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Lord Falconer announced as new chairman of The Sage Gateshead

The Sage Gateshead annouces a new Chairman Credit: Sage Gateshead

The film producer Lord Puttnam has stepped down as Chairman of The Sage Gateshead, after five years.

The former Lord Chancellor and Labour minister Lord Falconer is taking over the role.

The new Chairman of The Sage Gatehead, Lord Falconer Credit: Andrew Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Lord Falconer currently leads the NewcastleGateshead Business Growth Commission, set up to attract investment to the area.

He had previously chaired the Tyneside regeneration group 1NG, which was scrapped last year.

Lord Puttnam will continue his involvement with The Sage Gateshead as Patron of its 10th Birthday Endowment Campaign.

Former Chairman Lord Puttnam will take over a fundraising role Credit: Zak Hussein/PA Archive/Press Association Images

He will be working to raise £4m from private donations, in order to win a further £2m from the Arts Council England.

The new £6m endowment would be used to build on the current artistic programme, to develop relations and collaborate more with international arts organisations.