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Newcastle Development Plans 2015

Wednesday, 7th January 2015 @ 1530hrs - 1900hrs

St James’s Park, Newcastle,

Newcastle Development Plans 2015 | Event


FOUR of Newcastle’s Leading Development Figures will be presenting their development/investment plans for the next couple of years!





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Event Format

  • 1530 – 1600; Registration
  • 1600 – 1645; Networking with Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks
  • 1645 – 1815; Speaker Presentations
  • 1815 – 1900; Networking with Hot Food, Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks
  • 1930 – 2200 After Event Dinner (INVITE ONLY)


Professor Tony Stevenson; Director, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Planning & Resources, Newcastle UniversityTony Stevenson Resized

Tony Stevenson is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Resources and Professor of Geography.

Tony runs the University’s strategic planning and budgeting process (£380m).    He chairs the main budget setting committees to ensure alignment of the budget holders’ budgets with University strategic aims and objectives. This process has allowed the University to generate surpluses of £15m pa over the last four years for investment.

Tony’s other Executive Board responsibilities include: leading the development of both the University’s Estate and IT strategy (including data management and the development of key performance indicators). As project chair for a number of new building projects he delivered within budget or with significant savings over £200m of estate projects including: Student Services Building (£35m); New Medical Sciences Building (£27m); New Biomedical Research Centre (£12m); Institute of Neuroscience (£11m); Kensington/Park Terrace residential redevelopment (£19m); New Business School (£50m). Tony also led the development, under the project ‘2012’ umbrella,  of the University’s institutional response to the new Undergraduate fee regime, including: introduction of innovative widening participation arrangements; reviewing and redefining the student offer; and proposing postgraduate fees.

Tony leads the University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy, including development of a Carbon Management Plan to reduce our Carbon footprint by 43% by 2020: increasing our recycling rate from 22% in 2006 to 93% in 2011; reducing staff car commuting from 40% in 2006 to 22% in 2012; reducing energy use by 5% despite the estate expanding significantly.

Tony led the development of our relationship with INTO a private sector entity who created a joint venture with us to enhance our international undergraduate and postgraduate recruitment (some 900 students per annum). The joint venture contributes ca. £20m pa to the University’s bottom line, yields significant in year surpluses, and INTO has invested ca £50m in bespoke teaching and residential accommodation on our Estate. This relationship is maturing and initiatives are looking at developments in Malaysia, London and Medical provision targeted at the North American market.

Tony chairs the University’s Staff Committee including Union negotiation, Pay modernisation and recently defining career pathways through our academic structure to enable the institution to better manage staff performance.  Tony also led a range of projects around leadership development for academic staff including demonstrating a significant positive rate of return on investment.

Tony is leading the University’s ‘Digital Campus’ initiative.  There are four strands to this initiative:

  • Implementation of the recommendations from a KPMG report on their review of IT expenditure across the University;
  • An academic led, open-ended future look at IT, including the use of social media and cloud computing;
  • The external facing component that deals with positioning the University;
  • Digital literacy, ensuring that staff are equipped with the appropriate skills for the future.

Tony’s research interests are in recent environmental change in the European uplands including peat erosion and fluctuations in ericaceae-dominated plant communities, history of interaction between humans, climate and vegetation in the western Mediterranean, and the history of woodland management in the Mediterranean region.

From September to December 2013, Tony was seconded to the Government to help formulate the response to the Witty Review. Working two days a week in the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), he drew on his experience of the Higher Education sector to advise BIS on how the report’s recommendations should be taken forward.

David Theobald; Assistant Director of Capital Investment, Newcastle City Council & Science CityDavid Theobald Resized

David’s role is Assistant Director – Capital Investment, with responsibility for developing and delivering the Council’s capital investment programme.


Steven Harrison; Chief Operating Officer, Port of TyneSteven Harrison Resized

Steven Harrison joined the team the team in June 2009 as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the following business areas: bulk & conventional cargo, cruise and ferries, car terminals and estates.

Steven joined the Port of Tyne from HJ Banks (Mining) Limited where he was Managing Director. Prior to working with Banks he worked for a number of mining companies in the UK and overseas. Steven is an engineer by profession having graduated from the University of Nottingham.

Jonathan Dunk; Major Projects Manager, Gateshead CouncilJonathan Dunk Resized









Newcastle Development Plans 2015 | Details



Wednesday, 7th January 2015
1530hrs - 1900hrs


St James’s Park, Newcastle