Retiring Hartlepool MP Iain Wright has the perfect chemistry for a new role.
The 45-year-old has represented the constituency since 2004,and was recently chairman of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, but announced in April that he would not be standing in this month's General Election.
Now it has been confirmed he is to succeed Dr Stan Higgins as chief executive of the North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC), the organisation which represents the region's chemical industry.
"I am really proud and honoured to have been appointed Chief Executive," said Iain.
"Under Stan’s excellent leadership, NEPIC is a powerful organisation, representing firms in the North East’s biggest industrial sector and working with them to create jobs and prosperity for our region.
"Stan will be a tough act to follow, but I am determined to work hard with companies to champion this vital sector and our great region.
"Future economic success for the North East will be based upon science, innovation, skills and a nimble and competitive manufacturing base.
"With great co-ordination and collaboration across industry, we can unlock still further the enormous potential of this sector in our region, ensuring that the North East of England can be seen across the world as the place to invest in chemicals, science and pharmaceuticals, and for firms in the region to export their excellent goods and services around the globe.”
NEPIC’s Chairman, Ian Swales, said: "I am delighted that Iain has agreed to join NEPIC.
"He is well known for his passion for industry and passion for the North East region and I’m sure he will do an outstanding job. Iain’s decision to join NEPIC shows the huge importance of the process industries in the region and I look forward to the sector getting even stronger in the future."
Iain will work alongside his predecessor during the summer as they coordinate the handover.
Dr. Stan Higgins said: "It’s reassuring that such an outstanding candidate has taken over this important leadership role. I believe Iain’s national business and industry experience will help NEPIC’s members and the sector into the future."