Sarah Stewart is the Chief Executive of NewcastleGateshead Initiative, the destination marketing organisation responsible for inspiring people to visit and to live, learn, work and invest in and around NewcastleGateshead. NGI also plays a leading role in bidding for and delivering major sporting and cultural events across NewcastleGateshead. Recent successes include securing The Great Exhibition of the North in 2018 and the World Transplant Games in 2019.
Sarah graduated from Cambridge University in 1981 with a degree in history and law and spent her early career with Procter & Gamble (Brand Manager), Price Waterhouse (Partner) and Sage Group plc (Marketing Director). Prior to joining NewcastleGateshead Initiative in May 2010, she worked freelance in marketing and brand development for a wide range of national and international organisations including Greggs plc, Shell International, One North East and Newcastle Science City.
A former Deputy Chair of both the International Centre for Life and Port of Tyne, Sarah continues to hold a number of non-executive positions with Arts Council North, Beamish Museum, Newcastle Cathedral and Newcastle University. Sarah was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours for services to the economy of North East England.
Sarah holds no other public appointment.
The role is remunerated at £9,435 per annum.
This appointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years must be declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election. Sarah has declared no such political activity.