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 Heather Scott

Position: Leader of Darlington Borough Council

First elected as councillor for Darlington in 1976, served on various committees and Leader of Conservative group from 2009. Mayor of Darlington 1988/89 and awarded OBE for political and community service in Queens Birthday Honours…

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Councillor Shane Moore

Position: Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council

Mayor Andy Preston

Position: Mayor of Middlesbrough

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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Councillor Mary Lanigan

Position: Leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

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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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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