Chemical-firm boss is new enterprise chief

Paul Booth is the new chairman of the TVU LEP.
Paul Booth is the new chairman of the TVU LEP.

Tees Valley Unlimited (TVU) has appointed of leading industrialist Paul Booth OBE as Local Enterprise Partnership chairman.

He is replacing Sandy Anderson, who is stepping down having been TVU chairman since 2010.

Mr Booth has worked in the chemical industry for 40 years and started his career as an apprentice with ICI and is now chairman of SABIC UK Petrochemicals, as well as its european director for government policy and public affairs.

He said: “In my expanded role at TVU, I am looking forward to helping accelerate the area’s economic performance through the attraction of business investment, transport infrastructure improvements and making sure that existing and future generations of workers have the skills required to meet the evolving needs of industry.”

Paul is a member of the Chemical Industries Association Council, chairman of the North East Process Industry Cluster and a board member for Plastics Europe North.

He has had a long and passionate interest in the training and development of people and, as a result, holds a number of non-executive positions outside SABIC.

This includes sitting on Teesside University’s Board of Governors and previous Board memberships of Redcar and Cleveland Technical College, the National Skills Academy and the TTE Technical Training Group.

Additionally, he has a deep interest in sustainability issues and is involved in a number of projects designed to ensure the long-term future of the industry.