and aims

Dynamo is a volunteer led, not for profit group set up with the core mission to ‘Grow the North East tech 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.

View our Vision & Purpose statement here: Dynamo North East vision and organisation


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)
Ian Brimer Global Head of Business Systems, Nomad D…
Deni Chambers Assistant Principal, Gateshead College
Fay Cooper Senior Product Owner, Retirement, Digita…
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
James Hall Chief Executive Officer, Orange Bus
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
Rachel Murphy CEO, Difrent
Mark Norris Director of Product Engineering, Sage
Matt Oakley Capgemini
Mike O’Brien Opencast Software
Sue Ormerod Regional Director, Nigel Wright Recruitm…
Lindsay Phillips Sage
Nathanial Ray Digital Transformation Delivery Leader
Jon Ridley Assistant Principal, Newcastle College
Simon Roberson Consultant
Janet Ross BT
Alison Shaw Newcastle University Business School
Amy Stabler Newcastle University Business School
Rebecca Strachan Northumbria University
Paul Swaddle NBS
Dan Sydes Principal, North East Futures UTC
Richard Waterhouse RIBA Enterprises
Paul Watson Newcastle University
Alan Welby North East LEP


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Key achievements

🧨We have our #Dynamites20 judging meeting this afternoon! Our judging panel are all ready and raring to go. The standard of the entries just keep getting better and better! We'll be announcing the shortlistees soon so watch this space!🧨

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