Director of Business and Skills

Tees Valley is where five distinct boroughs come together to make one exceptional destination in which to invest, live, work and visit.

The Tees Valley Combined Authority has made huge progress since its creation over two years ago, taking on devolved responsibilities from Government for transport, infrastructure, skills, business investment, and developing local collaborations on culture, tourism and housing.

These powers are backed up by substantial funding, a ten-year plan (approved in 2019) outlines how £588million worth of spending will support the creation of 16,785 jobs and an additional £1.48billion to the area’s economic output.

The investment plan, which supports the delivery of the Combined Authority’s Strategic Economic Plan was first launched in 2017 and includes £20million for a major transformational project in each of the five local authority boroughs, and an indigenous Growth Fund of £50million to improve and revitalise towns and communities.

We’re proud of our historical impact across the globe – from celebrated explorers and introducing the first passenger railway to providing the steel that built the modern world.

That legacy lives on today in the area’s rail and engineering industries, our deep-sea port and advanced manufacturing heart. Tees Valley is also a dynamic business location for digital and creative technologies, and a leading destination for process industry and new energy companies.

We love our diverse region, the five boroughs and their unique strengths that make Tees Valley greater than the sum of its parts, where the industrial skyline impressively frames rolling green landscapes and beautiful coastlines. A place of cultural and economic growth.

Welcome from the Tees Valley Mayor

As Chair of the Combined Authority, my goal is to drive economic growth and realise the enormous potential for the Tees Valley region.

Our Strategic Economic Plan, which is our local industrial strategy, aims to deliver 25,000 new jobs and around 23,000 new homes between 2016 and 2026. It is at the heart of our plans to transform Tees Valley into a thriving and prosperous place to invest, work, live and visit.

Tees Valley continues to play a significant role in the development of the Northern Powerhouse economy. The election of a Mayor in May 2017 means that we are now one of only eight parts of the country to have a Metro Mayor. This puts us at the top table with big city regions and, with devolved powers on key issues such as employment and skills, transport, culture, planning and investment, we now get to decide how we deal with the matters that are important to us.

I am committed to delivering Government’s Industrial Strategy, as I plan to create an economy that boosts productivity and earning power in Tees Valley, demonstrates clear growth and improves consumer and business confidence. There are fantastic opportunities and a growing optimism and buzz around the region. Not only do we have the biggest development opportunity in the UK with the Mayoral Development Corporation at South Tees, these are also exciting times for our culture and tourism, transport and education sectors.

Our Director of Business Innovation and Skills will have a hugely important role to play in delivering our plans and taking us on to the next stage of our journey. If you share our ambitions, relish opportunities to work in partnership with various stakeholders at national, regional and local level, and have the skills and values to lead and engage a high performing team, we would be delighted to hear from you.

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