G4C in the North East has been active for a number of years growing from strength to strength recently expanding the network with an additional G4C group in the Tees Valley. We are open to anyone looking to join the industry, or in their early stages of their career in the built environment sector. Each group has a committee which meets up once a month to discuss initiatives and events.
For more information visit our regional webpage
North East Co-Chairs
Irina is an Associate the internationally renowned Architects, FaulknerBrowns. Originally from Russia she has brought a global perspective to design which challenges traditional models and drives innovation. Having been involved in the design of a number of high profile projects in the past, she is currently leading the design and delivery of a major sports facility for the University of Portsmouth which will raise the national benchmark for sustainability in this sector.Having achieved an architectural qualification in Russia, Irina came to the UK to complete two Masters Degrees in Architecture and Urban Design from Newcastle University, gaining a Distinction. Irina is an advocate of diversity and equality in the construction industry and has been actively involved in the development of the FaulknerBrowns’ training and development programme supporting graduates with their professional growth and qualification. In 2017, Irina was named the winner of the prestigious AJ/Curtins Inspiring Graduate Prize and she has received the G4C National Future Leader Award in 2018.
Mitchell is a Project Manager with Newcastle City Council’s Major Projects Team. Mitchell joined the council at the age of 16 with the intention of pursuing a career in architecture. Working within a multi-disciplined team he worked on some of Newcastle’s most prized assets such as the Castle Keep, and during his time with Architectural Services he worked on a project to transform a number of the city’s key main primary schools, for which he won national recognition.
Since then he has been involved in the delivery of Newcastle Helix, a leading site for research and innovation in the heart of Newcastle. Mitchell manages the daily co-ordination between contractors, design teams and clients to ensure the £350 million scheme is a success and achieves its objective to become a 24-acre testbed and collaborative ecosystem for public and private bodies that’s unlike anything else in the UK.
Having achieved an ONC, HNC, HND in Construction and the Built Environment at New College Durham and achieving various construction management qualifications, Mitchell is now studying a Quantity Surveying degree part time at Northumbria University. Mitchell looks to use his knowledge on modern methods of construction and climate change mitigation and adaptation to influence the way in which we approach future large infrastructure projects to ensure sustainability and social values are included wherever possible.
The most prestigious award Mitchell has received to date was in 2015 when he was named the National Apprentice of the Year at the Association of Public Service Excellence awards. Also, in this year Mitchell won the Isaac Berriman Cup for the Best Apprentice of the Year from the Isaac and Alan Berriman Trust, New College Durham’s Overall Apprentice of the Year and Technical & Professional Apprentice of the Year. These accolades came alongside earlier awards – 3rd Year Apprentice of the Year and overall Apprentice of the Year for Newcastle Council 2014.
Irina Korneychuk – I.Korneychuk@faulknerbrowns.co.uk
Mitchell Galloway – firstname.lastname@example.org