Sarah Stewart

For the past five years Sarah Stewart has been the chief executive of NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI), the local agency responsible for inspiring people to visit and invest in the area. Sarah moved to the North East in 1981 and also holds a number of other non-executive positions with VisitEngland, Arts Council North, Beamish Museum, Newcastle Cathedral, Newcastle University and Durham University Business School

Luxe People >>

Family & friends, plus the great team I work with at NGI.

Luxe places >>

For a weekend > Walking in the Cheviots or Lake District.

A long holiday > I am currently planning a trip to New Zealand in 2016.

A treat > A relaxing night at home with the family.

Luxe relax >>

Best food > Anything cooked by my husband Alastair.

Best wine > Champagne every time (it helps being married to a wine merchant).

Favourite restaurant > My husband’s kitchen!

Perfect weekend > Shopping and lunch out with my daughter Catherine, trip to St James’ with Alastair and son Nick and a walk at the Northumbrian coast with Lily our springer spaniel.

Best telly > This week it’s Game of Thrones and Poldark.

Best book > I’m currently reading Anne Cleeves’ Shetland novels which make me want to visit.

Best sounds > A Royal Northern Sinfonia concert at Sage Gateshead and I saw Sting with The Last Ship at Sage recently which was superb.

Luxe shop >>

Best shopping city > NewcastleGateshead of course!

Luxe retail treat: A pamper spa day with Catherine.

Luxe party >>

A memorable night out > Drinks and walk along Quayside followed by a play at any of our great local theatres.

Perfect party > Our annual Fireworks Party at home with 100 friends of all ages (Alastair’s firework displays get better every year).

Work do/work event > North East businesses support so many charities and I regularly receive invites to attend interesting and fun fundraising events, such as the annual Clay Pigeon Shoot at Lambton Estate which is talking place in May for the Princes’ Trust.

Best dress > I prefer casual and comfy rather than glamour!

Dinner date > An impromptu supper party with close friends and family.

Your luxe thing in life >>

I feel very lucky to have been able to combine such a varied and challenging career with rewarding family life, and all in this beautiful part of the world.

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