Meet the Team

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Tracey Moore

Executive Director

Tracey has over 30 years’ experience designing and delivering projects that support businesses and individuals to fulfil their potential. She is a Level 7 qualified Executive Coach and Leadership Mentor, a member of the IoD, CMI, and ILM and, in 2018, was shortlisted for the IoD Director of the Year.

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Lisa Murphy

Operations Director

Lisa has 20 years’ experience in Project Management and Compliance. She ensures our client experience is of the highest standard and oversees our quality processes. Lisa has an HND in public administration and is a qualified ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor.

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Melissa Middleton

Business Support Coordinator

Melissa has a PGCE focusing on Business & Enterprise, an MSc in Social Research and a BSc Hons in Politics and Media Studies. She has received the Natwest National Unsung Hero Award and has been named the If We Can You Can’s Supporter of the Year.

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Lee Longstaff

Business Advisor and Trainer

Lee has provided one-to-one business advice and guidance in the North East for 20 years, mentoring several award-winning businesses. Lee was named one of the Top Ten Business Advisors in the UK by Enterprise Nation in 2019.

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Steven Miller

IT and Infrastructure Support

Steve has 25 years' of experience managing IT for PNE and 60+ SME tenants. His work on with our Silicon Alley workspace led to it being named one of the world’s top ten science-based incubators. Steven is a Chartered IT Professional with a Post Grad Diploma in Computing Engineering and Information Sciences.

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Billie Jenkins

Market Relationship and Brand Development

Billie has 5 years’ experience in enterprise comms, specialising in measuring and sharing social impact. CIPR Accredited, she is on the Advisory Board of GENE (Gender and Entrepreneurship North East). In 2017, she was named a Thinking Digital Talented Future Leader.

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Chris Brown

Financial Officer

Chris is a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians, with over 20 years’ accounts experience. Chris’ specialist financial advice, offered as part of PNE’s Get Growing programme, has helped many growing businesses from high-end chocolatiers to innovative dog grooming products.

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Anne-Maria Brown

Admin and Support Officer

Anne-Maria holds NVQs in Customer Service, IT, and Business Administration. She has extensive experience in supporting complex administrative requirements and oversees PNE’s portfolio of management and leadership qualifications and grant monitoring.

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Katherine Hurst

Business Advisor and Trainer

Katherine provides one-to-one business advice and training to start-up entrepreneurs. She has designed entrepreneurship training delivered across five North East colleges, teaches coding to young people and has a BSc in Civil Engineering.

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Kasia Lipka

Economic Researcher

Kasia provides a range of insightful economic research and sector analysis for PNE and has authored factsheets on economic growth sectors for use by entrepreneurs in several countries from Kazakhstan to Kuwait. Kasia has an MBA in Economics.

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Richard Clark

Workspace Director

Richard has 35 years’ experience designing, developing and managing SME workspace and supporting economic regeneration in the North East. He has represented the UK on an EU task group responsible for defining criteria to inform EU policy on benchmarking of incubators.

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Ceri Jones

Chair of the Board

Ceri is the Regulation & Scientific Services Director at Northumbrian Water Limited. An economist by background he has extensive experience in dealing with government and regulatory bodies. He has held several non-executive positions at community organisations.

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Irene Allcroft

Vice Chair of the Board

Irene has over 30 years’ experience working within strategic enterprise and innovation development in the UK. Throughout her career, she has worked across a variety of sectors, including extensive experience in the industrial engineering, software and online service development industries.

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Dave Mitchell

Board Member

Dave is the Vice President for Health and Social Care at BT and has over 20 years' experience in the IT industry. He has driven commercial and operational success in the SME, corporate and public sector markets.

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Keith Nicholson

Expert Supporter

Keith is Founder of Keith Nicholson Consulting, a business development consultancy supporting the charity sector. He has 20 years’ experience of working with companies, social enterprises and charities in a range of management, leadership, fundraising and strategy development roles, as well as helping many start up.

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Shamiso Machaya

Expert Supporter

Shamiso is Founder of the Women Empowering Women Network, a C.I.C. focused on migrant women empowerment, which has supported over 100 BME women to pursue self-employment and career goals. Shamiso’s expertise includes finance, organisational leadership and entrepreneurship.

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Helen Marshall

Expert Supporter

Helen has 30 years’ experience designing, delivering and evaluating professional development interventions. She teaches Leadership in Practice for the Open University and is a Chartered Fellow of CMI. Helen has directed her own business since 2002 and has managed programmes for Newcastle University.

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Gavin Spencer

Expert Supporter

Gavin is the MD and Founder of Beach Accountants Ltd, a practice supporting clients in writing great stories by using their accounting numbers. He specialises in cloud accounting software, apps and automation. With over 25 years’ experience in accounting, Gavin is passionate about using his expertise to support businesses.

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Peter Millican

Expert Supporter

Peter is Founder of Peter Millican Law and has practiced for over 35 years’ in the legal sector. Specialisms include company formation, partnership agreements, shareholder agreements, employment law and business purchases and sales. Peter has lectured on law at North Tyneside College.

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