Find out more about the North East LEP delivery team
Senior management team
Our executive team, lead by Chief Executive Helen Golightly, drive and facilitate the delivery of the Strategic Economic Plan.
The team has four core values which we embed in everything we do. These are Think Bigger, Better Together, Do the Right Thing and Make a Difference. Read more about Our Values
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.
As the Skills Director for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Michelle Rainbow’s goal is a bold one. She wants the North East to become a national exemplar for skills, social mobility and inclusivity.
An influential diversity and inclusivity champion, throughout her career Michelle has consistently pioneered an ‘each and every’ approach. Since joining the LEP, she has placed this at the heart of the Strategic Economic Plan and ensured it underpins the Skills agenda so no-one is left behind.