MEET THE TEAM > Stan Higgins

In 2003, Stan established NEPIC as a cluster organisation in North East England. Thirteen years on and through the delivery of industry growth strategies, NEPIC has grown into one of the UK’s key industry-led, economic cluster bodies.

NEPIC have recently reported contributing more than £3 billion of GVA to the North East & UK economy and helping deliver more than 80 industry investments totalling £4 billion and securing some 4,900 jobs.

In 2007, NEPIC won a UK industry award for “Improving the Trust & Reputation of the Industry” and in 2014, Stan was honoured by the European Commission and awarded EU Cluster Manager of Year – a position he will hold until 2016.

Through Stan’s leadership, NEPIC also became the first UK Cluster body to receive European Union accreditation and only one of 40 European Cluster organisations to be accredited against EU Gold Standard for Cluster Management Excellence.

Prior to his time at NEPIC, Stan enjoyed Directorship positions at a number of fine chemical companies including Eastman Chemicals, Laporte Fine Chemicals and James Robinson Limited. He later went on to help grow fine chemical firm, Peboc, during which time the company won two Queens Awards to Industry for Export and Technology.

Stan has 46 years’ experience in the Process Industries following his studies in Chemistry, Economics and Technology at York University. As an Undergraduate, he had some new ideas in the field of mechanistic organic chemistry that resulted in the University awarding him a PhD in record time.

He has continued to challenge convention throughout his career and in recognition of his subsequent work in industry and with schools became an Honorary Fellow of the University in September 2015.

A keen writer, Stan regularly features in business and technical magazines on topics relating to the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, including Cluster management and economic development.

Contact Stan Higgins


Direct Line: +44 (0) 1642 442560

Mobile: 07901 518 860

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