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.
Prior to becoming Mayor, Ben was a Councillor on Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, representing Yarm and Kirklevington Ward. He also led the Council’s opposition Conservative Group. In 2012 he stood as the Conservative parliamentary candidate in the Middlesbrough by-election, and in 2014 stood to become our region’s Member of the European Parliament.
As Mayor, Ben is implementing an ambitious agenda to drive jobs and economic growth in the Tees Valley.
Cllr Brown, who serves in the Kirkleatham ward in Redcar, was first elected to the Council in 2015. He served as the Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods in the Council’s administration between 2015 and 2019.+ More
He founded the business in 1990 and has been working in the media since 1980. He has been involved in top level projects featuring leading national figures in the world of business and politics.
Graham is the former chairman of the Institute of Directors in the North East, vice chair of the Entrepreneurs Forum and serves on the board of the Local Enterprise Partnership.
David is Vice President of GEODE, the European association for the electricity and gas distribution networks. He sits on the Government Industry Contact Group on Distributed Energy.+ More
Born in Middlesbrough and having lived in Teesside all his life, he was presented with a lifetime achievement award in 2019 by his peers for his contribution to local government.+ More
John is one of four directors supporting the Council in delivering the strategic direction of the organisation, and leads on the delivery of the Council’s transformational change programme. This has to date, achieved a combination of savings and income Growth of £90.5 million and he has orchestrated the programme to deliver a further £43.2 million of reductions through to 2023. He is the Chair of the North East Regional Director of Resources group, and is involved and engaged in the ongoing development of the Tees Valley Combined Authority.
John is a board member of a local Career Academy that supports a local sixth form college to allow students to gain early experience of work, and of ARCC, a Community Interest Company for the Durham & Tees Valley Probation Trust, where he is also the Chair of the Companies Audit Committee.
Prior to this, she was interim Managing Director of the Combined Authority, a position which she held from May 2018. Julie joined the organisation in August 2017 as the Finance Director for the Tees Valley Combined Authority and South Tees Development Corporation, overseeing the complex financial arrangements necessary to make a success of devolution and the economic transformation of the Tees Valley.
An experienced commercial chartered accountant, Julie undertakes important statutory responsibilities to ensure the efficient and transparent use of new funding available to the area.
Before joining the Combined Authority, Julie worked for Learning Curve Group Limited where she was Group Finance Director and also held a director’s role in Deloitte’s national public sector infrastructure team for more than 10 years. She brings many years’ experience in the public and private sector.
He is the Cities and Local Growth Unit’s deputy area director for Yorkshire Humber and the North East, leading the team based in the North East of England in our efforts to support economic growth and rebalance the economy.+ More
Sign up below to enter our mailing list for the Tees Valley NewsletterSubscribe →
Join us on social media for the latest news