NIBE co-chair Caroline Theobald praised Carrick's energy, commitment and vision. Credit: Bradley O'Mahoney

Carrick made honorary life president of NIBE

Regeneration specialist and co-founder of JK Property Consultants Kevan Carrick has been recognised by the North East Initiative on Business Ethics, an organisation he formerly chaired.

Carrick co-founded NIBE in 2013 as an independent regional resource that acts as a focal point for good business behaviour.

Working across the twelve local authority areas covered by the North East and Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnerships, its aim is to see the region recognised as a great place to do trustworthy, honest and transparent business.

Current co-chair of NIBE Caroline Theobald said: “Kevan is one of the most prominent and highly respected business people in the region.

“His energy, commitment and vision, was key to NIBE gaining traction very quickly with a wide range of businesses and from the region’s university sector.

“Now, more than ever before, companies are being challenged to demonstrate they not only talk about being transparent, responsible and ethical, but show the evidence and that is what we will continue to champion at NIBE.”

Carrick said: “I am delighted to receive this honour for doing something that I am so passionate about. I have simply brought the values and ethical approach to business that I have lived by over many years.

“Many sectors, through the impact of the economy and government intervention, are being disrupted greatly and going through a period of turbulence and change. Despite the complexities we are now seeing, there is always a way forward if you adopt a culture and set of values, based on responsible and ethical business.”

Carrick is also a director of the North East Business and Innovation Centre, a non-profit organisation to help start-up and growth of SMEs.

He also helped provide the 140,000 sq ft BiC in Sunderland in the late 1990s and has been heavily involved in the region’s regeneration dating back to the Tyne & Wear Development Corporation from the mid-1980s, more recently working on projects including the Tees Valley Combined Authority’s purchase of Teesside International Airport.

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