One of the Tees Valley’s most famous daughters will return to the region as keynote speaker at this year North East Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner.
The NECC has secured award-winning BBC business presenter Steph McGovern to address members of the business community at the sold-out 2014 Tees Valley Dinner.
The region’s largest business membership organisation has also signed-up Middlesbrough College as main sponsor for the evening, on September 25.
Miss McGovern, originally from Middlesbrough, is the face of business for BBC Breakfast, travelling all over the UK to cover breaking economic and business news. She will talk about life in front of the camera and behind it, having worked as lead producer on the BBC’s one, six and 10 o’clock news bulletins.
NECC also has a tradition of prominent business speakers and this year is no exception.
Steph’s first taste of life at the BBC came aged 19 when she was named Young Engineer for Britain, after saving Black & Decker more than £1m on a design she created for their Leaf Hog product. Having worked as both presenter and producer on business, Steph has also presented specialist factual shows for Radio 4 and presented on 5Live. She is also a governor for her former school on Teesside and runs workshops for children around the North East.
Middlesbrough College enjoys excellent links with business but sees this sponsorship deal as a further demonstration of its commitment to successfully bridging the gap between the worlds of business and education and training.
Principal and chief executive Zoe Lewis said: “The college is committed to playing a pivotal role in securing the long-term success of the Tees Valley and is embarking upon an ambitious programme of investment directed by the region’s business community, including the development of a £21m STEM Centre that will ensure that Middlesbrough College is best placed to nurture the North East’s most valuable asset – its people.
“Our partnership with the NECC reflects our shared determination to work with business across the North East to assure the international competitiveness of our region.”
The event, at the Thistle Hotel, Middlesbrough, will be attended by key members of the south of the region’s business community.
NECC chief executive James Ramsbotham said: “This event is a celebration of all the great things that have been happening in the Tees Valley business community over the past year, so it is fantastic to secure such a high quality speaker with Tees Valley roots and Middlesbrough College as sponsor.
“There are many business successes worthy of celebration in the Tees Valley and to sell out the event so quickly is a clear demonstration that many firms want to join us in celebrating their achievements and enjoy a fantastic evening.”