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Information about our North Area Council and its members.

Joe Docherty : Chair

Joe Docherty

Joe Docherty is Chair of Arts Council England North. He is CEO of national education and skills charity NCG. NCG comprises three Further Education colleges with Foundation Degree awarding powers in Newcastle, Kidderminster and West Lancashire, the national apprentice and workplace training provider Intraining, based in Sheffield and national youth education charity Rathbones, based in Manchester. The group works with over 100,000 learners each year and employs nearly 4,000 colleagues.

Previously Joe was Deputy Chief Executive for North East-based Home Group, one of the United Kingdom's biggest social enterprises, and Chief Executive of the award winning Tees Valley Regeneration, where he oversaw the signing of more than £1 billion of private sector investment in the North East of England. During this time Joe also spearheaded a cultural and social renaissance programme - the iconic Tees Valley Giants - which includes one of the North East's most iconic modern structures, Anish Kapoor's Temenos.

Between 1999 and 2007 Joe was a Trustee of The Baltic - a major international centre for contemporary art - where he was also Chairman of the Finance and General Purpose Committee. Joe began his career in banking, where he was a Director in the corporate banking division within Barclays Bank.

Joe is currently a Trustee and Member of Council of the University of Durham and Chair of its Finance and General Purpose Committee. He is also a Trustee and member of the Finance Committee of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, one of the UK's largest charitable foundations, supporting work across the arts, education and learning, environment and social change sectors. He is also an owner and Director of Crosbys, a supplier of services and equipment to the catering industry.


Council members