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The South Tees Development Corporation is the biggest economic regeneration project in the UK today. The board is made up of strong  leaders with a wealth of experience in business and regeneration projects and includes representatives from the public and private sector. The diverse backgrounds of the board will ensure that the South Tees Development Corporation will stay at forefront of business development and attract substantial new investment in the area.

The Tees Valley Mayor, Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, and the Mayor of Middlesbrough are statutory posts on the STDC Board. All board members are unremunerated for sitting on the board, with their work carried out as part of their civic duties.

Ben Houchen

Ben Houchen was elected as the Conservative Mayor of the Tees Valley in May 2017. The Tees Valley area covers the five boroughs of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, and Stockton-on-Tees. Prior to becoming…

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Mary Lanigan

Mary Lanigan is a highly experienced councillor currently serving as Leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council for the second time. The former nurse became the first female Leader of the Council in 2015 and…

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Andy Preston

Andy Preston was elected Mayor of Middlesbrough in May 2019 and is politically independent. After a successful career in investment banking and fund management Andy returned to North East England and has helped new businesses…

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Graham Robb

Graham Robb is the Senior Partner of Recognition Marketing & PR which he established in 1990; the company boasts a diverse portfolio of clients and operates in sectors including property and urban renewal, energy, manufacturing,…

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David Smith

David Smith joined Energy Networks Association in July 2003 as the Director of Policy, and he was appointed Chief Executive in October 2007. David is Vice President of GEODE, the European association for the electricity…

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Jacob Young MP

Jacob Young MP was elected as the Member of Parliament for the Redcar Constituency in December 2019. Born in Middlesbrough, Jacob has lived in Teesside since birth and previously worked in the Petrochemical Industry on…

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Neil Schneider DL

Neil was Chief Executive Officer at Stockton Borough Council for 11 years until 2019. He is an honorary senior fellow at The Institute of Place Leadership and a Deputy Lieutenant for Durham. Born in Middlesbrough…

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Associate Member: John Sampson

John Sampson is the Managing Director at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, a post he has held since November 2019. Before this he was the council’s Corporate Director for Resources since 2015, and was the…

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Associate Member: Julie Gilhespie (Group CEO)

In May 2020 Julie became Group Chief Executive for both South Tees Development Corporation and Tees Valley Combined Authority. She held the role of Chief Executive of Tees Valley Combined Authority from November 2018. Prior…

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Associate Member: Tom Smyth

Tom is the lead central Government advisor to the development corporation, supporting their plans to bring new investment and jobs to the site. He is the Cities and Local Growth Unit’s deputy area director for…

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