The woman who manages the NETPark technology park has been appointed to a prestigious international body.
Catherine Johns, innovation and business growth director of Business Durham, was elected to the board of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) at its conference in Doha, Qatar.
She said: “This year, I was delighted to see how many science parks are reaching out beyond their boundaries to take on new roles, unleashing human potential, connecting with manufacturing and setting ambitious social and economic development goals.
“NETPark has been at the vanguard of this since launching NETPark Net, the innovation network seven years ago. I am proud of the contribution NETPark can make.”
Ms Johns' new role has come as NETPark, which is currently home to 23 cutting edge technology companies, celebrates its 10th anniversary.
Plans to extend the park were recently approved by Durham County Council.