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.

 

Contact

T: +44 0191 440 5761

E: catherine.walker@ngi.org.uk


Matt Bratton

Inward Investment Manager 

As Inward Investment Manager, 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 Helix, provided a collaborative environment, supporting SMEs to thrive and grow.

Contact

T: +44 0191 440 5764

E: matt.bratton@ngi.org.uk


Nicola Reid 

Key Account Manager  

Working as part of the Invest Newcastle team Nicola manages key accounts, working with businesses from across Newcastle to bring forward expansion, reinvestment and safeguarding in order to support job creation. Managing a portfolio of accounts she provides extensive strategic and practical support to companies, utilising knowledge and networks within the region and building strong relationships.

A recent addition to the team, Nicola brings a wealth of experience in tech and digital recruitment, along with an extensive network built-up over a number of years. She has a keen understanding of the challenges of talent attraction in niche sectors – a key factor for many expanding businesses.

Contact

T: +44 0191 440 5760

E: nicola.reid@ngi.org.uk


Ciara Small

Senior Investment Manager (currently on maternity leave)

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.

Contact

T: +44 0191 440 5760

E: ciara.small@ngi.org.uk


Kelly Gleadow

PR and Communications Manager

Kelly is responsible for delivering PR and wider communications activity to attract inward investment into the area and to raise the profile of Invest Newcastle on both a national and international stage.

Kelly graduated from Northumbria University in 2007 with a BA in Marketing Management (1:1). She went on to secure a role in a leading North East based advertising agency, going on to work for one of the largest housing associations in the North East for almost 8 years. Kelly joined Invest Newcastle in July 2018.

Contact

T: +44 0191 440 5776

E: kelly.gleadow@ngi.org.uk


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