Published: 14th May 2020

The chairman of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has announced he is standing down, after nine years on the board. In a statement, the LEP said Andrew Hodgson OBE (pictured), will step down as soon as a replacement chair is recruited. The North East LEP is one of 38 LEPs in the country and sets the economic agenda for the region to promote and develop economic growth across the North East. Its geographic patch covers the local authority areas of County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland. The vice chair of the North East LEP’s board and the chief executive of Northumbrian Water, Heidi Mottram, said: ‘Andrew has been a superb chair since he was appointed in 2016 and has truly been committed to making our area an even better place to live and work. ‘During Andrew’s time as chair we have become respected … (To read the full article, subscribe below)