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NEIL METCALF, 43, joins Hodgson Toyota Gateshead with more than 25 years of experience in the motor trade.

NEIL METCALF, 43, joins Hodgson Toyota Gateshead with more than 25 years of experience in the motor trade. He will oversee the running of the service department.

NOF Energy has recruited a marketing and membership adviser to assist with member services. HELEN EDGE, 23, is the most recent addition to the Washington business development agency for the oil and gas and related energy sectors. Helen’s role will involve making and maintaining member relations, which will allow her to define and recommend beneficial NOF Energy services to its 260-plus members.

Helen graduated from the University of Aberdeen last summer with a degree in economic science and management studies and decided to continue her education at the University of Salford with a post-graduate degree in marketing.

Sunderland homebuilder Wilcomm Homes has appointed JOHN CHARLTON as construction manager. John, 46, has been promoted from his previous role of site manager at the company and will be responsible for overseeing all Wilcomm’s construction sites. He has brought a wealth of experience, having previously worked for Dunelm Castle and Miller Homes during his 30 years in the industry.

Knowledge House, the organisation that fast tracks commercial partnerships between the region’s universities and the North-East business sector, has strengthened its team with an appointment.

STEPHEN MORETTI has been appointed assistant programmes manager, at its head office on Wessington Way, Sunderland. He will be responsible for maintaining and developing the Knowledge House Information System. This is a commercial project management database linking the region’s five universities (Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland, Durham and Teesside) and the Open University in the North.

Newcastle organisation and people development specialist ellmac has appointed JENNIFER FLINT as development facilitator.

She will design and deliver learning and organisation development programmes and provide specialist HR support. Jennifer will design learning interventions, change management programmes and personal development activities for ellmac’s clients.

The award-winning development at The Staiths prompted urban designer NICK SIMPSON to join the Ian Darby Partnership (idp) in Newcastle.

Nick, 26, joined idp after studying planning and urban design at the University of Newcastle. He has worked in placement positions at Newcastle City Council and South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council.

Award-winning business consultant IAN SCURFIELD has joined Gateshead engineering firm Jordans as operations director.

His previous roles include business consultant and senior partner for Forward Vision, a training company that specialises in the manufacturing industry. There he won a national training award for consultancy offered to PC Henderson Garage Doors.

He also spent several years in management for engineering companies such as Hashimoto in Boldon, where he became Kaizen techniques co-ordinator. Ian holds an MBA with distinction from Northumbria University.

Blyth Valley Council has appointed LISA DAVIDSON as administration officer to its yourlink team. She previously worked as a ward clerk on the special care baby unit at Newcastle’s RVI hospital.

Newcastle housebuilder Bellway has promoted TRACY JACKSON and JAN POUNDER to sales managers.

Tracy has worked at Bellway for over 10 years and most recently acted as sales advisor at the Ochre Yards development on Gateshead Quays. She will manage all Bellway developments across Gateshead, Sunderland and Durham.

Following a career working for other leading homebuilders, Jan Pounder joined Bellway almost three years ago and she will manage all the company’s developments across the south of the region.


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