The TTE Technical Training Group has appointed a new finance director and expanded its finance department with the creation of two new positions.
ANDREA PRESTON has been promoted to the newly-created role after more than four years at TTE. She joined as financial controller and progressed to the position of group finance manager before taking her current position.
Her promotion, alongside the development of TTE’s commercial operations, has also led to the requirement for the introduction of a group financial controller and a commercial accountant. TTE is currently in the process of recruiting for these roles.
As a member of the board, Andrea will lead TTE’s financial strategic direction with particular emphasis on securing available funding for the training of young people on Teesside and overseeing commercial contracts, an area in which she has developed particular expertise.
TTE has experienced strong growth in its commercial activities, particularly overseas in markets such as Oman, United Arab Emirates, West Africa and Azerbaijan.
The organisation has secured projects ranging from consultancy and training programmes through to the design, delivery and operation of training centres, all of which require specialist contracting expertise and cultural understanding of different international markets.
Andrea said: “I am looking forward to being an executive director of TTE and playing a key part in the success TTE is enjoying in delivering skills across industry.
“The reputation TTE has established in both domestic and international markets has really helped with the organisation’s growth and its efforts to support the training of young people on Teesside.
“As a charity we reinvest the surpluses from our commercial activities into our training provision that assists the development of the local workforce.”
Steve Grant, managing director of TTE, added: “Andrea is a major asset to the organisation and her knowledge and experience will continue to be of real benefit to TTE. It is also pleasing that the demand for our services, and the increase in opportunities across global industry sectors, has led to the creation of two new jobs.”