A new leader has been appointed to an influential regional business group.
Nifco Managing Director Mike Matthews is the new President of the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC).
He was presented with the chains of office by Newcastle International Airport Chief Executive Dave Laws, who has served in the presidency role for the last year.
Mr Laws said: “The North East has come a long way, but we have so much further to go. I have no doubt NECC will be at the forefront, playing a major part in our region’s economic plan and making sure members’ voices are heard.
“It has been fantastic to work with the chamber and its members and I’ll be leaving the presidency in very capable hands.”
Mr Matthews spoke of the need to work together to attract investment.