Search continues for a full time chief executive

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An organisation looking to raise prospects in the region is looking to appoint an interim chief executive after failing to secure a permanent employee.

The North East LEP and North East Combined Authority (NECA) have decided to put a temporary chief executive in place to lead the LEP over the next six months to continue work investing in economic growth.

It is important that we make an interim appointment now to lead the LEP forward

Paul Woolston, North East LEP chair

The post had been offered to on candidate but she withdrew last week due to personal reasons, meaning the recruitment process for a permanent chief executive is continuing.

North East LEP chairman Paul Woolston said: “It is important we make an interim appointment now to lead the LEP forward at a crucial time for the local economy and following the general election.

“It is frustrating and disappointing that we haven’t been able to make the permanent appointment we wished to make and that this process has taken so long.

“We understand the frustration that businesses must feel about the appointment process and we share those.

“We are working hard to secure the very best possible chief executive, one with the proven leadership qualities, drive and passion that this post requires.”

“This has taken far longer than we all had hoped but we will find and appoint the leader our region deserves as quickly as we can.”

Simon Henig, chair of NECA and vice chair of North East LEP, said: “We are all clear in our determination to appoint an outstanding chief executive, one that can take forward our bold economic agenda.

“Clearly, we all hoped that person would be in place now.

“We remain focussed on working together to complete the recruitment process and appoint a permanent chief executive of the calibre that the post requires to build on the momentum achieved to date to deliver long term economic growth.”