Dr Colin Herron and Tony Ikwue (pictured)
Innovation Board members
North East LEP
The North East LEP has welcomed two new members to its Innovation Board. Dr Colin Herron, managing director of Zero Carbon Futures and Tony Ikwue, director of Enterprise and Innovation at the University of Sunderland, have joined leading figures from the region’s business, academic and civic communities to help drive innovation and growth in the region.
Newcastle-headquartered Watson Burton has appointed a new associate solicitor to enhance its employment expertise. Hazel Royle joins the law firm from Burnetts Solicitors in Carlisle and has a vast experience of the education sector, having worked extensively with colleges, schools and higher education institutions.
Jill Dovey, a specialist in IT and data protection law, has joined law firm Muckle LLP. Jill has an in-depth knowledge of legal issues across a range of technology-focused areas having worked at FTSE 100 software company, Sage, for seven years. In her new role, she will advise businesses on their contracts and data management.
Head of education partnerships
Newcastle College has appointed Ronnie Burn to the new role of head of education partnerships. Ronnie, who has worked at the college in a number of roles over a 21-year period, is now tasked with promoting awareness of vocational skills and training opportunities available at Newcastle College – working with schools and employers across the North East.
Traidcraft, the Gateshead-based organisation that fights poverty through trade in developing countries, has appointed a new chief executive. Robin Roth, current managing director of Germany-based GEPA, will take up his role on October 1, 2016. He will be responsible for both the trading company, Traidcraft plc, and the charity, Traidcraft Exchange.
Eleven Arches has appointed a technical director to deliver its epic outdoor live production, which will open in Bishop Auckland this summer. Simon Horsley (left), who boasts 25 years’ experience in the theme park and entertainment industry, will work alongside production director, Damien Boissinot (right) and the specialist technical and design team.