New appointments add strength to North East LEP board

New appointments add strength to North East LEP board

Four business leaders in some of the region’s most senior roles will bring their business acumen and industry knowledge to the North East LEP as newly appointed board members.

The LEP has appointed Heidi Mottram, chief executive of Northumbrian Water Group, Andrew Moffat, chief executive of the Port of Tyne, Farooq Hakim, North East regional director for BT and Mark Thompson, managing partner of Ryder Architecture, to its board.

The new board members will take up their new posts immediately, replacing Paul Woolston, Gill Southern, Arnab Basu and Michael Bellamy.

They will guide the strategic direction of the North East LEP, making key decisions which will ensure the Strategic Economic Plan is delivered effectively.

The team has knowledge and experience in a range of key areas including inward investment, infrastructure, IT and skills development. They also have connections to academia, construction, digital tech and design.

Andrew Hodgson, North East LEP chair, said: “We have been able to appoint four outstanding business leaders to help oversee the strategic direction of the LEP at a crucial time in its evolution.

“Their industry experience will be invaluable in helping us deliver the aims set out in the Strategic Economic Plan, as is the passion Heidi, Andrew, Farooq and Mark all have for the North East and its economic future.”

Heidi Mottram, who has been chief executive of Northumbrian Water Group since 2010, said: “The North East is such a fantastic place to live, work and visit, and to have the opportunity to help strengthen its economic growth, and to champion our region both nationally and globally is a privilege.

“I am very much looking forward to working with my fellow LEP board members, and the wider business community, to strengthen our partnership and to ensure that we secure vital support to enable businesses and communities to flourish.”

Andrew Moffat said: It will be a privilege to be part of the LEP Board, and help build upon the work that has been done to support the delivery of the strategic plan for the North East. I look forward to working with the Board and all of the LEP partners to help take advantage of the existing and forthcoming opportunities for economic growth, bringing investment and jobs for the region.”