The North East LEP Board includes eighteen representatives from across the private, public and education sectors and is chaired by Andrew Hodgson, former Chief Executive Officer of Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD). Each of the Leaders and the Elected Mayors from our seven local authority areas are members of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership Board.
The first version of the Strategic Economic Plan was published in April 2014. It followed on from the North East Independent Economic Review and set out a high level vision for the economy and included investment programmes for Local Growth Fund and European funds which were available at that time.
The SEP was refreshed during 2016 and launched in March 2017 following an extensive consultation involving businesses and economic partners. The refresh process enabled the region to reflect on new economic data following the end of the recession and the changing economic policy environment including the decision to leave the European Union.