New chairman for Northumberland Tourism

Kate Priestley
Kate Priestley

Northumberland Tourism has announced the name of their new chairman.

Kate Priestley takes on the role and her first task will be to create a new Board, bringing new investment, and wide ranging skills and experience to bear on achieving the tourism partnership’s ambitions for the county.

The creation of the new board will be a milestone in cementing a strong and sustainable partnership that will sell Northumberland to the world; a partnership that is passionate about Northumberland, and believes in its potential.

It aims to increase the value of tourism to the economy of Northumberland by 6% by 2015, creating an extra 750 jobs and increasing visitor spending by £40million a year.

Kate said: “I am delighted to be joining Northumberland Tourism at such an important stage in its development.

“There are enormous opportunities for tourism to play an even more important part in the county’s economy, a vision shared by so many people across Northumberland. I hope that my experience and the time I’m now able to bring to it will help make a real difference”.

Kate will take over the role of Chairman from Mary Coyle MBE, who steps down as interim chairman, having steered Northumberland Tourism through the development of its new business model, and having secured the industry investment and support critical to its continued success.

Mary said: “It has been a privilege to lead Northumberland Tourism through a profound period of change and consolidation over the last 6 months. I would like to thank all those individuals and organisations who have stepped forward to champion Northumberland, joining us in our vision for the county.

“With new investment in place, the partnership can look forward to an exciting future. I am delighted to pass the baton to Kate, who I know will do a superb job for Northumberland.”

Kate has been chairman and member of a number of partnerships, charities and businesses, following a highly successful career in the NHS. Current roles include chairing Inspired Spaces, the local education partnership for South Tyneside & Gateshead; the Fair Trade business Shared Interest; as well as serving as a Council Member of Newcastle University.