About Us

The Work Place, Conference & Events Venue is a result of the vision of Jane Ritchie (MBE) and the VOLT (Vocational Learning Trust) Charity and owes its success to the creativity and determination of The Work Place Team.

The Work Place is a trading arm of the charity and is a non-profit making organisation investing in the learners of County Durham.

A Space For Everyone

Since opening, we have hosted a variety of events from high profile conferences to smaller networking and training events. The venue provides excellent conference facilities, supported by staff who are very customer focused. This has quickly led to us being established as a first class venue of choice.

Environmentally Friendly

The building has been designed with environmental concerns in mind such as solar PV panels and ground source heat pumps.

Meet The Team

Sue White

Strategic Manager

Angela Wilkinson

Business Manager

Tracy Henderson

Centre Administrator

Ann McDonnell

Finance Officer

Tommy Hamilton


Dave Parkinson


Julie Turnbull

Centre Administrator

Anne-marie Ellison

Centre Administrator