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Responsible Business Seminar Series Newcastles Future as a Responsible City

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Responsible Business Seminar Series

These seminars run in partnership with the North East Initiative on Business Ethics (NIBE), you can visit their website at

Newcastle's Future as a Responsible City 


  • Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader, Newcastle City Council;
  • Right Revd Christine Hardman, Bishop of Newcastle;
  • Heidi Mottram OBE, Chief Executive, Northumbrian Water and Prince of Wales North East Business Ambassador
  • Kevan Carrick, Director, NIBE; Founder and Chairman, JK Property Consultants LLP; RICS and chair of trustees City Centre Chaplaincy


  • Lucy Winskell OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Northumbria University

The nature of responsibility, sustainability and ethics in governing today’s global cities represents a challenge for city representatives, its businesses and its community and civic leaders alike.  This debate seeks to explore what being a ‘responsible city’ means for Newcastle and draws on the experiences and insight of three North East leaders each with a unique perspective on Newcastle and the North East of England.  They will be joined on the panel for the Q&A by one of NIBE’s directors.

There is a sea change in political governance with the traditional Whitehall centric control being diluted to more self- governance from the regions, with the need to absorb the adverse impact of stringent austerity measures.  We are failing to grasp this as a region.  All other regions in the UK have done so and are competing to create economic growth and job creation.  Following the re-fresh of the North East Local Economic Partnership’s Strategic Economic Plan what more do we need to do to achieve the growth and job creation necessary to accelerate the economy and improve the well-being of the people in the region?  Although disputed by some, Newcastle is perceived by most as the North East’s leading City.  If  we are to attract new companies to invest in the region how do they perceive us and what do we need to do to ensure that the City is a good place in which to do business?  Can we work together to make Newcastle and the wider north east region known as the best place in the UK to do ‘good’ business in the fullest sense of the word?

This seminar is part of our Responsible Business Seminar Series, for a full list of seminars in the series click here.

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Northumbria University
The Great Hall
Sutherland Building
Newcastle upon Tyne


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