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Stuart joined the Group Board in April 2020, having initially joined the Society as a Non-Executive Director of the Newcastle Strategic Solutions business in 2018.

As a prominent technology business leader Stuart has a wealth of experience drawn from an extensive career in the technology sector, not least with software giant Sage, where he held a number of senior leadership roles, including Executive Vice President and Chief Technology and Information Officer. He is an advocate of utilising technology that can support the provision and delivery of excellent service that is unequivocally human and personal, which is a key component of the Group’s strategy.

As an active member of the North East’s thriving digital and tech community, Stuart has previously been Chair of the North East LEP’s Digital for Growth steering group; Sunderland University’s Technology Faculty Industrial Advisory Board; Vice Chair of Dynamo North East; Board member of the Sphere Thought Leadership network, and mentor to a number of North East business start-ups. As well as serving on the Society and Newcastle Strategic Solutions' boards, Stuart is Chair of the Society’s Technology Governance Committee.

“My deep understanding and experience of the potential for digital transformation within businesses to deliver better customer experiences and commercial growth helps to guide digital transformation across the Society and Newcastle Strategic Solutions.”