Career History

I have recently retired from my 'day job' as Inspired North East Development Officer, at the Church of England Diocese of Newcastle. I am, however, still active in support of the Christian heritage of Northumbria - the fantastically historic and beautiful North East of England.

I have enjoyed a very satisfying and varied career over 40 years in tourism and heritage planning, marketing, product development, business support, e-business innovation and operational delivery. My strengths have been in project vision and strategy development, business planning and online communications.

Assignments have included corporate plans, e-business and online strategies, heritage project planning, funding proposals and bids, partnership formation, job design and recruitment support, website planning and exhibition design.

I have previously worked for the Church of England Diocese of Newcastle, VisitBritain, the European Travel Commission, the Churches Conservation Trust, Northumbria Tourist Board and other roles in planning, tourism and heritage marketing.

Resume:

Inspired North East Development Officer, with the Church of England Diocese of Newcastle (2010-2016).

Chairman of the Marketing and Technology Network of the European Travel Commission (2004-2010).

Consultancy to the European Travel Commission for the review of its corporate strategy (2010-2013) and for the review and redevelopment of the visiteurope.com web portal (2008-09).

Feasibility study for a Church Buildings and Spiritual Heritage project for the Church of England Dioceses of Newcastle and Durham. Now the Inspired North East project.

Project plans and funding proposals for ArCh:Way - an arts and tourism project in East Lincolnshire for The Churches Conservation Trust. The project was awarded substantial funding under the Rural Development Programme for England - Lincolnshire Coastal Action Zone, and has since been completed. 

Sacred Britain: places of worship and the tourism destination experience - prepared this influential strategy for the development of tourism involving the rich cultural heritage of Britain's finest churches and other places of worship (2006).

e-tourism consultancy to Malta Tourism Authority to advise on the redevelopment of their national website, and prepared a tourism sector E-Business Action Plan for Malta's Ministry of Tourism and Culture (2006-07).

Previous career history:

  • The Churches Conservation Trust: Head of Marketing (October 2005-June 2006).
  • VisitBritain: Head of E-Tourism Development / Head of Customer Contact Services (April 2003 – Sept. 2005).
  • English Tourism Council: Head of Tourism Technology (2000 –2003).
  • Northumbria Tourist Board: Head of Development Services (1992 –2000).
  • Marketing Officer at the University of Durham (1988-1992)
  • Planning Assistant at Durham County Council (1975-1988).