The head of the region's largest business membership organisation is joining the panel of a key North East business event.
James Ramsbotham, chief executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC), will be a panellist at the Economic Forecast Breakfast event on Thursday, April 10.
Wealth management firm Brewin Dolphin, in conjunction with the Evening Gazette and Newcastle-based sister paper The Journal, is supporting the event at Ramside Hall in County Durham.
A panel of experts from business and industry will join leading market strategist Ben Gutteridge, head of fund research at Brewin Dolphin, to debate what the future holds for the global and national economy.
The panel also includes Mike Matthews, Nifco European operations officer and managing director of Nifco UK; Dr Joanna Berry, director of engagement at Newcastle University Business School; Catherine Walker, NewcastleGateshead Initiative’s inward investment director; and Rachel Turnbull, chief executive officer of TT2, which operates the Tyne Tunnels.
Ramsbotham has been NECC’s chief executive since 2006.
The organisation has almost 4,000 members and delivers a range of business support services, including training and international trade advice.
Previously, Ramsbotham was vice chairman of Esh Group construction company.
Prior to that, he spent 14 years at Barclays Bank plc and 12 years as a soldier in the Royal Green Jackets.
Ramsbotham is a deputy lieutenant for County Durham, chairman of the Darlington Building Society and honorary colonel for The Rifles (TA) in County Durham.
He also contributes to Durham Cathedral, Business Durham, The DLI Museum, The Foundation of Light and other charitable organisations.
Passionate about the North East economy and ensuring the future of the region’s workforce, he has played a vocal role in encouraging businesses to take on apprentices.
Ramsbotham said: “NECC’s Quarterly Economic Survey is the region’s most important barometer of business performance and confidence.
"Recent surveys show strong growth amongst North East businesses who continue to exploit new markets at home and abroad. I am privileged to represent their views.”