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New appointments help firms to work smarter, not harder

(7 July 2004)

Durham University has further enhanced its commitment to Tees Valley regeneration with the appointment of two new posts specifically aimed at utilising the University's knowledge base to further impact on regeneration in the area.

Jo Johnson joins the University as Consultant Engineer, working with the Agility Group.

The Agility Group is focused on providing a service to companies within the North East to assist in maintaining employment and developing the area as a centre for excellence. The team consists of 12 engineers with a broad range of industrial experience from automotive, aero space and defence to Oil and Gas. With the support of agencies such as One North East the Agility Group is able to support SME's through funding drastically reducing the cost.

Jo will be working in partnership with companies right across the region developing lasting relationships and helping to ensure that they can compete in the ever- changing marketplace. Her work will include identifying and promoting opportunities for Durham University engagement and acting as a contact point for relevant companies based within the Tees Valley.

Before joining the University, Jo worked for 12 years primarily within fabrication in the Aero Space Industry.

Lynn Trimmings has been appointed NECESI Tees Valley Officer. The North East Centre for Environmental Science and Industry links the University's environmental expertise with the growing needs of industry.

The impact of the University's closer involvement in the Tees Valley will be an uptake in environmental management practices, an overall reduction in waste, the development of best practices in policies and systems within organisations, cleaner, more efficient working environments, and conservation of resources.

Before joining the University, Lynn worked with many organisations in the region and nationwide mainly focusing on environmental, health and safety and quality management system implementation and auditing. Her recent work has included supporting the development of a Corporate Social Responsibility policy for well known North East house builder.

The new posts, which have been facilitated by funds from One North East via the Tees Valley Partnership.

For further information contact:

Jo Johnson at the Agility Group

Tel: 0191 334 2487
Fax: 0191 334 2396
Email: j.p.johnson@durham.ac.uk
Web: www.durham.ac.uk/agility

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