The North East LEP’s chief economist Mauricio Armellini is to take over from Rosie Smith as the Bank of England’s agent for the North East, starting on September 1.
In the meantime, Andrew Hebden will take responsibility for the role, supported by Louise Parreira and Hope Gray.
Armellini joined the North East LEP in September last year on secondment from the Department for Work and Pensions.
During his time there he has been involved in a variety of work crucial to boosting the region’s economy, including taking a leading role in setting up the LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan, designed to shape economic growth in the North East.
He has been a member of the Government Economic Service since 2008, gathering extensive public sector experience leading teams of analysts in areas of key ministerial attention such as skills and pensions.
Armellini moved to the region in 2005 to pursue doctoral studies in economics at Durham University, where he also taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Before that, he worked as a professional economist in the financial and non-for-profit sectors in his native Uruguay.
He now lives in Durham with his wife and his two boys, Tomas and Mateo, aged seven and three respectively.