Meet the team

 

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Maureen McAllister

Acting Director of Visitor Economy

 

Maureen is responsible for leading the Visit Northumberland team, focusing on business planning, implementation plans and strategic partnerships.

 

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Neil Carney

Head of Destination Strategy

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Responsible for cementing Visit Northumberland’s position as the county’s voice for tourism, working with stakeholders and partners to establish strategies and build the evidence base to lead destination, product and visitor experience development.

Favourite thing to do in Northumberland

As a proud resident of Hexham, I enjoy exploring the vast open landscapes of the Northumberland National Park and North Pennines AONB on foot and bike.

 

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David Collier

Head of Partnerships

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Responsible for championing Northumberland’s diverse business community, supporting strategic product and service development, encouraging quality, and promoting a strong, resilient, visitor economy network.

Favourite thing to do in Northumberland

Having recently relocated from the South Coast I enjoy spending my spare time with my young family and energetic Labrador exploring and discovering more about Northumberland.

 

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Cris Brown

Head of Marketing and Communications

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Responsible for seasonal and thematic marketing campaigns, a comprehensive digital strategy, communications and the production of print advertising, with the support and skills of my team.

Favourite thing to do in Northumberland

Exploring the great Northumberland outdoors with my dogs and treating myself to a tasty Northumbrian lunch in a dog-friendly pub or café.

 

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James Nightingale

Online Marketing Executive

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Responsible for Visit Northumberland’s online marketing activity,overseeing the visitor facing website, visitnorthumberland.com as well as the B2B and B2C e-marketing channels.

Favourite thing about Northumberland

The Northumbrian accent! As a Lancastrian lad, I fell in love with the North East tones through holidays in Northumberland from an early age.

 

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Jenni Meikle

Content & PR Executive

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Responsible for PR activity, B2C social media channels and creative content on visitnorthumberland.com

Favourite Northumbrian Pastime

I'm a serial café -goer and love nothing more than a warming coffee after a windy walk, so my ideal day would consist of a windswept walk followed by a warming coffee stop on Northumberland’s staggering coastline or in the rolling countryside.

 

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Dawn Goodwill-Evans

Tourism Development Officer

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Over 30 years of tourism development experience, working with local tourism businesses including the hospitality sector, attractions, and creative industries.

Favourite Northumbrian Pastime

If I'm not shopping in the independent retailers in our market towns I love walking my dog along the beach.

 

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Sarah Ray

Tourist Information Development Officer

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The main point of contact for anything visitor information related, including Tourist Information Centres, Tourist Information Points and information boards.

Favourite thing to do in Northumberland

I live in Berwick and in my spare time I enjoy lots of walks on the beautiful, local beaches with my dogs.

 

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Ruth Tweedie

Tourism Development Officer

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Ruth has worked in tourism in Northumberland for just over two years and her specialism is walking, cycling and other outdoor activities.

Favourite place in Northumberland

I have many favourite places but, I articularly enjoy Cresswell beach on the coast and St. Cuthbert’s Cave inland.

 

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Sarah Davidson

Tourism Development Officer

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Responsible for projects which raise the quality of the tourism offer through training programmes for those working in the industry and studying travel and tourism at colleges across the North East.

Favourite thing to do in Northumberland

Heading out to the coast for a wind-swept walk along the beautiful beaches.

 

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Lyndsey Pennington

Office Administrator

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Responsible for administrative support, sales, finance and ensuring the smooth running of the office.

 

Favourite place in Northumberland

I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie so love visiting our haunted castles across Northumberland and scaring myself silly! Chillingham Castle is definitely one of my favourite ghostly spots.

 

 

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