About Us

Since 2007 the team here at Newcastle Futures have worked in local communities to provide personalised employability advice to those jobseekers who want to find the right job for them.

We ensure that our service meets customers where they are most comfortable, that is why we deliver across the city in local venues such as libraries. If desired, we use digital tools which means customers do not have to leave the comfort of their own homes to get the right support.

Our service is free to anyone who is unemployed, and we work with other partners to ensure that whatever support our customers need we can provide it, and help them overcome obstacles standing in the way of their employment goals.

Our belief is that everyone needs a little help sometimes and that, succeeding is just a matter of time, determination and working together.

Our Mission

To help customers find the right job and the right opportunities to improve their career prospects.

Working in partnership

Newcastle Futures can help you access a wider range of support by working in partnership with local services.

Job Centre Plus

Our Values.

By working in partnership we will enable people to do more, feel better and access more opportunities.

Empower & Motivate

We will support empowerment & motivation in ourselves, people and partnerships, to be active in finding new opportunities and fresh ways of working.

Make a Positive Difference

We will seek opportunities to make a positive difference to people, their lives, their experience and the way in which we work together.

Value & Respect

We will show value & respect in the way we work with individuals, partnerships and colleagues.

Meet the Team.

Here are some fun facts about our amazing team!

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Gillian Hewitson
Chief Executive

What’s the best advice someone has given you?
You can be anything you want to be, but always be outrageous

What is your favourite film?
Steel Magnolias

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Hazel Lapidaki
Deputy Chief Executive


When growing up what job did yo
u want to do?

A drum majorette of a marching jazz band

What’s your favourite way to spend a day off?
A hike in the countryside with the people I love (and the dog)

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Neale Brown
Performance, IT & Comms Manager


What was your first job?
Youth Training Scheme – Electronics & Electronic Office

When growing up what job did you want to do?
Architect

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Kelly Leybourne
Employment Adviser Lead

What was your first job?
Greggs Bakery Assistant

If you had a superpower what would it be?
To make poverty disappear

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Gavin Hulse-Crawley
Jobs@SkillsHub Coordinator


What was your first job?
Apprentice joiner

What was the last thing you read?
Instructions on how to build an Ikea wardrobe

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Charlotte Harrison
Digital Employment Adviser

What’s your favourite way to spend a day off?
Going hill walking in Northumberland

What’s the best advice someone has given you?
You can do anything you set your mind to

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Daniel Gourley
Digital Employment Adviser


When growing up what job did you want to do?
A film director

What’s the best advice someone has given you?
There’s no such thing as ‘this is how it’s done’

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Vicky Holmes
Digital Employment Adviser


When growing up what job did you want to do?
A teacher

What is your favourite film?
Mrs Doubtfire

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Nicola Hudson
Employment Adviser


What was your first job?

Admin Assistant in a garden gnome factory

What’s the one thing that can instantly make your day?
Laughing. Whoever it’s with, I always feel so much better after a good laugh

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Ian Metcalfe
Employment Adviser


What’s the one thing that can instantly make your day?
A nice coffee

What was your first job?
Sales Assistant at Robinson’s Pet Shop in the Grainger Market

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Jill Richardson
Employment Adviser


If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation

What’s the best advice someone has given you?
If you make a decision and it turns out to be the wrong one, you can always make another… that’s the beauty about life!

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Tessa Stortrask
Employment Adviser


If you had a superpower what would it be?
To be able to read people’s minds

What was your first job?
A strawberry picker

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Jenn Wilson
Employment Adviser


What was your first job?
I volunteered as a swimming teachers assistant

What is your favourite quote?
“You cant use up creativity. The more you use … The more you have” – Maya Angelou

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Beth Collard
Employment Adviser


If you had a superpower what would it be?
I would choose flying. I would fly around the world and see all kinds of places

What’s your personal motto?
One day at a time

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Laura Melling
Employment Adviser


What’s the one thing that can instantly make your day?
A cuddle or someone looking chuffed to see me

Which person from history would you like to meet?
Marilyn Monroe, to ask what happened

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Lesley Widdowson
Team Manager


What is your favourite quote?
“But what about second breakfast?” – Pippin from Lord of the Rings. A hobbit after my own heart

What is your favourite book?
The Small Woman by Alan Burgess

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Sheila Jameson
Employment Adviser


If you had a superpower what would it be?
I often have dreams that I can fly and its amazing!

Which person from history would you like to meet?
Sir Bobby Robson

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Donna Barker
Employment Liaison Coordinator


Which person from history would you like to meet?

Walt Disney

What is your favourite quote?
“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try” – John F Kennedy

Careers

Want to be a part
of our team?

When we have vacancies you will be able to find them here.

See our vacancies

Our Meeting Places.

Skills Hub Newcastle is now open again. We have an adviser there every day, however you must make an appointment to meet them.

Opening Hours: 10am – 4pm.

Address: 33 New Bridge St W, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AX

Phone: 0191 2774125

Speak to an adviser today.

You can register today or give us a call if you need more information.

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(0191) 230 2970