FORMER head of the Aspire campaign and Common Purpose group Mary Coyle has been appointed chairwoman of Northumberland Tourism's Interim Board.
She will be helping to steer the county's tourist board through the next few months, overseeing a smooth transition for the company following major tourism funding changes and the recent closure of One North East.
She is a founding trustee and director for Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums Development Trust. She is a trustee of Newcastle University staff pension plan, and a member of the International Advisory Board for Newcastle University Business School. She is a Deputy Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear, and vice-chair of NHS North of Tyne.
Coyle came to Tyneside in 1974, having worked as a teacher in her native Northern Ireland. After three years teaching in a special school in Jarrow for children, she worked at Newcastle City Council, then Nacro, developing and managing activities to divert young people from crime, followed by another 10 years as regional director for Common Purpose, a leadership development organisation which worked by bringing together the private and voluntary sectors.
She said: “I look forward to getting out and about, meeting the people who make Northumberland such a wonderful place to visit, and working with them to foster the growth we're all looking for."
This year she was awarded an MBE for services to Leadership in the Community.