Invest Newcastle has gathered the region’s key players to discuss plans for MIPIM 2020, the
world’s largest international property conference.
Plans were revealed at a breakfast event at The Catalyst building on Newcastle Helix.
Representatives from Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council, Durham County Council, Avison
Young, Arup, Newcastle Helix, Ryder Architecture and GT3 Architects all attended as part of the delegation that is heading out to Cannes in March.
Invest Newcastle used this opportunity to announce that Dame Jackie Daniel, Newcastle upon Tyne
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s CEO, Professor Chris Day, Vice-Chancellor and President from
Newcastle University and Nicola Palmarini, Director, UK’S National Innovation Centre for Ageing will
be joining the delegation to help us promote the city’s expertise and credentials to an international
Dame Jackie Daniel will be representing our region as CEO of one of the first NHS Trust’s in the
country to declare a climate change emergency, committing to working with civic partners to
become carbon neutral by 2040. At MIPIM she will act as an ambassador for the NHS, with a focus
on health, wealth and wellbeing. To support a healthy population, you need investment and
innovation within in the built environment and MIPIM will provide an opportunity to identify and
leverage new opportunities.
Professor Chris Day will represent Newcastle University – a significant asset for the region. With a
global reputation for academic excellence they play a leading role in the economic, social and cultural development of the north east of England. They are part of the unique partnership that makes Newcastle Helix, with their research helping to tackle societal issues and challenges that cities across the world face.
With co-investment from Government, Newcastle University launched the UK’s National Innovation
Centre for Ageing. Newly appointed director Nicola Palmarini will also be joining the delegation to
talk about how our city is pioneering the longevity economy and how big data and innovation is not
only helping our city create a place where people can live well for longer, but opening up
opportunities for businesses in a market that is worth trillions. His internationally recognised career
will play a vital role raising Newcastle’s profile.
All three representatives will support the delegation to have a stronger international voice and
demonstrate the power of multi-agency collaboration on a city and its people.
MIPIM takes place over 4-days and gathers some of the most influential players from all sectors of
the international property industry.
The Newcastle stand will provide a platform for partners to engage with investors and deliver an
events programme that showcases the region’s strengths and expertise around wellness and
sustainability. Hot topics include smart tech, placemaking, climate change, health and wellbeing.
MIPIM will also be used to launch the UK’s very first Campus for Ageing and Vitality, a multi-million-
pound development built on a former hospital site and Metro Green – an ambitious project by
Gateshead Council that will see the transformation of the brownfield land surrounding
intu Metrocentre into a thriving sustainable new urban community.
Jennifer Hartley, Director, Invest Newcastle said: “We are thrilled to have so many key players who
have committed to backing Newcastle and the city region at MIPIM 2020. Our partners play such a
vital role in helping us secure investment and champion our region. Having both healthcare and
academic experts’ as part of the delegation will really help to give us a stronger voice and
differentiate ourselves from other cities. They will help us to bring our city’s vision to life and
demonstrate the power collaboration can have on those who live, work, study and choose to invest
in our region. I am confident we’ll have a 100-strong delegation championing our region in March,
making 2020 our biggest and best yet.”
Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council added: “The exposure Newcastle and the wider
North East get at MIPIM is invaluable. In 2020 we are set to have an incredibly strong delegation that
will help us showcase the depth and breadth of opportunity we have in our city. Our multi-agency
approach is what makes us different and having our city’s leading experts joining us at MIPIM will
help us to bring our vision and ambitions to life.”
This will be the fifth year Invest Newcastle have led a high-level delegation, with almost 30 partners
already committed to representing and championing the region.
There is still opportunity to be part of the Invest Newcastle Delegation. To find out more visit