Business leader awarded OBE in Queen's Birthday Honours

A respected leader has been awarded an OBE for services to business and the regional economy.

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 7:00 am
Helen Golightly, chief executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP).
Helen Golightly, chief executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP).

Helen Golightly, chief executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP), was recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Under Helen’s leadership, partner engagement with the North East LEP and the region’s Strategic Economic Plan has helped deliver more than 71,000 jobs since 2014.

Helen has been instrumental in securing over £2billion investment for the region, resulting in the delivery of 140 capital and 40 revenue projects securing 20,000 more jobs for the region.

During the coronavirus pandemic Helen has played a leading role in the region’s response, bringing together the public, private, education and voluntary sectors to form the North East COVID-19 Economic Response Group.

Helen said: “I feel proud and humbled to be recognised in this way.

"I would like to dedicate this honour to the whole team at the North East LEP, who strive to increase investment and improve skills, job opportunities and purposeful business support across the North East to improve the lives of others.

“Focused, collaborative work with partners has never been more important as we emerge from the pandemic, and I feel privileged to play a role in responding to the economic impact and opportunities that lie ahead for our very special region.”

Lucy Winskell OBE DL, chair of the North East LEP, said: “Helen is utterly deserving of this honour, having worked quietly but tirelessly to advocate for the North East at the highest levels and ensure that the business community has what it needs to not just survive but thrive.”