North East business leaders named in honours list

North East business leaders named in honours list

Business leaders from across the region have helped fly the flag for North East business after being named among the New Year’s Honours List.

Caroline Theobald, founder and director of The Bridge Club, has been awarded a CBE for services to business and entrepreneurship.

The award comes after a year of continued success for Theobald who has continued to champion entrepreneurship across the region.

This included the hosting of the sell-out GENESIS 2015 event, the North East’s first inclusive celebration of enterprise and entrepreneurship, boasting over 700 delegates.

Bob Paton, the managing director of Accenture (North East) and the former interim chairman of the North East LEP, has also been awarded a CBE.

The award recognises Paton’s services to the promotion of IT skills and apprenticeships having led the LEP’s drive to plug the skills gap in the region last year.

Ashington born, he has built his entire career in the North East, spending 20 years working in the civil service before joining the global consultancy Accenture in 1992.

Andrew Moffat, chief executive of the Port of Tyne, was also named among the list receiving a CBE for services to the region’s economy and UK ports.

He was joined by Ian Dormer, ‎managing director of Rosh Engineering, who made the list for his services to business particularly in the North East.

Acknowledged for services to women in business and female entrepreneurship in the region, founder and director of She’s Gott It, Nickie Gott, also received an OBE.

Gott, 49 founded She’s Gott It! in April 2002 and the company based on the Lambton estate has now become renowned for creating exciting events internationally, including the recent Hitachi plant opening attended by the Prime Minister and Chancellor and the opening of the new Crowne Plaza Newcastle.

Other business leaders to be named among the list included Lesley Spuhler of the Foundation of Light, Cllr Simon Henig of County Durham Council and Giselle Stewart, director of corporate affairs for Ubisoft among others.