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Following Fiona Cruickshank’s decision to step down from the board of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP), her place will be filled following a recruitment process to be carried out by Lorna Moran from Northern Recruitment Group.

Paul Woolston, chair of NELEP, said: “Fiona has been a fantastic board member, driving our rural network work and underpinning much of our initial communications strategy activity. She is a superb ambassador for the North East LEP area and we all wish her huge success in the future.”

Fiona Cruickshank has been a LEP board member for two years. She said: “It’s been a tremendously exciting experience to be part of the North East LEP from inception. My current commitments are escalating, meaning that it’s difficult to commit the time required to carry out extremely important work on behalf of the North East area as part of the LEP.

“I’m proud of the LEP’s achievements to date, and know that the board and its strong team of officers will continue to bring new investments and jobs to the area.”

North East LEP board members are appointed for an initial period of up to three years and can serve a maximum of six years. The recruitment process for a new board member will take into consideration the geography of the NELEP area, its key sectors and the different sizes of business operation to be reflected across its board membership. It is hoped that the new board member will be in place by autumn 2013.

Fiona Cruickshank is non-executive chair at SCM Pharma which she set up in 2004, and is a founder of Gabriel Investors and a strategic advisory board member of BioNow. In 2010, she was awarded an OBE for services to business in the North East.

Anyone interested in applying to be a board member of the North East LEP should contact Lorna Moran at NRG. Tel: 0191 260 4412, email : [email protected]

Further information from Christine Holland, Holland PR & Marketing Ltd. Tel 01670 790246 or 07711 698246.

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