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

LEPs were created by Government, and exist across the country, however the Tees Valley LEP is considered to be one of the most effective and integrated nationally.

Tees Valley has a long history of joint working across public and private sectors. Our LEP was established in 2011. This business-led partnership involved local authorities and business representatives working together to drive economic growth, create jobs, improve infrastructure and raise workforce skills within the local area.

Tees Valley Combined Authority was established in 2016. This further cemented the relationship between the public and private sectors in Tees Valley, as 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 economic policy and initiatives in Tees Valley. Members come together regularly to ensure that the unique voice of business is heard, and influences decision making. On top of this, our private sector members act as champions for their industry and ambassadors for Tees Valley.

The LEP is integral to everything that the Combined Authority does. To understand more, please explore our website, including our approaches to support businesses to grow; supporting investment; developing skills for our businesses and residents to thrive; ensuring our transport and infrastructure meets the needs of local business; developing the offer at the South Tees Development area; enhancing our area to ensure that Tees Valley is seen as an attractive place to live, work, study and invest.

If you’d like to discuss anything about our work, the LEP Board members will be pleased to hear from you. The section below tells you a bit more about each members’ background and areas of activity, so you can determine the most appropriate member to talk to. Please send any queries to the Strategy, Policy & intelligence Manager at geraldine.brown@teesvalley-ca.gov.uk, who can put you in touch with the relevant member. Alternatively, you can contact the individual members’ email addresses, where they are provided below.

For frequently asked questions regarding the LEP please click here.

LEP Board Meetings and Governance

Members of the LEP Board include:

Paul Booth OBE

Position: Chair of Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (Private Sector Representative) Sector Champion: Process & Chemicals

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Mayor Ben Houchen

Position: Tees Valley Mayor (Public Sector Representative)

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Councillor Stephen Harker

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

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Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher

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

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Mayor David Budd

Position: Mayor of Middlesbrough (Public Sector Representative)

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Councillor Sue Jeffrey

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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Darren Hankey

Position: Principal, Hartlepool College of Further Education (Further Education Representative)

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Jerry Hopkinson

Position: Chief Operating Officer, PD Ports (Private Sector Representative) Sector Champion and Theme Lead: Logistics, Transport & Infrastructure

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Angela Howey

Position: Head of Consumer, EE (Private Sector Representative) Sector Champion: Business & Professional Services

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Vikki Jackson-Smith

Position: Chief Executive Officer, J&B Recycling (Private Sector Representative) & SME Representative Sector Champion: Energy/Circular Economy

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Mike Matthews MBE

Position: Private Sector Representative Sector Champion: Advanced Manufacturing

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Siobhan McArdle

Position: Chief Executive and Transformation Director, South Tees NHS Trust (Health Representative) Theme Lead: Health

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Brenda McLeish

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

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Alby Pattison MBE

Position: Managing Director, Hart Biologics (Private Sector Representative) & SME Representative Sector Champion: Health & Biologics

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Nigel Perry

Position: Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Process Innovation (Private Sector Representative) Theme Lead: Research, Development, Innovation & Clean Growth

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Graham Robb

Position: Senior Partner, Recognition PR (Private Sector Representative) & SME Representative

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David Soley

Position: Deputy Chair of Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (Private Sector Representative) & SME Representative Theme Lead: Business Growth

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Mark South

Position: Chief Operating Officer, Double Eleven Ltd. (Private Sector Representative) & SME Representative 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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