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New CEO at Advance Northumberland

15th April 2024

New CEO at Advance Northumberland  

Economic regeneration and development company, Advance Northumberland, has now welcomed Steven Harrison as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Steven is to lead the business, which is based in Ashington, following the recent retirement of Robin Earl. Advance Northumberland is Northumberland County Council’s primary regeneration delivery vehicle and employs a wide range of investment, development, and regeneration capabilities to promote economic growth and prosperity within Northumberland.

Steven is a vastly experienced and highly respected Board executive and a skilled and successful leader, well accustomed to operating within development and industrial environments.  He possesses a high level of strategic, change management, service delivery, commercial and operational expertise.  

His previous roles include amongst others, Chief Operating Officer at the Port of Tyne, Group Managing Director at Able UK, Managing Director at Banks Mining and Managing Director at QE Facilities Ltd.  Steven brings a wealth of knowledge as a business leader actively involved in the delivery of projects and initiatives.

Steven Harrison, Chief Executive Officer said: “On behalf of the Board and all at Advance Northumberland, I would like to thank my predecessor Robin Earl for his significant contribution to our business and wish him the very best in the future.

“I feel privileged and excited to be joining a dedicated, talented team which is delivering real and lasting change for the people of Northumberland.

“My aim is to sustainably grow the business and to maximise the social value generated for the communities we serve. By upholding our values of dedication, honesty, and collaboration I’m convinced we will continue to deliver real benefits for all our stakeholders.”

Jeff Reid, Chair of Advance Northumberland said: "I am delighted that Steven has now joined us as CEO. It's a role which brings a host of opportunities and Steven is joining us at an exciting time as we continue to drive forward with the Council to maximise business and employment opportunities in the county."

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