Geoff Hodgson, Vice Chair

Business owner and non-executive director

Geoff spent his early career in sales and marketing for Procter and Gamble, Diageo and Coca-Cola. He was sales and marketing director of Newcastle Breweries and later chief executive of the Federation Brewery. Since the sale of the Federation, Geoff has started and sold a number of businesses, including Northumbrian Taverns, The Inn Collection and Wear Inns.  He now chairs The Port of Blyth, SITS Group and Clearly Drinks, amongst others. He has also held a number of non-executive roles including One North East, North East Tourism Board, Universal, North East Access to Finance and BE Group. He also served as High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear.

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