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Brian is to help CELS grow our health economy by pounds 1b.

Cels ( the Centre of Excellence for Life Sciences ( the organisation driving the growth of the North-East's healthcare economy, has appointed Brian Steven to its board of directors.

Brian, finance director and deputy chief executive of the Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Hospitals Trust and a former director of finance in the NHS in Scotland, joins the board with immediate effect.

His appointment marks an important new chapter for the organisation. His role will be to help develop CELS' strategy to grow our region's healthcare economy by pounds 1 billion. Brian has a strong NHS background, having spent 11 years working for Glasgow Royal Infirmary University NHS Trust and North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust.

He is a CCAB-qualified director of finance and was admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland in 1976 after completing his MBA at Strathclyde University.

Mike Asher, chief executive officer of CELS, said: "Brian's appointment establishes a direct link between CELS and the NHS in Newcastle. The NHS represents the largest element of the health care sector in the region and it is of crucial importance that we work closely together to achieve the ambitious economic growth targets we have set.

"Brian brings a wealth of experience to our board and an outstanding track record of achievement at the highest levels of business. His NHS knowledge will be hugely beneficial to CELS."

Brian said: "This is a very exciting time. As the healthcare industry expands to play an increasingly important role in the economy, I look forward to working with CELS to take advantage of emerging opportunities and meet any arising challenges."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 9, 2007
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