I think every part of the North East has a lot to offer, from Newcastle to Sunderland to Teesside, from the countryside to the coast. I also think Durham City is beautiful and I have enjoyed it every time I have visited.
The people in the North East are generally friendly, fair and down to earth. That makes living and working in the region much easier and more enjoyable.
My favourite place to spend some quality leisure time is South Northumberland Cricket Club in Gosforth. I have played cricket there for over 20 years. It is a wonderful place and I can spend time with my family there – usually after I’ve been bowled out early.
My children and I like to visit Pizza Express in Gosforth – which is most weeks. Without the kids, my favourite restaurant is Sachins on Forth Banks.
The Sage Gateshead was such a bold project at the time of building and credit must go to all of those involved.
Quilliam Brothers Tea House at Haymarket is my favourite place to conduct business away from the office. I like a cup of tea and this is a relaxed and friendly place just near the office. I am also very impressed with the corporate facilities at the newly opened Crowne Plaza – Stephenson Quarter hotel in Newcastle.
The best view of the North East is from the viewing platform at the top of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts. The aspecs across Gateshead and Newcastle are great, as is the bridges and the views up the river.
The ethos and aims, the productions, the building, the facilities and the people of the Live Theatre on Newcastle’s Quayside are all fantastic. I have been lucky enough to work with the theatre and I cannot speak highly enough of them.
My favourite walk is from Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle [pictured] because it is usually a bracing and refreshing walk with a beautiful view of the castle and beyond to Embleton.
If I could change anything in the North East it would be to relocate the Emirates Stadium to the region, so that I could watch Arsenal play every week. For family reasons, I am a passionate Arsenal supporter.