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Development Board Spotlight – John Marshall, Chairman

Introducing John Marshall – Chair of Newcastle United Foundation Development Board. 

John Marshall, Vice Chairman at Bond Dickinson LLP, was appointed the Chair of Newcastle United Foundation’s Development Board at the time it was established, in late 2013.

John is a board member of Bond Dickinson, and in his role as vice-chairman spends much of his time with clients and target clients promoting the firm both regionally and nationally. He is also part of the management team involved in the day-to-day management of the firm.

John is a commercial litigator with many years’ experience resolving disputes through litigation, arbitration and mediation. He also leads the firm’s insurance sector, consisting both of the contentious and non-contentious commercial work for insurers, intermediaries and brokers.

John sits on the Regional Council in the North East for the CBI and Chamber of Commerce, and is a Board Director of Newcastle Gateshead Initiative. He is also a Chair of the Regional Development Committee of the Princes Trust and a member of the International Advisory Board for Newcastle University Business School.

Sarah Medcalf, Development Manager at Newcastle United Foundation, said: “When we started our search for a chair for the Development Board we had a very clear set of criteria. John was recommended to us by a number of stakeholders and we were delighted that we were able to secure his backing. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the region and hugely informed about the challenges that face our local community.

“With his input we have set challenging annual targets that he has offered invaluable support in helping us to achieve. We’re incredibly grateful for the support and time he generously gives us year after year.”

John Marshall added: “It was impossible to ignore the impact Newcastle United Foundation was making in the Community when I was first approached about Chairing the Development Board. What was exciting was that they wanted to do more, they wanted to grow and I was very keen to support that. We now work with over 50,000 people every year.

“The Development Board is responsible for agreeing the annual development strategy of the Foundation and monitoring its progress. It’s a huge responsibility and we take it very seriously. We have, in the last 18 months, made real progress in our plans for the coming years and I’m very excited about what lies ahead. I hope we can look forward to plenty of support from the region’s business to help make vital differences to the lives of people in our community, whether that be through our football, education, employability, youth or health programmes.”

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