North East Devolution and Levelling Up

Former NELEP chair to head UK subsea sector

A former chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) has been appointed head of the new Global Underwater Hub (GUH) and will lead the expansion of one of the UK’s main green growth industries.

In what is a further small but significant step In the North East’s involvement in the subsea sector, Tyneside will be one of the GUH’s three UK bases, along with Aberdeen and the South East.

GUH has been set up by the UK and Scottish governments and aims to transform the UK £8bn underwater sector into a £45bn industry, creating hundreds of high-value jobs and supporting the UK’s drive to net zero, according to reports today in The Journal and specialist media.   

Andrew Hodgson, who has been appointed GUH chair, brings deep knowledge of the North East and its economy with him to the post. He was the first chair of NELEP, serving between 2011 and 2020, and was chief executive of SMD, the Wallsend subsea engineering service company, for nine years until 2017.