North of England Excellence has recruited Linda Harrison from the manufacturers’ organisation EEF as its education and training director.
Linda previously managed EEF’s Manufacturing Growth programme across Yorkshire, helping firms in the region to improve their productivity, quality and efficiency.
She is North of England Excellence’s second major recruit in the past month, following the arrival of Andrew Palmer as chief executive from the Confederation of British Industry.
Linda has more than 20 years’ training experience across a range of sectors, including manufacturing, oil and gas, utilities, nuclear and health care.
She also has extensive industry experience, having worked as a quality manager, sales manager and project manager at various companies during her career.
North of England Excellence helps businesses and organisations to improve their competitiveness, performance and productivity through a series of tailored products and services.
Linda said: “Training is critical for the growth and development of employees in any organisation, as well as for retaining talent.
“Our comprehensive training courses and workshops cover a wide range of business improvement areas, focusing on all-round people development, and I’m looking forward to working with companies and organisations across Yorkshire to help make a real difference.”
Andrew said: “Linda is a well-known and respected figure who brings a wealth of coaching and mentoring experience and possesses excellent communication skills.
“She is a key appointment as we seek to strengthen the organisation and enhance our offering across the region.”
He added: “North of England Excellence is dedicated to working with companies and organisations of all sizes to improve their processes and customer service, and to drive their growth plans by helping them to become more competitive and increase their market share
“With the eyes of the government and the nation firmly on what the region can deliver through the Northern Powerhouse, it’s more vital than ever that companies and organisations are able to achieve sustainable success.
“Our role is to ensure they are firing on all cylinders to help them reach their potential.”