North East Initiative on Business Ethics

Together | Talking | Transforming

Putting ethics at the heart of business life 

The North East Initiative on Business Ethics (NIBE) was established in May 2013 as an independent regional resource with an aspiration to become a focal point for good business behaviour.  Its formation braided the work of Newcastle University Business School’s Ethics Forum (and its community of people interested and involved in business ethics) with research and training undertaken by the London-based Institute of Business Ethics and the interests and faith lead of the City Centre Chaplaincy and The People’s Kitchen. Together we felt there needed to be a north east organisation that focused on business ethics and brought people together to learn from each other, share good practice and make a difference in the community.

We set up a working group in partnership with Newcastle University Business School to establish robust governance structures for NIBE so that we could move quickly to offer a range of services and training packages. We were then in a position to attract individual and organisational signatories to a NIBE pledge and it was envisaged that these early signatories would become the new organisation’s funding (and paying) members.  Our three aims: ‘together, talking, transforming’ were already being brought alive by the Newcastle Journal’s ‘Pay Fair’ campaign.  This was a direct response to concerns around prompt payment terms that were raised by a small business at our launch.

Original NIBE Steering Group:


Reverend Canon Glyn Evans, City Centre Chaplain & Caroline Theobald CBE, Managing Director, Bridge Club Ltd and co-founder Business Ethics Forum, NUBS

Lucy Armstrong, Alchemists and CBI Regional Council, Visiting Goldman Professor, Newcastle University Business School

James Ramsbotham, CEO, North East Chamber of Commerce

Richard Talbot-Jones, Insurance Institute of Newcastle upon Tyne

Bob Eldridge MBE, People’s Kitchen

Hugh Welch, Senior Partner, Muckle LLP and Trustee Shepherds Dean

David Faulkner, Newcastle City Council

Kevan Carrick, JK Property Consultants LLP; RICS and chair of trustees City Centre Chaplaincy

Paul Woolston, Chair, NELEP

Church Leaders including Bishop of Newcastle, Professor GeoffMoore,Durham University and Canon Stephen Cherry, Durham; Reverend Sheila Bamber, Sunderland Minster

Barry Speker OBE DL, Sintons

Individual Supporters included:

Lucy Winskell OBE DL, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Northumbria University

Chi Onawara, MP for Newcastle