Stan Higgins announces plans to step down from NEPIC

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Chemical industry cluster NEPIC is looking for a new leader after Stan Higgins announced his plans to retire this summer.

Dr. Higgins has spearheaded the North-East Process Industry Cluster since its inception in 2003, 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.

Higgins’ 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 80 process-sector investments totalling £4bn and secured some 5,000 jobs.

And in 2014 Higgins was personally honoured by the European Commission and awarded European Union Cluster Manager of Year.

“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,” said Higgins.

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

NEPIC is a private, members-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.

Chair 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.”


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