JILL Williamson, right, has taken up the post of general manager at Sedgefield Racecourse, making her the seventh female racecourse manager in Britain.

The move comes just a few months after Jill took over the commercial management of the track, while holding the position of business development manager at Newcastle Racecourse.

The move comes just a few months after Jill took over the commercial management of the track, while holding the position of business development manager at Newcastle Racecourse.

CORUS has strengthened its team with the appointment of Gill Thornton, left, as steelmaking technical manager at Teesside Cast Products. Gill joined what was then British Steel in 1986 as a graduate in materials science and has since gained much experience working in different parts of the group.

DOCTOR Dermot Roddy, right, who helped make Teesside a centre for renewable energy and recycling industries is developing his career with Newcastle University.

He is due to leave Renew Tees Valley to become a professor of energy and environment development within the University’s ‘science city’ project in August.

THE GEORGIAN Theatre Royal in Richmond is applauding the European Regional Development Fund, which has allowed it to almost double its staff team, above. Amanda Walker has been promoted to the position of business development manager, while new funding from the Foyle Foundation has enabled the appointment of hospitality and tourism graduate Jenny Bright to the position of box office supervisor. Emma Valance is the new marketing and press officer, Clare Weaver has been appointed technician and Daisy Leverington is now in the role of education officer. The Georgian Theatre Royal also welcomes Charlotte Tock as cafe supervisor and Samantha Wilson as cleaner.

MICHAEL Jones of Stockton-based Darchem Engineering has been awarded the region’s Chartered Manager of the Year by the Chartered Management Institute.

The award - a professional benchmark for managers in the UK - recognises Michael’s significant and positive impact at work, meeting customer needs, leading people and managing change.

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