Redcar and Cleveland Council's newly-appointed Town Centres Manager Pat Cambage is gearing up to the main challenge of reviving the fortunes of Redcar Town Centre.
Pat, who went to school in Redcar and studied at Teesside University, brings a wealth of business experience to the role - and an understanding of the area.
He said: "I've a lot of friends in the area, I know a lot of the business people so I have a vested interest in helping the community."
His varied working life began by completing a trainee pub management course over evenings and weekends at the Red Lion on Redcar High Street in the 1980s during his studies.
He also worked at Cleveland Potash Mine at Boulby before he began a 25 year involvement in the motor industry, moving from major dealerships on Teesside to roles in international companies, Daimler Chrysler and JCB.
Pat explained: "I'm bringing transferable skills from a variety of sectors that I'm sure will stand me in good stead.
"It's vital we all work together - the Town Centre management, our stakeholders and the Council - to create a platform for progress."
He believes: "The common aim will be to improve the prosperity and quality of life in Redcar’s town centre."
Pat has had close Teesside links throughout his life, achieving Master of Business Administration and Diploma in Management Studies after four years studying at Teesside University, from 1998.
A married man, with two grown-up daughters, Pat is a Middlesbrough football fan and participates in many sports ranging from cycling, walking, and climbing to martial arts.