Liz Mayes

Chief Executive

"We are at an important point in the history of this building, giving it back to the region, making it accessible for all"
Julie Eastlake

Finance and Operations Manager

"So privileged to be able to utilise my charity sector experience for this inspiring and innovative project”
Jennifer Hillyard

Library and Archives Manager

"After 13 years I'm still finding new challenges!"
George Nicol

Bar and Catering Manager

"I am excited to be involved with the regeneration of a building full of North East heritage and look forward to welcoming our customers once our doors are open in the summer"
Nicky Sherman

Sales and Marketing Manager

"I'm delighted to be part of the team in the exciting preopening stage of this amazing adventure!"
Emily Tench

Programme and Engagement Manager

"I’m honoured to be using our industrial heritage to inspire our future workforce!"
Anne Bartle

Finance and Operations Assistant

"I’m so excited to be part of the team and have finally found my dream job"
Melissa Forster

Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator

"Having joined the project back in 2017, it’s been a privilege to be part of this exciting journey and I can't wait to see what the future holds!"
Lucy Stockdale

Programme Co-ordinator

"It’s a joy to help instill pride in our region’s heritage, to inspire the next generation of innovators and engineers!"
David Williams

Operations Supervisor


Our trustees

Mercedes Broadbent
Carol Bell
Nancy Doyle-Hall
Matt Boyle (Chair)
William Hogarth Bell
Catherine Miller
William Morrison Bell
Helen Whitfield
Rick Smith
Alison Shaw
Tony Pender
Penny Wilkinson

Photo of collections volunteer at a computer

Meet our volunteers

If you would like to to help secure the future of the Common Room by becoming a volunteer, we would like to hear from you. From helping us to deliver our exhibitions to digitising our archives, our valued team is crucial to the smooth running of The Common Room.