The Team

Catherine Walker

Inward Investment Director

Catherine is at the helm of Newcastle’s drive to attract new and foreign and domestic investment. As well as heading up our team of highly experienced managers, she is responsible for developing and delivering our ambitious plans to attract new business, investment and jobs, support indigenous businesses to grow and ultimately to help deliver private-sector-led growth.

Catherine’s has spent 13 years of her career in senior management positions including working as head of business development at MIDAS and heading up the business tourism team at Marketing Manchester.



T: +44 0191 440 5761


Ciara Small

Senior Investment Manager

Ciara joined Invest Newcastle in January 2016 and has a well-developed network of partners and contacts within the region. Through engaging the expertise of the region’s local authorities, Universities, cluster organisations and key multipliers, Ciara can fully support businesses looking to establish, relocate and rapidly grow their business in the city of Newcastle.

Born in Belfast Ciara has a degree in International Business Management and Spanish from Newcastle University. After six years’ experience working as a Development Consultant the draw of Newcastle brought Ciara back to Newcastle with an ambition to actively contribute to the economic development of the city.


T: +44 0191 440 5760


Matt Bratton

Senior Inward Investment Executive

As Senior Inward Investment Executive, Matt delivers professional support services as part of the Invest Newcastle team. He develops bespoke propositions for businesses looking to locate here, highlighting the opportunities and solutions available in Newcastle. Matt also co-ordinates client site visits and makes key introductions, allowing businesses to fit right into our community.  

Matt joined Invest Newcastle in 2016 following four years of experience actively attracting people into Newcastle. Previous to his role with us Matt spent two years with Creative Space Management where he was responsible for ensuring the The Core, on Newcastle Science Central, provided a collaborative environment, supporting SMEs to thrive and grow.


T: +44 0191 440 5764


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