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The AMF is proud to announce that we have appointed Paul Wilson to our strategic board, to help further drive organisational development.

Paul Wilson is Managing Director of Ouseburn-based EDM Zone, a customer-focused electrical discharge machining specialist, providing high precision engineering solutions to businesses across a variety of industries. EDM Zone works alongside a diverse range of professionals including Orthopedic surgeons, watch makers, bespoke high-end furniture designers, Precision Engineers, inventors and more.

As an AMF board member, Paul will contribute to policies and strategies, plan member events, and be involved in decisions over the allocation of funding and budgetary spend.

Paul brings with him a proven track record of good communication, time management, organisational awareness, problem solving and leadership.

Our board also includes Ian Fawdon, Chairman of the Advanced Manufacturing Forum; Samantha Davidson, Managing Director at B2B marketing agency Horizon Works; Jamie Gamble, Employment Partner at UK Top 100 law firm Ward Hadaway; John Scott, Corporate Lead for Business, Employment and Skills for South Tyneside Council; Alison Maynard, Principal at South Tyneside Professional and Vocational College; Eddie Czestochowski, Managing Director at Cell Pack Solutions; Alan Metcalfe Commercial Director for Zenith People; Alastair Wilson, Tax Partner at Tait Walker; Peter Shiels, Operations Director at Phoenix Steel; Barry Cooper, Director at Synergy Business Transformation; Brian Tait, Business Unit Manager at Marshalls; Colin Simpson, Business Development Director at Tomlinson Hall & Co. Ltd; and Stephen Elliott, Director at HVR International.

Ian Fawdon, Chairman of the AMF, said: “We approached Paul to join the board because EDM Zone is a great example of a manufacturing SME with an excellent product range which constantly exceeds clients’ expectations.

“EDM Zone also has a great track record of developing apprentices to meet their full potential, for which it has won two awards this year, this is testament to Paul’s desire to build for the future.

“Our board members are responsible for driving forward the AMF for the benefit of our members and the North East manufacturing community, and I am confident Paul will prove invaluable to this. He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge that will support and challenge the AMF as it continues to grow.”

Speaking of his appointment to the AMF board, Paul said: “I am honoured to have been asked to join the Advanced Manufacturing Forum board, it is a huge privilege and a great responsibility to take on this job.

“I would like to help build on the strong footing the AMF has and work with the team to make further improvements. I will do it with everything I have to the best of my ability for the members of the AMF and the region.”

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