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"
Philippa King-Williams

Sales and Marketing Manager

Emily Tench

Programme and Engagement Manager

"I’m honoured to be using our industrial heritage to inspire our future workforce!”
Jennifer Hillyard

Library and Archives Manager

"After 16 years I'm still finding new challenges!"
Julie Eastlake

Finance and Resources Manager

"So privileged to be able to utilise my charity sector experience for this inspiring and innovative project"
George Nicol

Operations 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"
Lucy Stockdale

Programme Coordinator

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

Operations Supervisor


Our trustees

Matt Boyle (Chair)
"I am extremely proud to be associated with such a magnificent project. Helping bring it back to life is one of the most important things I’ve been involved in."
Mercedes Broadbent
"I am very excited to be involved in a project which will both preserve the industrial heritage of the Northeast for generations to come as well as lead on ground-breaking educational projects for young people".
Carol Bell
"I am proud to be a Trustee of the Common Room as its mission embodies all that I am passionate about in one truly beautiful building."
Nancy Doyle-Hall
"I am delighted to have joined the Board of The Common Room in time for the doors to open on this fantastic project, bridging an incredible heritage with an exciting future."
Catherine Miller
"It is a great privilege to be involved with the wonderful Common Room project helping to continue the historical importance of The Mining Institute (NEIMME)."
William Morrison Bell
"The Common Room is a really valuable and worthwhile initiative. While preserving a unique record of our industrial heritage it will also provide a forum for the innovative skills and enterprise that are a feature of this region."
Helen Whitfield
"The Common Room of the North is an amazing platform, venue for all ages from all backgrounds to have the opportunity to explore, engage and inspire to reach their potential and do so with confidence and pride."
Rick Smith
“The Common Room is the crowning success of a long journey for Neville Hall and will ensure its ongoing contribution to regional excellence in engineering and innovation.”
Alison Shaw
"By working collaboratively across education, industry, business and civil society we can ensure that our economy creates new opportunities for inclusive growth; The Common Room is an important partner in this work."
Penny Wilkinson
"I joined the Common Room to help protect Neville Hall and its unique archival collections and to develop them as an accessible resource and an inspiration for the next generations of engineers and innovators in the North East."

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.