Meet the Team – Zelie and Mo

Zélie Guérin and Mo Lovatt have been appointed as project managers to take forward the programme of activity agreed by the Mayors at the 2014 conference. They are supported by Simon Underwood, and David Faulkner will stay responsible for the overall programme delivery and its reporting to the mayors.

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Zélie has been an Associate with International Newcastle (the Newcastle upon Tyne international networking organisation) since 2013 and is now Co-Director: see

She is fluent in French and German, and ran the Regional Language Network between 2002 and 2011 for development agency One NorthEast. Before that she was at Newcastle City Council as International Relations Adviser, and earlier as Senior Careers Adviser responsible for Education/Industry links. She was a member of the Newcastles of the World “welcome” team for the 2012 Conference.

Contact: (for project management, tourism, business)


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Mo has wide experience as an international arts & culture programmer and project manager, significantly as coordinator of the collaboration between the North East of England and the Eastern Cape of South Africa (“The Swallows Partnership”). She was Manager for the 2013 Festival of the North East, a month-long celebration of innovation and creativity and in the previous year was project manager for the 2012 Newcastles of the World conference. Mo is Director of Programming and Marketing for The Great Debate and a regular judge for The Institute of Ideas Debating Matters Competition. She is also a writer and her debut novel, ‘African Violet’, received a Northern Writers’ Award in 2013.

Contact: (culture/schools)







David Faulkner coordinates the work of Newcastles of the World on behalf of the mayors and other leaders of the towns and cities that make up the network. He is a councillor in Newcastle upon Tyne and was Leader of the Council in 2010/11. He is also a director of International Newcastle, and runs a cultural and heritage organisation called Waka Waka Africa North East.



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