A Ponteland resident was among those to be awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List.
Linda Conlon, International Centre for Life chief executive, was recognised for her services to science and science education in North East England.
The centre in Newcastle brings together a university medical research institute, two NHS clinics, biotechnology businesses, science engagement and education, and ethics on a single site – all with the aim of promoting advancement of science.
She has travelled extensively, lecturing and advising other bodies setting up science centres in the UK, Europe, the United States and China. She was recently elected chair of the Association of Science and Technology Centres, a body representing 650 science centres from more than 50 countries.
Her career before the world of science centres was in regional development and urban regeneration, where she was involved in the creation of major high profile waterfront developments.
Before that, she ran her own marketing consultancy and in her early career, worked for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the multi-national company Procter & Gamble.
She is currently an executive member of NE1, the Business Improvement District Company for Newcastle, and chairs its marketing task force.
The 59-year-old said: “It’s a delightful and unexpected accolade.
“I’m incredibly proud to receive the honour, not just for me, but for the International Centre for Life and everyone involved with its success.”