Paul Butler, an experienced cluster practitioner, joined the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) as Chief Executive Officer in March 2015.
Paul is also the only UK based Cluster Benchmarking Expert for the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA), who are mandated by the EU to support the creation of more world-class clusters across the EU. Using his experience and knowledge of clusters Paul has overseen the development of the NEAA, quickly establishing it as the largest automotive cluster in the UK and as the exemplar automotive cluster.
He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Durham.
Tel: +44 191 516 4400 / +44 7525 277 309
Eddie Leng, an organisational training and development practitioner, joined the NEAA in May 2015 as Project Manager.
Prior to his appointment Eddie worked with both the 1st tier automotive supply chain and wider SME engineering/ manufacturing base, delivering effective training and development solutions. He was a key member of the North East Productivity Alliance and previously worked for the sector skills council SEMTA.
With over 30 years’ experience including Worldwide Benchmarking studies, Eddie was made an Honorary Fellow of Sunderland University in 2004 for services to Business and lifelong learning.
Tel: +44 191 516 4400 / +44 7703 819 229
Stuart McGivern is an experienced procurement and process improvement practitioner who has worked extensively in the North East in the application and knowledge transfer of continuous improvement.
Stuart spent 15 years working in procurement and supplier management for Nissan, and then completed training with SMMT industry forum with the North East Productivity Alliance based in the Regional Development Agency. He then transferred to the MAS organisation in 2008 and spent 3 years at PA Consulting as a member of the leadership team heading up Operational Excellence.
Prior to joining the NEAA in May 2015, Stuart ran his own business, Key Performance Innovations, which provided tailored and innovative productivity solutions.
Tel: +44 191 516 4400 / +44 7795 301 392
Laura Gage joined the NEAA in May 2015 as Marketing & PR Manager and is tasked with the management and delivery of NEAA’s marketing and communications.
Prior to joining NEAA, Laura worked at Corus, before moving into the subsea oil & gas sector, where she worked as Marketing Manager at DeepOcean, IHC Engineering Business and most recently Reef Subsea.
Laura has over 12 years’ experience in business-to-business marketing and holds a 1st Class BA Hons in Marketing Management from Northumbria University.
Tel: +44 191 516 4400 / +44 7703 819 228
Rohan Kohli joined the NEAA in July 2017. Prior to his appointment, Rohan completed an industrial placement at Nissan in the Information Systems Department, gaining experience in the Service Delivery Team, People and Skills Team and Employee Engagement Team.
Rohan has successfully completed a degree at Northumbria University, and holds a First Class Honours in BSc Business Information Systems.
Rohan will be working to refine the NEAA’s Business Information Systems and will also be supporting the team in delivering the ACE SME Programme, which will work with 160 SMEs and offers support to expand business capability and a platform to connect to supply chain and business opportunities.