The chief executive of Newcastle City Council Pam Smith will be the guest speaker at the launch of Downtown in Business Newcastle on Thursday 19th May 2022.
Pam joined Newcastle City Council as Chief Executive in January 2022 having been Chief Executive at Stockport Council since 2017 where she was also Greater Manchester’s Lead Chief Executive for ‘Age Friendly Greater Manchester’, and she continues to be the Solace lead spokesperson for Housing.
Pam was previously Chief Executive at Burnley Council and has also worked for the Audit Commission.
Pam joins Newcastle City Council at a time of great change and opportunity as the city seeks to emerge strongly from the pandemic. Pam is passionate about people, communities and neighbourhoods and is eager to work with residents and colleagues from across the region to achieve the best outcomes for the people of Newcastle; leveraging the opportunities that levelling up and devolution offer to secure outstanding schools, excellent jobs and high-quality homes to make Newcastle one of the best places in the world to grow up, work and live.
The Group Chairman and chief executive of Downtown in Business Frank McKenna said:
“I am delighted that Pam is able to join us to launch the Downtown brand in Newcastle. The city is one of the most exciting in the UK, with a huge amount of opportunity and potential moving forward.
“We already have many members who have a presence in the city, and we are really looking forward to getting to know the business community across the Northeast.”
Mr. McKenna added:
“This is part of our plan for DIB to become a national business voice by the end of 2023. We are determined to offer businesses an independent, robust, and fearless platform from which entrepreneurs, business owners, and decision-makers can effectively engage with politicians at a local, regional, and national level.
“We also offer a fantastic B2B service that has helped facilitate over £2Billion worth of deals being done across our network since we set up in 2003. I am sure that Newcastle will be a place where the Downtown brand can add value and continue to thrive.”
DIB was established in 2003. It currently operates in eight locations. Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Lancashire, Cheshire, Wolverhampton, and London.
If you are interested in attending the Downtown in Business Newcastle launch event, please register your interest HERE.