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THE North Eastern Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) has a new boss.

Edward Twiddy has been appointed its director, to help drive forward enterprise and economic growth in the region.

Mr Twiddy is currently deputy director of local government and regions at the Treasury.

In his 10 years there, he has played a crucial role in the team set up to protect individual company assets, during the nationalisation of Northern Rock.

His new job will involve working alongside partners and the board, which includes business leaders, local government leaders and representatives from universities and colleges, to make the North East one of the best places to develop and grow business.

Chairman Paul Woolston said: “We are very happy to welcome Edward to the NELEP. His experience at the Treasury provides him with invaluable insight into the challenges we are facing.

“He brings a wealth of experience to the role and we are confident in his ability to lead the development of innovative strategies to tackle the economic pressures currently facing the region.”

Mr Twiddy said: “I’m delighted to be coming to work alongside the LEP Board and everyone with an interest in promoting the North East economy.

“The NELEP covers an area with unbounded potential and I want to ensure that we play a leading role in rebalancing the UK economy.”