EEF appoints new Membership Engagement Director for the North of England

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation has appointed Richard Halstead as its new Director for Membership Engagement across the North West, North East and Yorkshire & Humber Regions.

This is a new post recognising the importance of the North of England as a growth area, continued devolution and the need to champion manufacturers and manufacturing across these three important regions. The existing Region Directors for Yorkshire & Humber (Andy Tuscher), North East (Liz Mayes) and North West (tbc) will report into Richard, but continue to lead and represent their current regions.

Richard has been with EEF for 6 years, most recently as Region Director for Midlands & East, where he chaired the Midlands Business Forum, which fed into the development of the Midlands Engine. He built a strong team and led year on year membership growth across the region, helping to create the environment for a successful manufacturing sector and strong regional economy.

After graduating from Edinburgh University with a degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Richard began his career in manufacturing with Lucas Industries as a graduate trainee in 1985. He spent eighteen years with the company through its merger with Lucas Varity and, subsequent takeover by TRW where he became UK Operations Director for its Automotive Aftermarket business. Subsequently he also worked for Yuasa Battery and MAC Tools, part of Stanley UK.

In his new role, Richard will be responsible for growing EEF’s business across the North as well as supporting member companies with world class business services. These include HR & Legal advice, Health & Safety and Environmental Performance. He will also play a key role in ensuring the interests of manufacturing continue to be represented on key business forums and ensuring the sector is at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse.

Commenting on his appointment, Richard said:

“EEF is a key player in the Northern business community and will have a crucial role in ensuring its future economic success. Manufacturing will be at the heart of rebalancing the UK economy at national and regional level and we must ensure it receives the support it needs to grow.

“As well as a supportive business environment EEF itself will back the efforts of companies by providing them with services across every area of their business. I am delighted to be taking on this role at such an important time for our sector and look forward to working with manufacturers across the region.”

EEFs new Membership Director, Charles Garfit said:

“I am really pleased to have someone of Richards experience and enthusiasm covering our Northern regions. Manufacturing is at the heart of the North of England’s growth potential and its success is vital to the future growth and prosperity of the regional economy.”