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Mr Andrew Mitchell, MA MBA

Andrew joined Council as a lay member on 1 August 2008. He is Vice Chair of Council, Chair of the Governance Review Project Board. He is a member of Nominations and Finance and General Purposes Committees .

Andrew is Chief Executive of North East Finance (Newcastle upon Tyne) which he established in 2003 to facilitate the development of a dynamic venture capital industry in the North East.

After graduating from Wadham College, Oxford in 1980 with MA (Politics Philosophy and Economics) he worked in the City for two years. He left to take up a place at the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau from where he obtained an MBA in 1986. He gained the Investment Management Certificate from the Society of Investment Professionals in 2002.

Between 1987 - 1989 he worked for the international management consultancy firm, Booz.Allen & Hamilton from its London office, before establishing a number of small businesses in the technology and finance sectors.

He is a non-executive director of a number of technology companies and a director/trustee of Reach to Teach which runs schools in rural India. He also chairs the North East Social Investment Fund, a joint initiative of the Northern Rock Foundation and the Big Society Capital Fund.