The National Enterprise Network (NEN) is pleased to announce that it now has a new Chairman. Paul McEldon, Chief Executive of the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC), officially took up his post during the recent 2012 NEN AGM held at the NEN Annual Conference on the 19th September

Paul has been on the NEN Board for four years, serving as Deputy Chairman for the last two years, after two years as Regional Director for the North East region.

Commenting on his new role, Paul said: “The BIC is dedicated to building successful businesses in the North East region, and as part of this strategy we have been fortunate enough to work with a wide variety of likeminded organisations both locally and nationally. The NEN has a superb track record, helping to ensure businesses and individuals have access to information by effectively positioning its members as the focus for enterprise activity and support. It was a real honour to be invited to be national chair of NEN, and I am really looking forward to taking up the role.”

In his role at the BIC, Paul leads an operation which offers a wide range of support services for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Located on the banks of the river Wear in Sunderland, the BIC’s 14-acre site includes a range of flexible office and industrial spaceto let, in addition to superb meeting and conference facilities.

Dawn Whiteley, NEN Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to welcome Paul as NEN chair. In his four years on the Board, he has made a huge contribution, based on extensive experience leading a major enterprise agency – and we look forward to further progress under his leadership.”

Paul will serve as NEN Chairman initially until September 2013 and will be supported in the role by two Deputy Chairmen – Chris Pichon, CEO from Wenta in Hertfordshire and Harry Knowles, CEO from Furness Enterprise in Barrow in Furness. Paul replaced Doug Scott, Chief Executive of TEDCO also from the North East, who served as NEN Chairman from September 2010 to September 2012. Doug has been on the NFEA Board for four years previous to his Chairmanship and departs from the role with thanks from the NEN team and Board members for his significant contribution and support.


For further information on Paul McEldon, or any of our other activity, please contact National Enterprise Network