Panel to raise outcomes in North East of England

An expert group has been recruited to raise aspirations and create more opportunities for young people in the North East of England, as part of the £24 million Opportunity North East programme.

The programme aims to build a coalition of schools, colleges, local authorities, businesses and higher education institutions to tackle the issues holding back young people in the region.

The group includes Paul Booth, Chair of the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, Andrew Hodgson OBE, Chair of North East Local Enterprise Partnership, Edward Twiddy, Chief Innovations Officer and Company Secretary, ATOM Bank and Professor Suzanne Cholerton, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching at Newcastle University.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Lord Agnew said: "Drawing on the expertise of local education and business leaders to develop initiatives that are evidence led and tailored to the particular needs of the North East will help us tap into the talent that so clearly exists in the region and ensure young people have every chance to go on and succeed.

"Creating opportunity is a job for all of us and I am pleased to see such a diverse range of organisations determined to work with the government to create more opportunities for every young person, regardless of background."