Pan Macmillan communications director Sara Lloyd, former Hachette comms chief Clare Harington and Faber chief operating officer Mary Cannam will be among six new board members joining New Writing North, as it furthers its plans for its Tyneside operation.
The writing development agency unveiled plans for a new hub last year, but c.e.o Claire Malcolm has said "the pandemic has inevitably slowed progress on [our] capital development plans", although the organisation is "continuing to explore sites in the city and develop new partnerships".
As well as Lloyd, Harington and Cannam, the new board representatives are completed by independent cultural consultant Mark Dobson, chartered surveyor John Seager, and Julie Boakes, regional head of construction (North) at the Department for Education.
Chair of the board David Roche said: “The quality of the candidates that New Writing North is able to attract is testament to its recognised position as central to the publishing industry as well as a major player in the North-East cultural sector.
"Together these new trustees bring new, necessary and complementary skills, and strengthen the board as we continue to ramp up our exciting and ambitious plans for a centre for writing and publishing in Newcastle. I look forward to working with such great additions to a wonderful team.”
Malcolm added: "Our new trustees bring with them the experience, knowledge and ambition to help us build our plans and their commitment in supporting us is a fantastic endorsement of the idea."