A brief round-up of some key moves at companies around the North East:


THE Advanced Manufacturing Forum has announced the appointment of two new additions to its board, Rachel Skeoch and Tom Coverdale, to push forward its mission to drive collaboration and success within the North East’s manufacturing industry.

The AMF is a members network that connects and supports manufacturers and engineering businesses from across the region through industry events, knowledge-sharing sessions, and collaborative projects aimed at advancing manufacturing technologies and best practice.

Rachel’s background spans start-ups to global FTSE 250 firms, while Tom is the third generation of his family at British manufacturers, Ebac.

Richard Swart, AMF chair said: “The AMF envisions a future where it serves as the definitive voice of manufacturing in the region, advocating for the needs and aspirations of industry stakeholders. Central to this vision is the commitment to sharing best practices, encouraging a culture of continuous improvement, and driving collaboration among members.”


North East civil and structural engineers RWO has appointed a new executive director following strong growth for the firm’s ground engineering services.

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The move sees Chris Rudd, who leads the Geotechnical Department based at the firm’s Stokesley office, step up to the board level role after securing £500,000 growth in the last 12 months.

Growth will continue to come on the back of strong demand for the department’s services as regional and national commercial and residential developers bring forward their investment and regeneration plans.

Simply Learning

A national training provider specialising in construction, utilities and green skills has appointed a new director to bolster its retrofit and renewables training division.

Simply Learning (formerly Expedient Training) has appointed Angela Keyworth as Director of Retrofit and Renewables Training to significantly grow its retrofit training division.

Angela, who is based in Sheffield, will give Jarrow-based Simply Learning an additional site to deliver more training in the North and Midlands and will be responsible for running the new Retrofit and Renewables training centre.

Richard Reed

AN experienced Sunderland lawyer has worked on his final case and is now looking forward to retirement.

Barry Wood, a Director and Chartered Legal Executive at Richard Reed Solicitors, based in Sunderland, has been a well-respected member of the legal community both across Wearside and the wider North East.

Sarah Reid, Managing Director, said: “Barry has been an integral part of the team here at Richard Reed and his experience and expertise has been a real asset to the firm.”