The North East Combined Authority came into existence on the 15 April 2014 as the Combined Authority for the LA7 area.

By the Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland Combined Authority (Establishment and Functions) Order 2018 the boundaries of NECA were changed on the 2 November 2018.

As a result of these governance changes the boundaries of NECA now cover the Local Authorities of Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

NECA and the Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland Combined Authority will work together on a number of areas to support the region, including Transport.  All seven local Authorities will remain members of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, the North East Joint Transport Committee, and supports Invest North East England.

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP) will continue to advocate for the region as a whole and provide strong, collaborative leadership to grow the North East economy through an effective partnership with the public, private, education and third sectors.