Jacqui Kell has been appointed chief executive of Arch, the Northumberland Development Company.

Previously Arch’s director of business strategy, Jacqui succeeds Peter McIntyre who will soon take up his new role as executive director of economy and place at Sunderland City Council.

Arch was established by Northumberland County Council in 2012.  Since then, Arch has supported the creation of almost 500 jobs and attracted more than £90million of private sector investment into Northumberland.

Steven Mason, chief executive of Northumberland County Council, said:  “Jacqui Kell’s appointment ensures the continuity that is so important to our economy.  Arch has delivered outstanding value to Northumberland and I am very grateful for the significant contribution made by Peter McIntyre during his five years at the helm.

“Moving forward under Jacqui’s leadership, Arch is forecast to provide £25 million to the county council over the next three years, enabling us to protect the provision of essential services such as schools, roads and social care.  I wish Jacqui great success in her new role.”

Jacqui Kell joined Arch in May 2013 with an agenda to support the delivery of the organisation’s corporate strategy with specific responsibility for business development and inward investment, as well as corporate activities such as programme management, marketing and communications and human resources.

Prior to joining Arch, Jacqui worked for 10 years at Newcastle City Council in several high profile roles including management of the European team charged with attracting international and national funds to major projects in the city.

Commenting on her appointment as Arch chief executive, Jacqui said:  “I am proud and excited to take on the role of chief executive and lead an outstanding team to deliver economic growth and prosperity on behalf of Northumberland.”

Arch manages a £300million portfolio of commercial and residential property, with profits from activities reinvested to support economic and social development across Northumberland.  The company provides more than 1,000 homes for rent, 100,000 sqm of commercial floor-space and aims to build more than 200 new houses for sale every year.