International Newcastle, the body which promotes internationalism within the city, is welcoming a new Chair as it enters an exciting period of change and looks to recruit a new Director. Clymene Christoforou has been appointed as the new Chair, having already been on the board of trustees for a number of years.

International Newcastle is a Community Interest Company, and an essential part of our city’s vibrant international life, striving to ensure Newcastle is an open, international, outward and welcoming city.

Clymene Christoforou is a director of D6: Culture in Transit (Newcastle) working within the cultural sector to deliver transnational programmes and expertise.  D6 works with international partners, artists and communities to connect and interconnect our diverse and familiar lives.

Clymene said on her appointment:

“From the communities that make our city their home, to the businesses that trade across international borders, from the work we do to connect our cities to other cities around the world, to the joint research we undertake to foster healthier, fairer and safer communities.  International Newcastle supports the extraordinary wealth of international experience, knowledge and understanding found in our city today and I am honoured to step into the role of Chair of the board of directors.

“As we navigate new relationships with Europe and the wider world, International Newcastle will work with the City Council, the education and cultural sectors, The Chamber of Commerce, consular colleagues, civil society organisations and others to maintain and grow our global reputation and offer a warm welcome to the world.”

Clymene is an expert for United Cities and Local Governments Pilot Cities programme which works with 20 European Cities to consider the value of culture in sustainable development and for the British Council she has been supporting the cultural sector in Ukraine to work transnationally.  Regionally Clymene is a member of the North East Cultural Partnership International sub group.

Outgoing Chair is Caroline Theobald CBE, Chair of First Face to Face Ltd and North East Initiative on Business Ethics and honorary consul for Sweden.

Caroline said of Clymene’s appointment:

“Having spent the last five years working with Zelie Guerin and the board to build robust foundations for International Newcastle it is now my pleasure to hand the reins to Clymene Christoforou at a time when our global relationships and support for international communities at home are more important than ever.”

Recruitment underway for new Director

International Newcastle is currently recruiting a new Director as it enters a new phase, wishing former Director Zelie Guerin well as she leaves to concentrate on work with Newcastles of the World, its sister organisation. This is an exciting opportunity to build on the strengths of work done to date to position International Newcastle as an essential part of our city’s vibrant International life.