The Tees Valley Combined Authority Board is chaired by the Mayor of the Tees Valley and is made up of representatives from the five Tees Valley Local Authorities and the chair of Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership. Other members of the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership board are associate members of the Combined Authority.

Mayor Ben Houchen

Position: Tees Valley Mayor

Ben was elected the first Tees Valley Mayor in May 2017 and represents 670,000 people. Before that, he was the Conservative opposition leader on Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council where he represented the Yarm Ward. Ben is…

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Councillor Stephen Harker

Position: Leader of Darlington Borough Council

Councillor Stephen Harker was appointed Leader of the Darlington Borough Council on 19 July 2018 after being Deputy Leader since 2011. He was originally elected to the Council in 1995 to represent the Pierremont Ward…

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Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher

Position: Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher has more than 22 years of senior local government experience, having worked previously in finance, revenues and benefits as a local government officer at a number of North-East councils. As well as…

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Mayor David Budd

Position: Mayor of Middlesbrough

Mayor Budd, who has lived in and worked around Middlesbrough his whole life and raised his family in the town, became Middlesbrough's second directly-elected Mayor in May 2015. He worked as a local bank manager for…

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Councillor Sue Jeffrey

Position: Leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

Councillor Jeffrey has more than 25 years’ experience working in the public, private and third sectors at regional, local and national level.  Until she took early retirement in 2009 she was Executive Director of the…

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Councillor Bob Cook

Position: Leader of Stockton Borough Council

Bob Cook has been Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council since 2011 and was first elected as a councillor in 1987. He currently represents the Norton South ward. Prior to becoming Council Leader, he was Cabinet…

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Paul Booth OBE

Position: Chair of Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership

Paul Booth worked in the chemical industry for more than 40 years. Born on Teesside, he started his career as an apprentice with ICI and retired in 2016 as the Chairman of Sabic UK Petrochemicals as…

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