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.


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


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