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The Executive Group – Networking for senior directors and decision-makers in North East England

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2024, The Executive Group brings together North East senior directors and decision-makers in a relaxed, non-sales environment.

We hold regular lunch events in stunning and unique venues across the region, with an emphasis on creating trusted long-term relationships.

Membership is capped at 50 companies, to allow those connections between peers to deepen and flourish.

Read on to learn more about our purpose, eligibility, events and fees, or go straight to the membership form here to be added to the waiting list.

Our purpose

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The purpose of The Executive Group is:

  • To build relationships between members of the group to support the sharing of best practice, peer support and mentoring.
  • To provide an opportunity for members of the group to step outside the everyday operation of their business.
  • To provide a forum for discussion to keep abreast of regional, national and global business issues.

The Executive Group’s members are our biggest champions, and have described our events as “simply the best in the North East” and something they would “recommend in a heartbeat”.


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We provide an informal environment for senior, director-level, decision-makers only – something we strictly adhere to:

  • One representative per company
  • Any substitutions must be at director level
  • Larger and corporate organisations are eligible
  • Smaller companies but with a highly visible regional profile are also eligible at our discretion.

Events are a strictly non-sales environment; the emphasis is on enabling and growing relationships for future business opportunities.

The Group will be limited to 50 member companies to ensure relationships can develop. Attendance is typically between thirty and forty at each event.

Membership fees

The current membership fee (2024) is £650 plus VAT per annum.

Membership of The Executive Group also includes standard Durham Business Club benefits and events (which can be accessed by any level of representative from within your company), plus six Executive Group lunches each year.

This year’s events

The Executive Group 2024 dates

We have an excellent programme of lunches planned for 2024, including:

8 February – 10th Anniversary Lunch, Crowne Plaza, Newcastle

18 April – Belsay Hall

6 June – Beamish Museum

8 August – HMS Calliope, Gateshead

3 October – Raby Castle

5 December – Durham Masonic Hall.


Join The Executive Group

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If you’re an eligible company that is interested in the Group and would like to know more, please contact Alison Gittins on 0191 375 5700 or drop her a message using our contact form.

We are delighted that we are currently at our full complement of 50 members, a limit that we implement to maintain the exceptional quality of experience and ensure that all members who wish to are able to enjoy attending our exclusive events.

If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please register your interest using our online membership form.

Stay up to date

The Executive Group now has its own social media accounts at @TheExecGroupDBG – for the latest updates and event pictures, follow our accounts on Twitter and LinkedIn.