A TOP industrialist is to lead production of a report to unite the economic might of the North of England to boost its prosperity.
Sir Graham Hall, 60, former chairman of Yorkshire Forward development body, has a new role as chairman of The Northern Way steering group.
He will oversee a project to link economic development, education, skills, housing and transport policies in the North.
Also, Ed Balls, the chief economic adviser to the Treasury, is Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott's and Chancellor Gordon Brown's personal representative on the group.
Regional development agencies for the North want to create a 'Northern Growth Corridor' to boost the region's productivity, reduce regional disparities and tackle social exclusion by linking areas of opportunity with need.
The corridor would follow the line of the M62, stretching across the Pennines and including Huddersfield.
Sir Graham said: "I have a passion for the North. I've worked in the North most of my life and I still live in Yorkshire. I can see the tremendous latent potential it has."