Management Group

Leading the forum is a business-led management group, which represents a cross-section of the business community. Management group members provide advice and guidance on particular areas of expertise, chair the Forum’s various Sector Groups and Sub-Groups, and provide a link to a wider network of business groups and associations.

David W Bavaird (Chair of Business Forum)

David Bavaird, a director of North Shields-based Engaging Pathways, has worked in finance, logistics and project management for over 20 years and brings a wealth of experience to the role. He is also the Chair of North Shields Chamber of Trade and Commerce,and sits on a number of boards of education and third sector organisations.


David Hodgson (Treasurer)

David is both a chartered accountant and chartered banker with over 40 years experience advising and representing a wide variety of North Tyneside businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

Andrew Esson (Chair of North Tyneside Manufacturers’ Forum)

Andrew acquired Quick Hydraulics through a management buy-in in September 2011. Andrew is also a Board Member of NOF Energy, a Member of the EEF NE Regional Council and a member of the Subsea North East Executive Committee. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Contact: 0191 2576548.

Karen Goldfinch (Events and Communications Group Lead)

Karen has worked in retail for over 30 years and has experience of both large chain stores and independent high street stores. Opening her own retail business ‘Made to Treasure’ in 2002, she has now diversified into the service industry and continues to grow her company, specialising in Wedding & Events – both social and corporate events. Karen is the former Chair of Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade, and an administrator on several local social media groups, both community & business focused groups, including the North Tyneside Business Forum.

Richard Kelly (Chair of North Tyneside Construction Forum)

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