Bruce Heppenstall, CEO of BEL Valves and former general manager of the GE Oil & Gas Wellstream division, was appointed chairman at Subsea North East, the regional advocacy group for the northeast of England’s subsea sector. He will be replacing Andrew Hodgson who has been chairman since 2010. Heppenstall will promote the sector on a global scale to maximize opportunities, while working with Subsea UK, the national industry body, to provide a forum for collaboration, diversification, and technology development. He will also oversee the adoption of the government’s apprenticeship levy by Subsea North East member companies and local higher education institutions. Hodgson will continue to attend member events and support local companies as chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.