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Charity’s chief executive retires

Peter Elliott of Azure Charitable Enterprises.
Peter Elliott of Azure Charitable Enterprises.

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, who was appointed as chief executive in 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’.

He 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.”

His 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. He served as governor of Northumberland College for 17 years (14 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.

Azure’s chairman, Graham Barnard, said: “Since joining the charity he has worked diligently to pave a bright future and his continued dedication over the past 21 years has served Azure well. On behalf of the board and all the team at Azure, I wish Peter every happiness in his retirement.”