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NE1 chief steps down after record year

Sean Bullick is standing down from his role as chief executive of Newcastle’s Business Improvement District after another record year for the organisation.

Sean Bullick, the longstanding chief executive of NE1 Ltd, is to step down after nearly 10 years at the helm.

He leaves the international award-winning business (winner of best European BID Award 2016) in a strong position as it prepares for renewal later this year. 

NE1’s operations director, Adrian Waddell, has been announced as the new chief executive.

Bullick said: “My time with NE1 has been fantastic. It has been a privilege to work with so many fantastic people across the city and to have delivered so much together.  

“I wish the superb NE1 team all the best for the future and I know the business will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Last year proved to be the best yet for the BID with over 340,000 visitors flocking to the city to attend events delivered and supported by NE1.

The city also secured £1.6m in Heritage Lottery Funding for the Bigg Market rejuvenation and the first phase of funding has been agreed by Newcastle City Council for the £3.2m Northumberland Street Area project.

Waddell’s appointment comes at an exciting time for NE1 with a packed programme of events and activities planned for 2018, and set against a backdrop of the Great Exhibition of the North and over £1.5bn of investment earmarked for Newcastle.

In May, the company will circulate its draft business plan to its 1,400 business members seeking comments and input to shape the final plan, which will be published in September. The BID renewal vote will then take place between 20 September and 18 October.

“Having worked at NE1 for eight years I am delighted to be taking the reins at what is such an exciting time for NE1 and the whole city,” said Waddell.

“The renewal vote in the autumn creates a fantastic opportunity for us to work with our businesses, the board and the team at NE1 to map out our business plan for the next five years. 

“Our programme for this year is our biggest and best yet and we are geared up, ready and eager to deliver a fantastic range of projects and events. I’m looking forward to an amazing summer and an outstanding year.   

“With record levels of investment in Newcastle and all that will be happening with the Great Exhibition of the North the spotlight is truly on Newcastle, it is the city’s time to shine.  

“We will be putting every effort into seizing the moment and promoting Newcastle on a regional, national and international stage.”