Charlie’s background is in strategy and corporate finance for building high-growth services businesses. He was founder and chief executive of marcom group Loewy – building the business to £50m from four to 400 staff. He is MD of Hoults Yard and chair-angel of UK-leading digital recruiter Futureheads. Charlie is chair of Dynamo North East (co-founded with Mike), the North East England tech network, responsible for initiating £100m of projects, including Newcastle University’s National Innovation Centre for Data and a new science-specialist senior school North East Futures UTC. Charlie was runner-up in the 2019 election for mayor of Newcastle.