Higgins, who has headed the Teesside-based body representing the chemical processing industries and supply chain since its creation in 2004, is retiring.
He said: “It’s reassuring that such an outstanding candidate has taken over this important leadership role.”
On taking over from Higgins, Wright said: “Under Stan’s excellent leadership, NEPIC is a powerful organisation, representing firms in the North East’s biggest industrial sector and working with them to create jobs and prosperity for our region. Stan will be a tough act to follow, but I am determined to work hard with companies to champion this vital sector and our great region.”
Wright, who was also chairman of the Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Select Committee between 2015 and 2017, will report to NEPIC chairman Ian Swales and the body’s board of directors.
Wright added: “Future economic success for the North East will be based upon science, innovation, skills and a nimble and competitive manufacturing base. With great co-ordination and collaboration across industry, we can unlock still further the enormous potential of this sector in our region.”
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