North East Local Enterprise Partnership on look out for new board member

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) is on the look out for a new board member after Fiona Cruickshank stepped down

SCM Pharma co-owner Fiona Cruickshank
Fiona Cruickshank

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) is on the look out for a new board member after pharmaceutical entrepreneur Fiona Cruickshank stepped down.

Board members are appointed for an initial period of up to three years and can serve a maximum of six years.

The recruitment process for a new board member will take into consideration the geography of the NELEP area, its key sectors and the different sizes of business operation to be reflected across its board membership.

It is hoped that the new board member will be in place by autumn 2013.

NELEP chairman Paul Woolston said: “Fiona has been a fantastic board member, driving our rural network work and underpinning much of our initial communications strategy activity.

“She is a superb ambassador for the North East LEP area and we all wish her huge success in the future.”

Fiona Cruickshank has been a LEP board member for two years.

She said: “It’s been a tremendously exciting experience to be part of the North East LEP from inception. My current commitments are escalating, meaning that it’s difficult to commit the time required to carry out extremely important work on behalf of the North East area as part of the LEP.

“I’m proud of the LEP’s achievements to date, and know that the board and its strong team of officers will continue to bring new investments and jobs to the area.”

Fiona Cruickshank is non-executive chair at SCM Pharma and is a founder of Gabriel Investors and a strategic advisory board member of BioNow. In 2010, she was awarded an OBE for services to business in the North East. To apply email :


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