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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 Jonathan Dulston

Position: Leader of Darlington Borough Council

Jonathan was first elected to Darlington Borough Council in 2019.  During this time he has held several senior roles, including cabinet member for stronger communities and deputy leader. Jonathan joined the combined authority in June…

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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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Siobhan McArdle

Position: Chair of Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership

Siobhan is the former Chief Executive of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and was previously the Trust’s Director of Transformation. Prior to that Siobhan worked as a Management Consultant working nationally and internationally on…

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