastructure roles with a strong industry experience in the Consumer Product Goods Industry, originally starting his career at Procter & Gamble in Gosforth.
He has specific expertise and experience in Programme Management and very large scale Enterprise Application Implementations & Upgrades. As Director, UKI Applications Delivery, Hewlett Packard Enterprise until 2017, Lindsay led the European Applications Delivery Organisation at Hewlett Packard Enterprise from its base in North Tyneside. He doubled the size of the organisation to around 1500 people, with a significant number of Graduate and Apprentice positions being created during that time and with an ongoing commitment to continue hiring from the North East.
Lindsay is now EVP Product Engineering (Country Delivery), Sage
Lindsay is a keen advocate of bringing new skills into the industry, engaging across the North East with schools, colleges and universities, and has piloted a number of creative ways to bring young people into careers in the Tech Industry.
Lindsay is a board member of Dynamo North East, an organisation focussed on championing the growth of the IT Sector in the region, and works closely with Sunderland University as part of the Computer Science Department Academic Steering Board. He has 2 school age children and coaches rugby at Tynedale Rugby Club.
Stephen Maratos, Hempsons SolicitorsStephen is a Partner at national healthcare law firm Hempsons. He has specialised in healthcare since 2005 representing Trusts and clinicians on claims brought against them. He works with across the health sector, covering primary care, support services and also acute hospitals and specialist units.

As well as clinical negligence claims he has been involved with product liability - PIP breast implants - and multi-claimant actions - such as the Ian Paterson matter.

Since 2016 he has been a parent governor at South Gosforth First School, with link governor role with SEND and also working with the finance and appeals sub-committees.
Derek Marshall, Health Education England North EastDerek is the Chief Workforce Strategist and Planner for Health Education England, working across the North East and North Cumbria (HEE North East). He leads the development of strategy across all key areas for workforce development, ensuring that it incorporates provider and commissioner organisations, NHS England, Public Health England and other key priorities, reflecting the long-term strategic needs of the system. He provides leadership for the workforce planning and analysis function within HEE North East and, for the non-medical education and training contracts, with universities and other education providers.
Derek has a background in workforce planning and strategy development, including working in a range of NHS organisations and a spell in the Department of Health.
Derek works closely with NHS and non-NHS organisations to understand their current workforce challenges and future development needs, including NHS hospital Trusts, primary care organisations, the care home sector and hospices.
Derek has previously worked on many local and national projects, including the development of the General Practitioner training facility in Stockton with Durham University; the national review of paramedic education (Paramedic Evidence Based Education Project); and as the education lead across the north east for implementing the NHS Modernising Scientific Careers initiative.
Gisele Stewart OBE, UbisoftGiselle joined Reflections as General Manager in 1996, following a career in NHS management and an MBA at Durham University. Her mandate was to grow and sell Reflections, which she achieved in 1998 with an acquisition by GT Interactive, a New York NASDAQ listed company.

She continued in this role through the Infogrames/Atari years and into Reflections’ ownership by Ubisoft in 2006. During this time Reflections remained, in global terms, at the cutting edge of technology, producing over 10 AAA worldwide best-selling video game titles.

Today, as Director of UK Corporate Affairs for Ubisoft, Giselle is focused on considering how Ubisoft’s presence in the UK can grow and on influencing the conditions to make that growth achievable. Passionate about growing the domestic talent pipeline as well as the join-up between education and industry, Giselle is Chair of Creative Skillset’s Games Council, is an Employer Steering Group member of Next Gen Skills Academy and is on the External Advisory Board of the University of Durham’s Computer Science department.

A Director of TIGA, the games’ industry trade association, Giselle leads on immigration and skills issues, to inform the Migration Advisory Committee of the industry’s needs; and she has recently joined the Board of the Creative Industries Federation.
Dr. Nicola Wesley, The Academic Health Science Network, North East and North CumbriaNicola manages the Innovation and Wealth Creation portfolio of the Academic Healthcare Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN).

There are fifteen Academic Healthcare Science Networks across England which aim to improve population health as well as contributing to economic growth. The portfolio of the AHSN includes the delivery of The Innovation Pathway, which is a programme providing bespoke support covering the entire lifecycle of innovation, including intellectual property assistance, market research and clinical evaluation, to both regional SMEs and NHS organisations. The Innovation Pathway is delivered by the AHSN, together with NHS Innovations North, The Clinical Research Network, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Nicola is seconded to the AHSN from RTC North. Prior to joining the AHSN, she managed the NHS Innovations North project, which is the intellectual property hub for the NHS in the North East region. Nicola continues to be involved in the management of this project in her capacity as a Board Member of RTC North and also in view of the position of RTC North as an integral partner of the AHSN.

Prior to joining RTC North in 2006, Nicola worked as an industrial research chemist following completion of her PhD in Chemistry at Durham University.
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