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News release: Monday 12th March 2018

Chief Executive retires following decades of dedication

Peter Elliott OBE, Chief Executive of Cramlington based Azure Charitable Enterprises, is to retire after 21 years’ of outstanding and dedicated service to the Charity.

Peter Elliott

Peter, who was appointed as Chief Executive in February 1997 when the charity was known as SHAW Project, has successfully overseen major changes and responded to many challenges, including a rebrand; all in pursuit of the charity’s mission “improving the lives of people who are disabled”.

Commenting on his retirement, Peter said: 
“I have been fortunate to have had an immensely varied and satisfying career. The past 21 years have been particularly rewarding, allowing me to apply my business and managerial experience in a way that has really made a difference to people’s lives. I will miss the superb team at Azure and wish them well for the future. I am looking forward to a change of routine. There is a list! As well as spending more time with family I plan to take on some voluntary roles.”

Mr Elliott’s prior career was pursued in the manufacturing sector - always locally based but actively involved in overseas business activities. His experience was gained from the paint industry, mechanical/electrical engineering and the manufacture of polystyrene for the building and packaging industries. During the course of his 53 year working life the roles he held included: junior chemist, computer management, general management, company secretarial and, in the last two companies prior to Azure, as Managing Director.

Peter has also held other important voluntary roles during his career. He served as governor of Northumberland College for seventeen years (fourteen as Chairman) and was a member of the Further Education Council. It was for this work that he was recognised for his services to Further Education and awarded with an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2001.    

In addition he served as Chairman of the British Institute of Management Northumbria in the 90s and is about to step down from his long-standing industrial liaison involvement with the Bank of England (since 1989).

Azure’s Chair, Graham Barnard LLM, said:
“It has been an honour to work with Peter during my term as Chair. Since joining the Charity he has worked diligently to pave a bright future and his continued dedication over the past 21 years has indeed served Azure well. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and all the team at Azure I wish Peter every happiness in his retirement.”


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