Experts in Residence

Local experts helping provide businesses advice and support

The Business and IP Centre’s Experts in Residence offer businesses the opportunity for one to one appointments to discuss a wide range of business topics, ranging from finance and funding, marketing and communication, intellectual property and law and many more. Please click any of our experts below for more information and to book an appointment. You are able to have one meeting with each of our experts.

Those businesses operating within the Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland areas can also access additional support from our Experts as part of the Citylife Business Support Scheme.

For additional COVID-19 related business support, please see the COVID-19 Updates page for details.

Our Experts

Start Up & Business Advice

Business Adviser, Melissa Middleton

Business Adviser, Bianca Rogers

Business Adviser, Kirsty McDine-Daniels and Janet Cresswell


Social Enterprise Adviser, Kevin Marquis


Not-for-Profit and Purpose-Led Business Consultant, Kate Duffy

Innovation & New Ideas

Innovation Expert, Roger Tipple

Business Innovation Expert, Wayne Bryant,

Intellectual Property & Law

Patent Attorney Expert, David Corbyn

IP Protection & Strategy Expert, Elliot Stephens

Corporate Law & IP Expert, Sally Hyslop

Intellectual Property Expert, Stephen Hawley or Matt Ginnelly


Commercial Property Expert, Mark Stephenson

Marketing, Digital & Communication

Website, Brand and Marketing Expert, Andy Ditchburn

Marketing Expert, Chloe Hall

Visual Marketing Expert, Ann English

Photography Expert, Sally Ann Norman

Content Creation & Online Presence Expert, Cameron Bruce and Ellen Rea

Cyber Security Expert, Jon Hudson

Networking Expert, Jeni Smith


Podcasting Expert, Ashleigh King

Money & Finance

Finance Expert, Julie Skevington

Digital Accountancy Expert, Gavin Spencer

Innovation Tax Relief Expert, Sara Andrews

Financial Wellbeing Support for the Self-Employed Expert, Graham Brewis

Insurance for Business, Richard Talbot-Jones

Workplace Pensions Expert, Laura Bowler

New Business Opportunities & Growth

Winning Contracts and Tenders Expert, Mel Carr

Performance & Turnaround Expert, Scott Rowland

Survive and Thrive Expert, Tracy Clarkson

Business Efficiency Expert, Joanna Tabaku

HR Expert, Deb Tweedy

Training, Recruitment & Skills Expert, Linda Martin


Business Resilence & Continuity Expert, Lyndsey Potts


Retail Expert, Karen Williamson


Production Systems Experts, Kim English and Colin Hastings


Environmental Sustainability – Carbon Foot Printing Expert, James Staniforth


Sustainability and Green Business Expert, Ian Brown


Green Business and Retail Expert, Victoria Robertshaw

Stay Safe at Work

 Fire Safety Expert, Bruce Patterson or Paula Brooks


Food Safety Expert, Jill Taylor

Health & Safety Expert, Vincent Theobald-Vega

Get in touch with BIPC North East

Contact us today if you’re interested in receiving business support. We'll help give you the skills, confidence and knowledge to grow and protect your business.

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