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IoD North East Business Leaders' Dinner - Business-Collaboration-Community

04 Apr 2019
Newcastle Gateshead Hilton, Gateshead

A Team Effort!

Celebrating business, football and the community

The IoD is delighted to be partnering with the Newcastle United Foundation and the Foundation of Light for a star-studded evening of celebrity speakers.

Hear from the inspirational Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
Keynote speech from new IoD Chair Charlotte Valeur
Q&A with football legends Shola Ameobi and Steve Harper (Newcastle United) and Kevin Ball (Sunderland).

  • Network with leading figures from regional business community
  • Enjoy a delicious three-course dinner
  • Help to raise valuable funds for those who need it most.

Key details

Date & time: 04 Apr 2019 19:00 - 23:00
Location: Newcastle Gateshead Hilton, Gateshead
CPD Hours:

Prices from

65.00 GBP + VAT - Member and guest
70.00 GBP + VAT - non member
600.00 GBP + VAT - Member table of ten
650.00 GBP + VAT - non member table of ten

Event manager:
Ms Sukie Ranken
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Guests will enjoy a delicious three course dinner at the fabulous Hilton Newcastle Gateshead hotel, while hearing from two big name speakers from Newcastle and Sunderland Foundation.  Charlotte Valeur, IoD Chairman will be making a keynote speech on behalf of the IoD

Attendees will also have an opportunity to bid for fantastic prizes in our charity auction - including once-in-a-lifetime experiences!

Stars including Shola Ameobi and Steve Harper will be in attendance with lots of other big names to be announced.

Attendees will be welcomed by Dr Joanna Berry, the regional chairman of the IoD. And whether you are a Magpie or a Black Cat, you will hear about the outstanding work done by both clubs to benefit their local communities.


Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE

After trying a range of sports, Tanni realised at age 13 that wheelchair racing was her sport of choice. Her first Paralympics was Seoul in 1988, where she won a bronze medal in the 400m.

In 1992 she claimed victory in the London Wheelchair Marathon, the first of six wins over her career, and went on to the Barcelona Paralympics, where she won gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m and became the first women to break the 60-second barrier for 400m.

More success followed at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics and the 2000 Sydney Paralympics.

Her final Paralympics was Athens 2004, where she won gold in the 100m and 400m - taking her medal tally to 11 golds. Over her career, Tanni broke 30 World Records on the track.

Tanni continues to be involved in sport and physical activity. She is a board member of the London Marathon, the Sportsaid Foundation, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and Join In. 

In 2015, she became a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 2010 she became an independent crossbench peer in the House of Lords, taking the title Baroness Grey-Thompson of Eaglescliffe in the County of Durham. In 2015, she was named Chancellor of Northumbria University.

Charlotte Valeur

Charlotte Valeur was appointed Chair of the Institute in September 2018. As Chair, Charlotte is responsible for championing the IoD’s values, promoting its Objects and providing leadership to the Institute, ensuring it delivers maximum impact for its members and stakeholders.

Over the last decade, Charlotte been a director of 7 public companies, including three appointments as chair. During that period she has taken part in a complete restructuring of NTR Plc, the sale of REG to BlackRock and, as Chair, overseen a $8bln Merger of Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc with its US NYSE listed parent. Charlotte also has a range of unlisted board experience with companies including international engineering firm Laing O’Rourke. She has been a member of the IoD for over a decade.

Charlotte is a corporate governance expert and a keen advocate for diversity in the boardroom, underpinning this advocacy with action by founding Board Apprentice. This not-for-profit organisation provides individuals hands-on experience at the very top of business, and has been cited in the Government’s recent reviews on ethnic and gender diversity in UK boardrooms as a resource for bringing about real change.

Before entering the field of governance, Charlotte worked in finance, where she has over 30 years’ experience. Her career included stints with Societe Generale, BNP-Paribas, and S.G. Warburg. Charlotte grew up and studied in Copenhagen, and is conversant in six languages.

Steve Harper

Steve Harper is the longest serving player in the history of Newcastle United. He was a professional at the club for 20 years from 1993-2013. On leaving the club to join Hull City Steve asked the Foundation to organise his ’20 Year Charity Match’ of NUFC Legends v AC Milan Glorie in September 2013. This was a huge success drawing a crowd of over 51,000 and all of the profits from the game were given to six local charities including the Newcastle United Foundation.

Steve is well respected throughout the North East not only for his football but also for his charity work with the Clarke Lister Brain Haemorrhage Foundation, The Oddballs Foundation and he’s now also a Patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Steve is also a UEFA A licensed coach and an Ambassador for Northumberland FA.

Steve is a part-owner of the successful Oddballs boxer short company which continues to grow rapidly and is currently working part-time for both the Premier League and the BBC.

Shola Ameobi

Shola spent 14 years at Newcastle United, making 397 official appearances and scoring 79 goals, and received a winner's medal when they won the Championship in 2010.

Born in Nigeria but raised in England, Ameobi was capped by the England under-21 team before making his Nigeria debut in 2012 and representing them at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Shola is a patron of Newcastle United Foundation.

Kevin Ball
Kevin Ball, now known in the region as a Sunderland AFC Legend but before becoming an integral part of the backroom staff at the Stadium and Academy of Light, Kevin was just as important on the pitch during the nineties. 
A natural-born leader and club captain during his time on Wearside, Ball was part of the Sunderland side that lifted the First Division title in both 1996 and 1999.  He was named Player of the Year in 1991 and 1997, a testament to his successful career which spans almost a decade. 
Since hanging up his football boots, Ball stayed in the North East and in 2003 became Assistant Academy Manager.
He was appointed Caretaker Manager for the remaining 10 games of the 2005/06 season and recorded Sunderland’s only home win of the campaign.  He became Caretaker Manager for the second time in 2013. 
Since then Kevin has held a number of positions at Sunderland AFC and is currently involved in developing the footballing stars of tomorrow at the Academy of Light.  
Kevin became an Ambassador of the Foundation of Light in 2013 and has backed and supported various events and programmes for Sunderland AFC’s official charity. 



Newcastle United Foundation

Established in 2008, Newcastle United Foundation engages, motivates and inspires over 54,000 disadvantaged children, families and young people every year through its education, health, community and football projects. We engage with over 2,000 children and adults through our disability football sessions alone.

Support from this event will help Newcastle United Foundation to continue to coach, mentor, educate and provide opportunities to communities that really need them across Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead and Northumberland.

The Foundation recently launched its plans for 'Project Pitchside', a community hub which will be built in the heart of the city, a goal kick away from St. James' Park with the aim to further increase engagement opportunities for those most in need.

We are also proud of the work we do in the region in collaboration with Sunderland's Foundation of Light, using football as a tool to engage hard to reach communities and inspiring them to reach their potential.

Foundation of Light

Foundation of Light is the registered charity of Sunderland AFC, established in 2001 by former club chairman Sir Bob Murray CBE. Our mission is simple: to improve lives through the power of football.

We have grown to become one of the most pioneering sports charities in the world, winning multiple awards for our ground-breaking sports, health, community and education programmes.

The cross section of people we work with is unparalleled within our community; from 18 months to 80 years plus. We truly do offer something for everyone, with programmes impacting health, behaviour, attitude, skills, knowledge and more.

Our passionate, dedicated and highly skilled team includes professional teachers, health workers, coaches, family learning officers, youth workers and support staff based at offices and classrooms within the Beacon of Light and outreach centres throughout Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham.

Whilst we are linked to SAFC, we are structurally and financially independent of the football club. This means we are responsible for fundraising £4 million every year to run our life-changing programmes.


Prices from

65.00 GBP + VAT - Member and guest
70.00 GBP + VAT - non member
600.00 GBP + VAT - Member table of ten
650.00 GBP + VAT - non member table of ten


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