Meet the Team

Zélie Guérin is project director of Newcastles of the World, taking forward  the programme of activity agreed by the Mayors of the Newcastles when they meet in conference.

David Faulkner is responsible for the overall coordination of Newcastles of the World, for finance, membership, publicity and for reporting to the mayors.

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Zélie has been project director since 2018 but has helped manage Newcastles of the World since 2015. Before that she was an Associate with International Newcastle (the Newcastle upon Tyne international networking organisation) and then its director.

She is fluent in French and German, and ran the Regional Language Network between 2002 and 2011 for development agency One NorthEast. Previously 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.

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6c5b01cdd583d00a72cdd428e4ba7570David 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 was a councillor in Newcastle upon Tyne from 2004-18 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.  Contact: or

Carrie Brookes has worked in communications in the North East of England for 15 years, helping a range of clients with their needs. She provides website, email marketing, content and strategy services for the charity sector. For Newcastles of the World she supports their communication needs and works closely with Zelie on projects such as Passport and establishing Slack as our online collaboration platform.

Julie Maxwell is an experienced self-employed office manager who provides financial management support to Newcastles of the World, covering invoicing and payments together with budget monitoring. She is Finance Manager at Newcastle Law Centre and also supports a number of local charities and companies.

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