Paul Butler joined the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) as Chief Executive Officer in March 2015. Paul has over 20 years Cluster Management experience and is the only UK based Cluster Benchmarking Expert for the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA), mandated by the EU to support the creation of more world-class clusters across the EU. Paul has overseen the development of the NEAA since its conception, today it is the largest automotive cluster in the UK and widely recognised as an exemplar cluster. Paul represents the regions automotive sector on the Automotive Council Skills Group, Supply Chain Group and Digital Group, the North East LEP’s Business Growth Board and Skills Advisory Panel. Paul is also a member of the BEIS External Expert Supply Chain Group, and a board member of the European Automotive Clusters Network (EACN). He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Durham.