Introducing Ammar Mirza CBE

25 May 2017

‚ÄčIntroducing Ammar Mirza CBE

Ammar is a leadership & management consultant and entrepreneur with experience across a wide range of sectors. He has recently starting working with Culture Bridge North East to support delivery of our partnership investment challenge programme. A critical part of his work will be developing further relationships with individuals and organisations, helping them engage with partnership investment, as well as encouraging further applications.

During the next year Culture Bridge North East is investing £250,000 in cultural education through its partnership investment challenge fund, to help organisations lever new income to support high quality cultural education by, for and with children and young people. We want to invest in change, supporting sustainable ideas and relationships that embed cultural education.

Ammar is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM) and Royal Society of Arts (FRSA); he has helped to establish several hundred businesses in the North East and is the chairman and founder of the not-for-profit social enterprise Asian Business Connexions, connecting, supporting and promoting the Asian community. Ammar helped launch the Primary Inspiration through Enterprise (PIE) Project Charity and represents the private sector on various local strategic partnerships including the Learning Challenge and City Deal within Newcastle.

He is a board member of Your Homes Newcastle, chair of Newcastle Progression Forum, chair of governors at Tyneview Primary School, and director of the Riverside Learning Trust. As well as being Trustee of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, patron of Charlie Bear Charity at the Freeman Hospital and the private sector representative on the European Structural Investment Fund Sub Committee, Ammar has also recently been the 2015 David Goldman Visiting Professor for Innovation and Enterprise at Newcastle University where he continues as a Professor of Practice, and was selected as a Maserati 100 top 100 Entrepreneurs within the UK that are giving something back to encourage and support entrepreneurialism.

If you would like to get in touch with Ammar for an informal discussion about our partnership investment challenge, please email