Programme Director, Scaleup North East |
Recently appointed as Programme Director for the multi-million pound Scaleup North East Programme, working in partnership with the Northeast LEP to identify and work with high growth SMEs looking to scale their business and take it to the next level.
An accomplished senior executive, business consultant and start-up mentor with project leadership, commercial marketing and business development experience. A proven track record across a range of industries including digital media, broadcast, publishing, education & telecoms as well as public, private & education sectors.
With comprehensive experience and knowledge of the policies and practices of the creative economy having spent 20 years working in the Creative, Digital & IT Industries. Jason developed this insight from working for large scale media and technology firms such as NTL Virgin & Trinity Mirror, consulting for start-ups and scale-up businesses, working in specialist economic development at a regional development agency and more recently working in business development and project leadership roles at Universities in the Northeast.
He has substantial experience of developing and leading major economic, business development and innovation programmes, working in large corporations such as Trinity Mirror PLC, academic institutions such as Sunderland University or Directing public/private programmes such as £30m MediaCityUK Public Sector Programme.
Jason is currently Project Director for the £4.2m Creative Fuse Northeast programme, working with 5 Northeast Universities, AHRC, NCUB & Arts Council England exploring how the CDIT sector in the North East of England can grow and contribute more strongly to the regional economy, assessing and developing new ways of collaborative working across Higher Education and the sector to address the need for the right skills and aptitudes for a sustainable industry into the future.
In parallel with his work on Creative Fuse Northeast, he continues to mentor Start-ups and scale-up firms across the Northeast and is a Board Member of Generator, the Northeast Creative & Digital Support Agency.
Jason is married to Samantha, daddy to Grace & Lilly and lives in Whitley Bay.