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Local Enterprise Partnership

“The Tees Valley Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership are a fantastic example of public-private partnership – the strongest and most ambitious in the country”

Paul Drechsler, former President of the CBI

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) were created by the government in 2011 to bring local authorities and businesses together to set local economic priorities, drive economic growth, improve infrastructure, raise skills and create jobs. The Tees Valley LEP is considered to be one of the most effective and integrated nationally.

When the Tees Valley Combined Authority was established in 2016 the Combined Authority and the LEP came together as one organisation, with a shared purpose and brand.

Private sector members of the LEP play a key role in influencing the development and delivery of the strategies of the Tees Valley Combined Authority. Members come together regularly to ensure that the unique voice of business is heard, and influences decision making.

Our private sector members act also as champions for their industries and ambassadors for Tees Valley.

The section below tells you a bit more about each members’ background and areas of activity and expertise. Please send any queries to the Policy Officer for the LEP at john.hart@teesvalley-ca.gov.uk, who can put you in touch with the relevant member.

For frequently asked questions regarding the LEP please click here.

LEP Board Meetings and Governance

Click here to see a list of all LEP Members register of interests

Members of the LEP Board include:

Siobhan McArdle

Position: Chair of Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (Private Sector Representative)

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Mayor Ben Houchen

Position: Tees Valley Mayor (Public Sector Representative)

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Councillor Heather Scott

Position: Leader of Darlington Borough Council (Public Sector Representative)

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Councillor Shane Moore

Position: Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council (Public Sector Representative)

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Mayor Andy Preston

Position: Mayor of Middlesbrough (Public Sector Representative)

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Councillor Mary Lanigan

Position: Leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council (Public Sector Representative)

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Councillor Bob Cook

Position: Leader of Stockton Borough Council (Public Sector Representative)

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Professor Paul Croney

Position: Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Teesside University (Higher Education Representative)

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Brenda McLeish

Position: Chief Executive Officer, Learning Curve Group (Private Sector Representative) Theme Lead: Education, Employment and Skills

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Mark South

Position: Chief Operating Officer, Double Eleven Ltd. (Private Sector Representative) & SME Champion Theme Lead and Sector Champion: Digital

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Annabel Turpin

Position: Chief Executive & Artistic Director, ARC (Private Sector Representative) Theme Lead: Culture

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Jen Vanderhoven

Position: Director, National Horizon Centre (Teesside University) Thematic Lead for Health and Biologics

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Steph Carter Smith

Position: City Manager for CityFibre Thematic Lead for Construction and Infrastructure

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Stephen Gill

Position: Global Account Executive for Cummins Thematic Lead: Manufacturing and Innovation Commercialisation

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Matthew Ord

Position: Company Ambassador, LV Shipping and Transport Thematic Lead: Transport and Logistics

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Kate Roe

Position: Principal and Chief Executive of Darlington College Further Education Representative

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Joanna Wake

Position: Director of Innovation, Baltic Apprenticeships Thematic Lead for Business Growth

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Yasmin Khan

Thematic Lead for Inclusive Growth

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