Director: Kathryn Tickell OBE, DL
Kathryn is a composer, performer and educator whose work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria. She has been a professional musician for over thirty years, releasing 14 of her own albums, and guesting on over a hundred others, including CDs by Sting, The Chieftains, The Penguin Café Orchestra and many more. In 2009 Kathryn was presented with The Queen’s Medal for Music, awarded to those deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to British music. She has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Northumbria University and an Honorary Masters Degree from The Open University for "Notable contribution to education and culture". Kathryn is a lecturer at Newcastle University and continues to teach and perform nationally and internationally. In 2015 Kathryn was awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to folk music.
Director: Andrew Davison
Andrew was born and still lives in Tynedale. He is a partner at Muckle LLP, solicitors in Newcastle upon Tyne, where he specialises in company law, governance, corporate finance and strategic advice. He is also Head of the Firm's Energy Team.
As well as his role as a solicitor in private practice, Andrew is the Chairman of the Northumbrian Pipers’ Society, currently Company Secretary at the Port of Tyne, Chairman of the Greggs Foundation, Chairman of the Local Environmental Action Fund, a founder of Tyne Rivers Trust, a member of The Sage Gateshead Folk Advisory Committee, deputy piper to his Grace the Duke of Northumberland, a keen fisherman and a bee keeper. Whilst at University, he was an active member of the Newcastle Kingsmen Sword Dancers.
Administrator: Chloe Jones
A relative newcomer to the Northeast, Chloe has developed a love for our Northeast traditions through rapper sword dancing with Star and Shadow rapper.
An experienced workshop and creative project leader, she is passionate about traditional music education, and has led projects with Sage Gateshead and Heaton Manor Secondary school.
As well as her work with Magnetic North East, Chloe teaches the fiddle, and tutors with Tyneside Fiddle Alliance and Phoenix Folk. She is a keen clog dancer and musician for Newcastle Kingsmen, and performs regularly as a member of Tyneside’s outstanding fiddle quartet, Bottle Bank Band.