and aims

Dynamo is a volunteer led group set up with the core mission to ‘Grow the North East IT Economy’ through collaboration, innovation, skills. We are a voice for the sector regionally and nationally and we generate ‘noise’ to promote the region as a hotspot for IT/digital business.

With over 150 members, we are made up of IT organisations, large corporate employers in the region, consultants, technology hubs, education providers, local government and suppliers to the industry. We are an industry-led initiative focusing on growing the tech sector in the North East and we rely on the support of our region’s organisations to help us achieve regional IT growth, promote our region externally, develop skills and education, and support regional research and development.

We are passionate to see our region – and our sector – prosper.


Phil Jackman Director & Vice Chair, Dynamo North East
Charlie Hoult Dynamo North East, Chair
Andrew Besford Director & Vice Chair, Dynamo North East
Dan Sydes Principal, North East Futures UTC
Debra Ballantyne Director of People, tombola
John Fitzgerald Head of School of Computing, Newcastle U…
Dr John Marrin Leadership Coach and Transformation Cata…
Jon Ridley Assistant Principal, Newcastle College
Mark Norris Director of Product Engineering, Sage
Maxine Dursham Head of Marketing, Orchard Information S…
Michael Scoular Partner, EY
Neil Guy Head of Operations International, tombol…
Rob Hamilton Newcastle City Council
Ruth Harrison Managing Director, ThoughtWorks
Sandra Thompson Senior/Audit Partner, EY
Siobhan Fenton Associate Dean (Enterprise and Business …
Giselle Stewart Ubisoft (Dynamo Vice Chair)
Graeme Fletcher CIO, Connect Health (Dynamo Vice Chair)
Amy Stabler Newcastle University Business Scholl
Antony Hall Partner, Mincoffs Solicitors
Neil Hemming SAP (Dynamo Vice Chair)
Fay Cooper Senior Product Owner, Retirement, Digita…
Alastair Irons Sunderland University
Alison Shaw Newcastle University Business School
Anthony McMenzie Forfusion
Reece Donovan CEO, Nomad Digital
Stuart Lynn Consultant
Alan Welby North East LEP
Aaron Jaffrey DWP
Chris Latimer Sage
Deni Chambers Assistant Principal, Gateshead College
Graham Jordan NEICT
Janet Ross BT
Jen Hartley Director, Invest Newcastle
Lindsay Phillips Sage
Mark Larsen Accenture
Matt Oakley Capgemini
Mike O’Brien Opencast Software
Paul Watson Newcastle University
Rebecca Strachan Northumbria University
Richard Waterhouse RIBA Enterprises
Simon Roberson Consultant


Our vision

Our mission

Key achievements

We now have NINE events confirmed for #CyberFest19 including the most recently added Business Ethics Event on 17th September. For the full programme of events and to book your FREE tickets, please visit dynamonortheast.co.uk/cyberfe…

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