Since its inception in 2005, NEEF has provided an invaluable platform for key decision makers to address the North East and as a vehicle for continued debate on the growth and regeneration of the North East as a Region.

Through the forum’s events and conferences, we have been able to attract Prime Ministers, Government opposition leaders, Ambassadors, policy shapers and internationally renowned business leaders to engage directly with the North-East region’s key stakeholders. These engagements have provided critical insights into developments which shape economic growth and have provided a showcase for the North-East as a region for inward investment.


Our Conferences have attracted keynote speakers such as:

Prime Minister Tony Blair

Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Leader of the Conservative Party 

Rt Hon Alastair Darling, Chancellor of the Exchequer 

H E Keiichi Hayashi, Japan’s Ambassador the UK

Rt Hon Hilary Armstrong MP, Minister for Social Exclusion

Rt Hon David Miliband MP, Minister for Communities and Local Government 

Rt Hon Alan Johnson, Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills

Michael Snyder, Chair, Policy and Resources, City of London Corporation 

Neville Chamberlain CBE, Chair of the Northern Way

Caroline Thomson, COO, BBC

Rt Hon Lord Heseltine 

Rt Hon George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer

Rt Hon Peter Mandelson MP, Business Secretary 

Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of Stare for Business, Innovation and Skills

Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

Philip Rycroft, Cabinet Office

Roundtable Discussions

Roundtable Discussions have included:

Bill Esterson MP, Shadow Minister for Business and Industrial Strategy 

Rt Hon Lord Cunningham


We held a Debate on issues surrounding our membership of the EU with:

James Wharton MP

Phil Wilson MP

Sir Bill Cash MP

Pat McFadden MP


Our programme of Seminars have included:

Rt Hon Ken Clarke MP, Shadow Business Secretary 

Rt Hon Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Mark Hoban MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury 

Rt Hon Nick Brown MP, Regional Minister for the North East  

Rt Hon Sir Keir Starmer MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 

General Lord Dannett, Chief of the Defence Staff 

Rhodri Morgan AM, First Minister for Wales

John Healy MP, Shadow Minister for Housing 

Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party

Rt Hon Chris Huhne MP, Secretary of State, Energy and Climate Change 

Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Transport

Rt Hon Sayeeda Warsi MP, Chair of the Conservative Party 


NEEF Dinners have included:

Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 

Ivan Hodac, Secretary-General, European Automobile Manufacturing Association 

H E Keiichi Hayashi, Japan’s Ambassador to the UK