Kiran Ohri

Event Coordinator

"Seeing customers amazement as they step into the Wood Hall never gets old. I love bringing a clients vision and their event to life, from wedding days to concerts by candlelight. No one day is ever the same here at The Common Room."
Luca Cepollaro

Programme and Learning Officer

Marilena Britzoulaki

Food & Beverage Manager

Daria Vedeniapina

Event Coordinator

"Being a mechanical engineer myself, I find this place an amazing gem of history and heritage which we need to cherish and show to more and more people."
Gaurangi Gargi Chowdhary

Marketing Coordinator

Bringing together the legacy of engineering excellence and the charm of a historic past, as a marketing coordinator for an ancient building, my mission is to share stories that inspire, connect, and make both history and happy moments come alive.
Sakshi Sehgal

Executive Assistant & Fundraising Coordinator

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"
Lauren Sanderson

Programme and Engagement Manager

“It is a privilege to work in such a beautiful building, full of history and scientific advancement. By bringing STEM to the next generation our team will ensure this is a legacy for generations to come.”
Angie, Finance and Resources Manager in Wood Hall smiling at the camera
Angie Thomson

Finance and Resources Manager

Alex Stewart

Programme Coordinator

Philippa King-Williams

Head of Commercial Trading

''Seeing The Common Room through its refurbishment and steering my team into our second year of operations has been a privilege.''
Jennifer Hillyard

Library and Archives Manager

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