Business and sector growth

Our Business and Sector Growth team works to give North East businesses the support they need to reach their full potential.

Colin Bell

Business and Sector Growth Director

07909 516422

Ken Arnold

Growth Hub Connector

07920 184719

Emily Carlson

Programme Support Officer

07780 465 942

Andrew Clark

Energy Programme Lead

07775 003238

Ben Feechan

Business Growth Support Officer

07435 338299

Siobhan Finnon

Programme Manager

07824 544 954

Craig Harrison

Growth Hub Connector

07584 158230

Elaine Jackson

Programme Management Assistant

07917 211 803

Dawn Jarvis

Growth Hub Support Officer

07919 190150

Helen Lee

Programme Manager - Growth Hub

07833 295951

Andrew Leigh

Project Coordinator

07584 155 453

David Lynch

Energy Innovation Partnership Manager

07584 154 506

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.

Think Bigger

We don’t believe in mediocre – we push boundaries, raise the bar and
stretch outside of our comfort zone so we can deliver the best outcome
and highest level of impact for our region.

Better Together

Partnerships are at our core – whether that’s internal or external,
national or local – we believe that developing trusted, collaborative
partnerships are central to everything we do.





Do The Right Thing

When we make a decision, we do so in an informed, evidence led way, with
integrity, self belief and accountability for the outcome that is intended.

Make a Difference

We are here because we have the passion, commitment and drive to make a
genuine difference and positive impact on people’s lives.