01 October 2007
Goodbye from Lorraine George

Lorraine George, former Head of Secretariat of the North Sea Region Programme, says goodbye.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am writing to say goodbye and farewell to you all. After 10 action-packed years working on the North Sea Programme, I have decided it is time for a change of direction. Leaving has been a very hard decision to make but discussions with my family during the summer helped me realise that the time had come to make some changes and return to the “Old Country”. After all, I had only intended to stay in Denmark for two or three years when I originally left England! Anyway, as from the 30th September 07, I am no longer the Head of Secretariat but fear not, Christian Byrith (whom most of you know very well) has been asked by the national authorities involved in the programme to become acting Head of Secretariat while the post is advertised. (Watch the programme website and the advertisement should appear in the next few days). So I am sure that I leave the programme in very capable hands.

I would like to thank you all for the years of great co-operation, for the highs and lows and for helping to make the North Sea Programme really buzz! Together, we have succeeded in putting the North Sea Programme on the map. And long may this fantastic co-operation continue.
I would like to wish you all good luck with your future plans. My own plans are not really settled as yet but in the immediate future I am back at home in East Anglia working for ExDRA (the Essex Development and Regeneration Agency) on the East of England Competitiveness Programme, the new cross border maritime programmes and potentially on the transnational programmes.

I hope that we will meet again soon!

With best wishes,

Lorraine George

PS Please contact the secretariat if you would like to get in touch with me again.

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