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Meet the BIC team

The North East BIC currently has 55 members of staff and this includes BIC services, finance, HR, business support, innovation and an in house marketing team.

The team are passionate and proud to help support and nurture business growth throughout the North East region; something the organisation has been committed to doing for the past 20 years. Meet some of the team below:

Paul McEldon

Paul McEldon

Chief Executive

Since his appointment in 2001 Paul has injected fresh thinking into establishing the BIC as primary regional player in the fields of incubation, innovation...

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David Howell

David Howell

Director of Operations

Managing the day-to-day operational issues of the BIC and its tenants, David specialises in property management, incubator strategies, marketing...

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Shirley Hermiston

Shirley Hermiston

Business Support Manager

Shirley has worked at the BIC since its doors first opened in 1994. As a business support manager she oversees a team of business advisers and her role involves...

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Donna Surtees

Donna Surtees

Centre Manager

Donna is responsible for letting the premises and liaising with tenants to arrange agreements. Her first job was through a youth training scheme as an office...

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Louise Hardy

Louise Hardy

Business Development Manager

Louise moved to the North East 30 years ago. Having worked at the BIC for nine years Louise’s role involves providing assistance, advice and support to..

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Lilla Preston

Lilla Preston

Special Projects Manager

An experienced marketeer Lilla heads up the marketing department at the BIC as well as working on a number of new initiatives and developing new opportunities for international partnership.
Vanessa Wood

Vanessa Wood

Centre Manager

As centre manager at Business Central, Vanessa oversees the day to day running of the centre liaising with tenants and ensuring the BIC's business community is replicated in Darlington.
Colin Turnbull

Colin Turnbull

IT and Finance Manager

Kevin Marquis

Kevin Marquis

Social Enterprise Manager

Kevin Marquis has over 30 years’ experience working across the North East supporting individuals to use enterprise and self-employment as a means to create their own job opportunities and improve their life chances.

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Ernest Dodds

Ernest Dodds

Social Enterprise Adviser

Ernest Dodds has focused on work with social enterprises and traditional business start-up advice in Sunderland since 2007. Working on a range of funded initiatives in the local community delivering one to one support and training.

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