The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has appointed Sophie Haagensen as deputy director.
The sub-regional economic development body said Haagensen would play a central role in implementing its strategic planning work.
She has previously held roles in government offices in London and the North East, and joins from the Department for Work and Pensions, where she led strategy management, heading a team responsible for providing advice to government ministers on the viability of new policy proposals.
Before that she worked for the Cabinet Office in London, where she project managed the setup of Big Society Capital, the social investment bank, and oversaw the £150 million loan book of the Futurebuilders fund.
LEP director Edward Twiddy said Haagensen was “an excellent replacement” for strategy manager Gillian Roll.
“She has recognised expertise in strategic roles and an impressive track record of leading complex projects,” he said.
“Sophie’s understanding of the region’s private, social enterprise and public sectors will add strength and depth to the LEP team at an important time, as we near the end of consultation for the region’s long-term strategic economic plan before it goes forward to government in March.”