My North East: Wesley Tivnen

November 30, 2017

Sunderland born Wesley Tivnen joined Siemens Power Generation Services (then part of Rolls Royce) in 1996 as a technical apprentice. Now operations director, he is responsible for around 350 employees across the Newcastle-based engineering group and service facility

The best thing about living and working in the North East is a bit of cliché, but it’s definitely the people. I’m convinced that we’re the friendliest bunch on earth.

I love the Northumberland coast. Come rain, wind or shine, there’s nowhere I’d rather be than on a huge stretch of amazing – and deserted – Northumberland beach. I have so many fond memories of incredible times spent there with friends and family, from New Year’s Eve fireworks displays with a big group of friends, wild camping with the kids in summer to kitesurfing with my wife, the list goes on and on…

Nitehawks is my favourite bar in Newcastle. It’s great for a few drinks after work mid-week or for partying on a Friday or Saturday night.

My favourite place to eat at the minute is Barrio Comida – the little Mexican restaurant on the Quayside in Newcastle. It’s been a fairly recent discovery for me and I love it. The food is great (possibly the best tacos I’ve ever had), the cocktails and beer are delicious and the service is fantastic.

The visitor attraction the North East should be most proud of is Sage Gateshead. Not just because of how impressive it is architecturally, or because it provides the best acoustics for a performance venue that I’ve ever experienced, but because of the wonderfully diverse programming they put on. I’ve seen some of my favourite artists play everything from full on rock sets (Richard Ashcroft) to the most intimate acoustic shows (Ben Ottewell). And then there’s events like the BBC Free Thinking Festival, featuring another NorthEast treasure, Lauren Lavern, and the great performances from Northern Sinfonia. I’m forever boring visitors to the region about how incredible this place is. I get to go again soon(ish) as I’ve just bought tickets to see a Fleetwood Mac tribute act with my parents (but that’s a surprise for them!).


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