Gillian Hall, a senior partner of Watson Burton LLP, has been appointed to the board of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.
She replaces Fiona Cruickshank, of SCM Pharma and will be one of nine business leaders to sit alongside representatives from local government, universities and colleges who have a shared vision for business growth in the region.
“As someone who has spent most of her life in the North East, I’m delighted to have been appointed to the LEP board,” Hall said.
“I look forward to being an active board member, helping to bring about the North East LEP aims of creating more and better jobs across its area, and advising on the creation of new opportunities for investment, exports and innovation.
“I’ve worked with many private and public sector organisations across the region during my career, and look forward to being directly involved in LEP decisions which will help the North East’s economy and productivity grow.”
Originally from North Tyneside, Hall, who has a first-class degree from Cambridge, has been a corporate partner with Watson Burton since 1988.
In 2010, she became the first female senior partner of a full service law firm in the north of England.
Chairman of the LEP, Paul Woolston, said: “We had a strong response to the recruitment campaign for a board member, with highly qualified business people from around the region applying to fill the vacant post, making it a difficult task to choose from a talented field.
“Gillian’s legal and commercial expertise and the depth of her experience with businesses and organisations inside and outside the region are valuable assets, and complement the strengths offered by other board members.”