She leads the development of Northumbria’s relationships with local government and public bodies, shaping its contribution to regional economic, cultural and social development and graduate employment.
Previously a litigation lawyer for 28 years, Lucy in recent years combined her professional legal practice with non-executive directorships and governance roles in public and private organisations. These have included the Government Office North East, Darlington Building Society, the Newcastle Gateshead City Development Company, 1NG and the BE Group. Currently she is Chairman of the Board of the North East England Chamber of Commerce, and Board Member of the British Chambers of Commerce. She sits on the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Lucy is a former member of the UK Law Society council, a former UK President of the Union Internationale des Avocats, and has served as UK chair of the British-American Project, the think-tank and international network for Anglo-US business and cultural relations.
She is a Trustee of Live Theatre and International Centre for Life, both in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Lucy was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday 2014 Honours List in recognition for her services to Higher Education and the regional economy in the North East. She was appointed as Deputy Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear in 2014 and was High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear 2015/16.