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Paul Butler, CEO

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
pbutler@northeastautomotivealliance.com

 

Stuart McGivern, Project Manager

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
smcgivern@northeastautomotivealliance.com

 

Laura Gage, Marketing & PR Manager

Laura Gage joined the NEAA in May 2015 as Marketing & PR Manager and is tasked with the management and delivery of the NEAA’s marketing and communications.

Prior to joining the 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 15 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
lgage@northeastautomotivealliance.com

 

Deborah Fletcher, Office Assistant, The North East Automotive Alliance
 

Rohan Kohli, Project Manager

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.

As Project Manager, Rohan works to refine the NEAA’s Business Information Systems, provides membership Account Management and also supports the delivery of the Supply Chain North East programme, which is a partnership between the North East LEP, NEAA, RTC North, NEPIC and Generator, working with over 800 businesses who want to diversify, broaden their customer base and unlock new market opportunities.

Rohan has successfully completed a degree at Northumbria University, and holds a First Class Honours in BSc Business Information Systems.

Tel: +44 191 516 4400 / +44 7841 324 323
rkohli@northeastautomotivealliance.com

Deborah Fletcher, Office Assistant, The North East Automotive Alliance

Rohan Kohli, Graduate Manager

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.