Chief Executive Officer Recruitment Campaign, March 2017

ROLE ADVERTISEMENT: Chief Executive Officer

> Award winning cluster organisation
> Regional influence & responsibility, Wilton-based
> Involves UK & overseas travel
> Package up to £100k for the right candidate

The organisation

Since 2004, the North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) has supported the region’s chemical-using industries and associated supply chain. Together with our 300+ member companies, we work to build upon the already powerful industrial base located here and make this region one of the most competitive and successful chemical-processing locations in Europe. We are a private, membership-owned, not-for-profit organisation that is led by industry. We work to support our members to become successful and sustainable organisations, in a collaborative business environment that helps them to grow.

The role

Due to retirement, we are now seeking a dynamic, experienced Chief Executive to fulfil this high-profile role and lead NEPIC into its next period of growth and impact. Reporting to the Board, you will build upon the cluster’s success by working with member companies, along with public agencies and others, to create an attractive growth environment that will draw new investment and investors to the region. You will also be responsible for the management, staff leadership and administration of the organisation in accordance with the Board’s policies and decisions.

The specification

You are a visionary leader, able to inspire dedicated staff and you believe strongly in the core values of NEPIC and are passionate about the region’s success and industry’s part in that. You have a track record of successful strategy delivery and business management. You possess outstanding communication and networking skills at all levels and have held a standalone leadership role and understand the commercial realities and governance necessary to run a small, limited company. You are an entrepreneur who can seek out and develop commercial opportunities. You have a deep understanding of regional, national and global chemical-processing sector environment, as well as the impact and breadth of political and regulatory challenges.

If you have the desire to lead a great team of people & drive forward the growth of a sector, contact Lynne Aungiers on 01642 442562 or mail your CV and a covering letter to

PRESS RELEASE: Industry Body Seeks New Leadership

Chemical-industry body and member organisation, NEPIC, is seeking a new leader following the announcement that chief executive officer, Dr. Stan Higgins, will retire in the summer.

Dr. Higgins has spearheaded the North-East Process Industry Cluster since its inception in 2004, following the merger of the Wilton-based Teesside Chemical Initiative and the then recently formed Pharmaceutical & Speciality Cluster.

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.

Stan’s leadership has assisted to the contribution of more than £3 billion of GVA to the North East and UK economies. The firm has also assisted in more than 90 process-sector investments totaling £4 billion and secured some 5,000 jobs.

Furthermore, NEPIC went on to became the first UK Cluster body to receive European Union accreditation for Cluster Management Excellence – and, in 2014, Higgins was personally honoured by the European Commission and awarded European Union Cluster Manager of Year.

The private, member-owned not-for-profit firm supports the region’s chemical-using industries and associated supply chain.

Together with their 300+ member companies, they work to build upon the already powerful industrial base located in North East England to make this region one of the most competitive and  successful chemical-processing locations in Europe.

As the Cluster moves into this new phase in the company’s history, they seek a dynamic, experienced chief executive to fulfil this high-profile role and lead NEPIC into its next period of growth and impact.

NEPIC Chairman, Ian Swales, said:

“Stan is widely respected throughout the process sector and has done a truly outstanding job in bringing NEPIC to where it is today. Stan is a tough act to follow but has left an exciting opportunity for the next chief executive.”

Outgoing chief executive, Dr. Stan Higgins, commented:

“With the fantastic support of our members, we have managed to keep this business in surplus since its inception; with all profits being directed into activities to promote and grow the process industries in North East England.

“The new CEO will have a great time representing a great industry which is always looking towards rejuvenation and growth.”


For more information about NEPIC see About NEPIC or contact Louise Gwynne-Jones, PR & Communications Manager, via or call 01642 442569 / 07808 029 967


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