North East Industrial Strategy Steering Group

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North East Local Industrial Strategy Steering Group

The Steering Group oversees the development of the Local Industrial Strategy.

Andrew Hodgson OBE


Andrew has held Chief Executive positions in the energy and subsea sectors, and has been awarded three Queen’s Awards for Industry.

He joined the North East LEP board in 2011 and took over as Chair in 2016, where he works to help drive forward the vision of the North East Strategic Economic Plan to create 100,000 more jobs, and works with key stakeholders to ensure the region’s economy is strengthened.

He also chairs the North East Skills Advisory Panel, is a trustee for the International Centre for Life and the Northern Education Trust. He is a former North East Business Exec of the year and EY Entrepreneur of the Year, and has received an OBE for his work in manufacturing.

Andrew is currently Chairman at Avid Technology, a high growth EV component developer and manufacturer.

You can read Andrew’s Register of Interests here.

Helen Golightly

Helen Golightly

Chief Executive

Helen has been with the North East LEP since 2012, and the Chief Executive Officer since 2015. As the senior executive at the LEP, Helen leads the delivery of the North East Strategic Economic Plan, working with partners to grow the local economy. Her previous experience includes over twenty years in a number of local government roles in planning, regeneration, economic development and corporate governance. She has extensive programme and fund management experience with responsibility for delivering a wide range of programmes and commercial negotiations.

You can read Helen’s Register of Interests here.

Pat Richie

Chief Executive of Newcastle City Council

Pat joined Newcastle City Council as Chief Executive in 2013.  Since then, she has overseen a period of sustained, leading-edge growth and renewal in the city, at the Stephenson Quarter site, delivering the impressive Rise housing development at Scotswood and playing a leading role in securing the multi-million-pound investment deal to bring Legal and General to Newcastle’s flagship Helix development.  Alongside this, Pat has established a culture of transformation in the way the Council delivers services with partners.  This includes creating innovative new models for leisure and parks as well as reforming services which protect the most vulnerable people such as children’s social care and delivering new, supported housing fit for the future.

Pat continues to play an active role in shaping and influencing national policy and regularly contributes to national thinking on key policy issues such as public service reform, housing and transport.  She has taken a leading role in driving proposals for devolution of powers and funding for the region and led on negotiations with government for the North of Tyne devolution deal.

Pat is the interim chief executive of the new North of Tyne Combined Authority.

Pat worked closely with police and other partners to respond and support victims as part of Operation Sanctuary and led the high profile media response on conclusion of the trials.

Pat is a former Chief Executive of the Homes and Community Agency (HCA) where she led delivery of the Affordable Homes Programme, decent homes, and locally led economic development.
Before joining HCA, Pat was Assistant Chief Executive and Director of Strategy at One North East, leading the Regional Economic Strategy and action plan, as well as leading development of the Objective 2 programme for the North East. Prior to this, she was Deputy Chief Executive of The Wise Group, a prominent employment and training company in Scotland and the North of England.

Patrick Melia

Chief Executive of Sunderland City Council

Patrick is driven by a desire to ensure the delivery of high quality services that enable residents to live healthy and independently economic lives, safely in their communities.

He understands that strong partnerships across the public, business and voluntary and communities sectors, with everyone working to a common goal, are fundamental to this.

Patrick is committed to leading a significant change programme within Sunderland City Council to ensure that it delivers outstanding services for residents and that Sunderland continues to be a great place for residents to live, for businesses to thrive and for visitors to enjoy.

His priorities for the city include major physical regeneration of the City Centre to create a vibrant place for people to live, work and visit and to create more jobs for people in the local community.
Patrick was previously Chief Executive with North Tyneside Council, where he utilised his extensive record on delivering major projects, involving multiple partnerships, by providing leadership for the transformation of the 13 hectares of prime Enterprise Zone land at Swans into a hub for the offshore, renewable energy and advanced engineering sectors.  To provide around 1,000 new jobs for the North East and the delivery of the North Tyneside Seafront Master Plan, including investment of £36m into the coastal area, ultimately bringing the much loved iconic Spanish City back to life.
Patrick, who secured a Masters in Business Administration at Durham University’s Business School has previously held roles at Board-level in Police, Probation and the Health Sector and is Chair of a Multi Academy Trust.

Jane Robinson

Dean for Engagement and Place at Newcastle University

Jane Robinson is Dean for engagement and place at Newcastle University.  Prior to joining Newcastle University, she was Chief Executive of Gateshead Council and played a key role in the establishment of the North East Combined Authority and the development of the Local Enterprise Partnership. She began her career in the cultural sector and pioneered programmes to support the development of the Creative Industries. Throughout her career she has been involved in a wide range of projects and partnerships to support economic and business growth in the North East of England

Tom Frater

Tom Frater

Policy Team Leader of the Government’s Cities and Local Growth Unit

Tom is a Policy Team Leader in the Gateshead office of the Government’s Cities and Local Growth Unit. Tom works on Devolution, Local Growth and Northern Powerhouse matters. Tom completed the Civil Service Fast Stream in 2016, having worked with the Department for Transport, UK Visas and Immigration in the Home Office and the Regional Growth Fund, as well as a digital strategy secondment to the charity Leap: Confronting Conflict. Before joining the Civil Service, Tom qualified as a solicitor with Hogan Lovells International LLP, with experience of judicial review and commercial litigation. He also spent six months on secondment to the consumer credit legal team at Lloyds Banking Group.

Adrian Coates

Area Lead – Government's Cities and Local Growth Unit

Area Lead – North East Local Enterprise Partnership, Cities and Local Growth Unit (Yorkshire, Humber and the North East) – covering Growth Deal, and North East Local Industrial Strategy.

Andrew Batterbee

Area Director

Cities & Local Growth, Yorkshire and Humber & the North East

Government’s Local Growth Team – a partnership between the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Communities and Local Government

Andrew Battarbee works in the Government’s Cities and Local Growth Unit, as Area Director for Yorkshire, Humber and the North East.  His team works with a wide range of partners to support inclusive growth across these regions.  Prior to taking on this role Andrew was responsible for adult skills strategy and funding in BIS.  He has been based in Sheffield since 2000.


Where can I find out more about the targets in the Strategic Economic Plan and how we are performing against them?

You can find information on all of our targets here. The North East LEP is constantly reviewing progress against the targets as new data emerges and publishing regular updates on the news section of this website.

How was the SEP developed?

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.

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