New appointments to Opportunity North East’s economic leadership board

Private sector led economic development body Opportunity North East (ONE) has made two new appointments to its main board as it continues to develop and deliver an ambitious 10-year programme of action and investment to strengthen and diversify the economy of North East Scotland.

Geoff Aberdein, global head of public affairs and policy at Aberdeen Standard Investments, and Michelle Handforth, chief executive of Aberdeen Harbour, have joined the board, which is chaired by Sir Ian Wood KT GBE.

ONE is the UK’s only private sector led and funded regional economic development body and has a £62m, 10-year funding commitment from The Wood Foundation. More than 90 senior business people, higher education and public sector leaders are involved in ONE’s main and strategic sector boards.  Over the past three years, they have brought leadership and expert insight to the development and delivery of projects in the region across ONE’s five priority sectors of Food, Drink & Agriculture; Life Sciences; Oil, Gas & Energy; Tourism; and Digital & Entrepreneurship.

Sir Ian Wood said: “The ONE main and sector boards bring together successful leaders from the private and public sectors to focus on identifying, developing and delivering the opportunities for the economy of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. We are pleased to welcome Michelle Handforth and Geoff Aberdein, with their very significant skills and insights, to the main board as we focus on an ambitious, transformational agenda to maximise the impact of our resources, investment and partnerships on business growth, diversification and increasing the value of employment across our key industry sectors.”

Sir Ian Wood KT GBE, Chair of Opportunity North East

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