Experts in Residence

Local experts providing practical businesses advice

Business and IP Centre North East’s Experts in Residence offer businesses the opportunity to meet online to discuss a wide range of business topics, ranging from finance and funding, marketing and communication, intellectual property and law and many more. Our Experts are, in the main, small businesses themselves and are not paid to provide this service so meetings are limited to one only per Expert. Duration of the meeting can be 30 minutes, up to an hour, at the Experts discretion.

Please click any of our Experts below for more information and to book an appointment. To get the most out of the session, tell us what advice you need from the Expert and, please, be mindful of what can be realistically achieved in the time available.

Those businesses operating within the Newcastle Upon Tyne, Gateshead and Sunderland can also access up to 12 additional hours of free support from our Experts by applying through our Citylife Business Support Scheme.

Our Experts

Start Up & Business Advice

Business Adviser, Melissa Middleton

Business Adviser, Bianca Rogers

Business Adviser, Kirsty McDine-Daniels


Business Adviser (South Tyneside Only), Allison Nicks

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 Sanderson

Intellectual Property Expert, Stephen Hawley or Matt Ginnelly


Commercial Property Expert, Mark Stephenson

Dispute Resolution Expert, Leigh Ferguson

Marketing, Digital & Communication

Website, Brand and Marketing Expert, Andy Ditchburn

Marketing Expert, Chloe Hall

Visual Marketing Expert, Ann English

Social Media Expert, Ellen Rea

Cyber Security Expert, Charlotte Knill

Networking Expert, Jeni Smith


AI and Customer Experience Management Expert, Yulia Dzenkovska


Public Relations Expert, Keith Newman

Ecommerce Marketplace Expert, Racheal Straughan

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

Maximising and Improving Business Profitability Expert, Joanna Tabaku

HR Expert, Paul Lott

Training, Recruitment & Skills Expert, Linda Martin


Business Resilence & Continuity Expert, Andrew Clark


Retail Expert, Karen Williamson


Production Systems Experts, Kim English and Colin Hastings

Business Confidence Coach, Sam Hook

Change Management Expert, Kat Sykes


International Trade (Import) Expert, Ben Bradford

International Trade (Export) Expert, Ivan Lehane

Sales Expert, Moira Barnes

Market Research Expert, Natasha McDonough


Green Business Growth and Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability – Carbon Foot Printing Expert, James Staniforth


Sustainability and Green Business Expert, Ian Brown


Green Business and Retail Expert, Victoria Robertshaw

Food Sustainability Expert, Jess Miller

Professional Photography and Video Production

Food, Drink & Hospitality and Product Photography Expert, Sue Todd

Product & Brand Photography Expert, Rachel McClumpha

Podcasting Expert, Ashleigh King

Professional Video Production Expert, Joel Lowson

Additional Support Needs & Accessibility

Accessibility Expert, Tara Mackings

Neurodiversity in the Workplace Expert, John McDonald

Stay Safe at Work

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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